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Dr. James Flickner

James L. Flickner, O.D.


Dr. James L. Flickner graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1971 and the Southern California College of Optometry in 1975. In addition to family eyecare, his areas of expertise include Low Vision examination and treatment, fitting challenging contact lens prescriptions, and Sports Vision. He is a long-standing member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the Monterey Bay Optometric Society. In recent years he has been an international speaker on the for Vistakon (maker of Acuvue contacts), Essilor of America (maker of Varilux progressive lenses), and Optos (maker of the Optomap retinal scanner). He has been the sole owner of Romie Lane Optometric Center since 1978. Dr. Flickner was recently joined in the practice by his son, Dr. Christian Flickner and daughter-in-law, Dr. Jennell Bockenstedt.





Christian Flickner OD

Christian J. Flickner, O.D.


Dr. Christian J. Flickner grew up on the Monterey Peninsula. He attended the Washington Union School District and then Palma High School. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento in 2001 with a degree in biology. He graduated cum laude from the Southern California College of Optometry in 2005. Dr. Christian Flickner enjoys golfing, fishing, and watching sports. His areas of interest and expertise are family eyecare, ocular health, and pathology. He is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the Monterey Bay Optometric Society. He is the oldest son of Dr. James L. Flickner and has been a talented addition to the practice since 2005. Dr. Christian and Dr. Jennell were married in 2007 and live in Las Palmas. They have a son Cole James Flickner and a daugther Jordan Jean Flickner.




Dr. Jennell Bockenstedt

Jennell J. Bockenstedt, O.D.


Dr. Jennell Bockenstedt grew up in Strawberry Point, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in biomedical in 2001. She then escaped the winters of the Midwest and attended the Southern California College of Optometry. She is now happy to call Monterey County home and has really enjoyed becoming part of such an amazing community. Dr. Bockenstedt enjoys spending her free time traveling back to Iowa to see her family. She wrote her thesis on High Order Aberration and is interested in pediatric optometry. She is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, and the Monterey Bay Optometric Society. Romie Lane Optometric Center was happy to have Dr. Bockenstedt join our practice in 2005. Dr. Christian and Dr. Jennell were married in 2007 and live in Las Palmas. She and Dr. Christian Flickner have a son Cole James Flickner and a daugther Jordan Jean Flickner.



Maureen Hong, O.D.


Dr. Maureen Hong grew up on the Monterey Peninsula and attended Foothill Elementary School, Colton Middle School and Monterey High School. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997 with a degree in Psychology. She graduated with honors from Southern California College of Optometry in 2003. She has worked in the medical and optometric fields since 1995. She joined Romie Lane Optometric Center in 2012; and is a welcome addition to our practice. Dr. Hong lives in the Monterey Bay Area with her son and daughter.





Management


Cynthia Staub, CPOA


Cynthia Staub graduated from North Salinas High School then the University of Maryland, Munich Germany extension. Cynthia has worked in the Optical business for 30 years, starting while she was still in high school. She has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 1991 and has been the Office Administrator since October 2005. Cynthia is a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant and Certified Low Vision Technician. She is a member of the paraoptometric sections of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and Monterey Bay Optometric Society. She has been a guest speaker on various optical and health topics at Central Bay High School, Salinas City Elementary schools the Santa Clara Optometric Society and for Vision West. Cynthia enjoys continuing education; her most recently completed courses are the Chief Experience Officer Certification and the Ritz Carlton Method training program in 2014. Her areas of interest include fashion and enviromental ethics. She enjoys spending time with her two grown sons Zachary and Lancelot and friends at the beach or hiking.


Dispensing Opticians


Cindy Lopez


Cindy Lopez graduated from North Monterey County High School. Cindy has worked in the Optical industry for 32 years, including an optical laboratory before she started at Romie Lane Optometric Center in 1995 as a Dispensing Optician. She is a member of the paraoptometric sections of the California Optometric Association and the Monterey Bay Optometric Society. Cindy's specialty areas in the office are low vision and lens verification. She is our go to person for adjustments and repairs. Cindy is married to Rey and has two grown children Daniel and Merlina. When not working Cindy enjoys nature.


Deanna Hinojosa, CPOA, NCLE


Deanna Hinojosa graduated from Alisal High School. Deanna has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2001 as a Dispensing Optician. Deanna is a Certified Paraoptometric Assistant and Certified Contact Lens Technician. She is a member of the paraoptometric sections of the California Optometric Association and the National Contact Lens Examiners. Deanna's specialty areas in the office are low vision and contact lenses. She completed The Vision Care Institute, LLC staff readiness and contact lens program in 2008. Deanna is married to Fabian and has three children, Jasmine, Javanny and Juliana. When not working Deanna enjoys family time.


Kim Pantel, CPOT, NCLE, ABOC


Kim Pantel graduated from Timothy Christian High School in Elmhurst, IL. Kim has worked in the optical industry for 25 years and has been at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2008 as a Dispensing Optician. Kim is a Certified Paraoptometric Technician, Certified Contact Lens Technician and Certified with the American Board of Opticians. She is a member of the paraoptometric sections of the California Optometric Association and the Monterey Bay Optometric Society. She is the past chair person of the COA paraoptometric section. Kim's specialty area in the office is custom fitting contacts. Kim is married to Matt, has three grown children and two grandchildren. When not working Kim enjoys gardening and reading.


Ruth Soto-Arriaga, CPO


Ruth Arriaga graduated from Everett Alvarez High School and then San Jose State University. Ruth has worked in the optical industry for 13 years. She has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2014 as a Dispensing Optician. Ruth recently became a Certified Paraoptometric. She is a member of the paraoptometric section of the California Optometric Association. Ruth's specialty area in the office is frame buying; in the fall of 2014 she attended the Frame buyers Program in Las Vegas to gain more expertise in world wide fashion trends. Ruth was recently married in 2013. When not working Ruth enjoys going out with her husband.


Jasper Fontejon


Jasper Fontejon graduated from Everett Alvarez High School and then Bay Area Optical school. He started working at Romie Lane Optometric Center in 2014 as a Dispensing Optician. Jasper's specialty area in the office is frame selections and safety & sport glasses. Jasper has one son Aidyn. When not working Jasper enjoys spending time with friends and family, fine dining, watching sports and attending concerts.


Health Test


Evangelina Rodriguez


Evangelina Rodriguez graduated from Central Valley High School in Madera, CA. She has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2003 as a Health Test Technician. She is a member of the paraoptometric section of the California Optometric Association. Evangelina has two young sons MJ and Nico. When not working Evangelina enjoys spending time with her children.

 

 

 

 

Angela Martinez


Angela Martinez graduated from North Salinas High School. She has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2012 as a Health Test Technician. She is a member of the paraoptometric section of the California Optometric Association. Angela is married to Jarred and has three children Jade, Bella and Blake.




Front Desk



Dolores Valdivia


Dolores Valdivia graduated from Watsonville High School. Dolores has worked in the optical industry for 12 years. She has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2012 as a Paraoptometric. She is a member of the paraoptometric section of the California Optometric Association. Dolores is married to Trin and has two children Matthew and Samantha. When not working Dolores likes to read, watch movies and cook especially homemade jam.




Alissa Bassetti


Alissa graduated from Golden West High School in Visalia, CA and Hartnell College. Alissa has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2014 as a Paraoptometric. She lives with her father and her cat Morris. When not working Alissa enjoys exploring the beaches of California and makeup application. She is also working on her certification to become a radiology technician.





Susan Durham


Susan graduated from Esperanza High School in Placentia, Anaheim, CA, then attended the Medical Assisting program at Central Coast College in Salinas followed by the Ultimate Medical Academy for Billing and Coding. Susan is our newest staff member and has worked at Romie Lane Optometric Center since 2014. She has one daughter and three grandchildren. When not working Susan enjoys cooking, reading and painting.