Our Opticians.

Hola Araceli!


Araceli Paguaga, Optician was born in Nicaragua and has been working in the optometry and optical fields for over 17 years. Her passion is to give patients beautiful vision . . . helping them see and look their very best. Araceli believes that there is a perfect frame for every head shape, face shape, nose shape, complexion, hair color and eye color.

Sit down with Araceli for a "glasses fitting," and you will walk away with something you may not have expected, but with something you are very happy with.

Araceli is an avid baseball and volleyball spectator and participant. She lives in Castro Valley with her fiance and their 3 year old maltese puppy: Princess.

Hullo Amanda!

Amanda Kerr Optician Oakland Vision Center

Amanda Cain, Optician. Born and raised in the Shasta Lake area of California, Amanda has always loved nature and staying active. Ever happen to see a 75 pound lab/great dane mix hiking around? Well, that would happen to be Amanda and her dog, Ruby. 

She started in optometry about 5 years ago as a receptionist and quickly found her calling with styling frames and fitting lenses. For Amanda, the best part of her day is getting to know the little tidbits of her patient's life. 

Amanda recently got married, yay! And yes, this Disney-obsessed optician spent her honeymoon at a Disney-themed resort in Hawaii. Because, Minnie Mouse.

Hiiiii Melanie!

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Melanie Kotani, Optician was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. She feels blessed to be given an opportunity to work for a private practice 5 years ago –  starting off as a receptionist. From there, her drive and desire to learn had blossomed. She became more interested in optics and how different lenses could benefit a patient, which has led her journey to become an optician. 

One day Dr. Gill got a Facebook message from an old undergraduate and optometry schoolmate about a niece moving from Sacramento to the Bay Area. It was Melanie's auntie. Let's just say - the rest is optical history.

In Melanie's spare time, she enjoys organizing. Organizing. And organizing. Let's just say, she loves The Container Store and IKEA. When she is not busy organizing, she is on the road trying new food spots around California. Right now, she is enjoying her new journey as a vegan.