Kelvin K. Tang, OD, FAAO is proud to have returned to the Bay Area. He grew up in Pleasant Hill, having attended Valhalla Elementary, Valley View Middle, and College Park High School. Dr. Tang attended the University of California, Los Angeles on an academic scholarship. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology before moving to Forest Grove, OR to attend optometry school at Pacific University. There, he was an assistant coach for the women's varsity volleyball team, an optometric teaching assistant, as well as an optometric research assistant for projects requested by Nike™ and AO-Sola™. At graduation, Dr. Tang received awards for Outstanding Overall Clinician and Beta Sigma Kappa Excellence in Research.
Dr. Tang furthered his clinical experience by pursuing a clinical fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. While there, Dr. Tang honed techniques on specialty contact lens fittings for keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, post-penetrating keratoplasty, infantile aphakia, ocular prosthetics, irregular cornea, and post-keratoprosthesis implantation. The thoroughness of this training sparked his interest in difficult refraction and fitting of contact lenses, leading him to further study this field as a Diplomate. Dr. Tang published three peer-reviewed journal articles during his time at Jules Stein Eye Institute.
Dr. Tang became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) in 2006 in San Diego, CA. In 2011, he earned his Diplomate in the section on Cornea and Contact Lenses in Boston, MA. In addition to his practice, Blink Optometric, Dr. Tang is currently an assistant clinical professor at UC Berkeley, though his heart will always be that of a Bruin. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and two sons.
Dr. Ashley Darnell is a licensed optometrist in California and certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease. Originally from Florida, she earned a bachelor of science in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. After graduation Dr. Darnell attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she graduated with clinical honors. She is trained in primary care optometry, contact lens fitting, and vision rehabilitation. Dr. Darnell also received specialty training in pediatric and infant optometry, binocular vision, traumatic brain injury recovery, and vision therapy. Pediatric and infant vision has become one of her favorite aspects of optometry. Dr. Darnell completed her clinical rotations at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, the Salem Veteran Affairs hospital in Virginia, and NVISION Laser Eye Centers. In her spare time, Dr. Darnell likes to spend time in San Francisco, traveling, and playing with her yellow lab, Hachi.