If luck is where opportunity meets preparation, then Dr. Teresa Mayhew has been lucky indeed. On the day she received her doctorate degree at the Southern California College of Optometry in 1987, a friend and colleague invited her to join his practice in Carpinteria. The ensuing 32-years, she says, have been a rewarding experience serving her patients in Carpinteria.

While running Carpinteria Eye Care and helping her husband with bookkeeping in his real estate business, Dr. Mayhew also raised their two sons (who now attend her undergraduate alma mater at San Francisco State University), which no doubt has made for a very full working life. But after the Jan. 9, 2018 debris flow destroyed their home in Montecito, Dr. Mayhew felt it was the right time to ease out of her optometry practice. The house has been re-built and she looks forward resuming her family life there.

On the other end of the work-life spectrum, Dr. Steven M. Kleen (also a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry), purchased the practice with his father, Dr. Steven R. Kleen, an optometrist as well, in December of last year. The junior Dr. Kleen played professional baseball for five years in the minor league with the Oakland Athletics before pursuing optometry. He attended Pepperdine University where he played Division I baseball and was honored as a Division I All American and Academic All-American, as well as Pepperdine Scholar Athlete of the Year. Dr. Kleen graduated with a degree in Sports Medicine. When he is not seeing patients, the doctor enjoys surfing, biking and spending quality time with his wife and four children. In regards to eye care, his interests include specialty contact lens fitting, myopia control, ocular disease treatment and management, and sports vision. Dr. Kleen’s father (also a college athlete in track and baseball) joins his son in the practice and daughter, Kristen Hughes, a pediatrician, in serving the people of Carpinteria.

Keeping continuity in the practice is important to Dr. Kleen, and he brings a client-focused approach to his business. Dr. Mayhew’s longtime receptionist Elizabeth Quiroga (who also keeps detailed records straight), will continue to greet patients at the front desk and on the telephone. Additionally, Optician Joe Vega, with 40 years of experience in the eye care industry, rounds-out the new Carpinteria Eye Care roster and notes that he enjoys educating customers on the latest developments in lens technology.    


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