Dr. Jeffrey Safarik, O.D.

Dr. Jeffrey Safarik O.D., an optometrist, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1984. He received a second Bachelor of Science in Visual Science in 1986 from the Southern California College of Optometry.

In 1988, Dr. Safarik O.D. graduated in the top one-third of his class with a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He moved to San Diego, joining a large eye care group and was Director of Doctors for over fifty clinics that operated in California.

Two years later, he was offered a position at a Southern California vision firm, practicing eight years in the Carlsbad and La Jolla. He was chairman of the Quality Assurance committee for the group’s 15 offices. In order to practice vision care without the restraints of HMO guidelines, he joined Astorino and Associates Eye Center in Newport Beach in 1998. Dr. Safarik was Clinic Director at the eye center for six years, handling many of the day to day operations as well as patient care. His years of experience in pre-operative and post-operative care for LASIK, cataract, pterygium, oculo-plastics and other surgeries has advanced his knowledge and skills building his clinical foundation. He is therapeutically licensed and trained to treat eye conditions including allergies, infections, dry eye disease, glaucoma and Macular degeneration.

Dr. Safarik lives in Eastside Costa Mesa with his lovely wife Monica and his dog, London.
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Dr. Loren D. Rude, O.D.

Dr. Loren D. Rude is the Clinical Director and Executive Director for Nvision Eye Centers in Fullerton.

While at Nvision, Dr. Rude worked as Refractive Surgery Clinical Adjunct Professor at Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). During his tenure at SCCO his emphasis was in co-management of cataract and refractive surgery patients with extensive research and lectures to his credit in the field.

Dr. Rude earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry (ICO). While at ICO, Dr. Rude worked with prominent surgeons from the University of Illinois, Chicago in clinical rotations at West Side VA. His emphasis there was on ocular disease and co-management of surgical cases. While at Surgeons and Eye Consultants, Omega Group; Dr. Rude developed an interest in refractive surgery. He received the Southwest Contact Lens Society Scholarship for Excellence in cornea and contact lens services. He received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine.

In addition to overseeing the daily clinical operations of Nvision, Dr. Rude is committed to helping the staff develop and maintain a network of affiliated optometrists in the community who provide pre-operative and post-operative care to patients undergoing cataract and refractive surgery. He is a member of American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and International Society of Refractive Surgery.

In his spare time Dr. Rude enjoys spending time with his wife and two children either skiing, doing water sports, or cooking a great meal.

Dr. Rachel Misquitta O.D.

Dr. Rachel Misquitta. O.D., was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta,Canada. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science at the University of Alberta. She then moved to Southern California where she attended Southern California College of Optometry. During her Optometry studies she was awarded multiple academic scholarships and was apart of the Omega Delta Fraternity as well as the Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society.

Dr. Misquitta graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Southern California College of Optometry in 2015 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Palm Springs where she worked at aco-management medical office alongside multiple Ophthalmologists and Optometrists for 2 years. During her time there she practiced to the fullest extent of her Optometry license including diagnosing and managing ocular disease, completing comprehensive eye exams, fitting contact lenses and managing pre and post-operative surgical patients. Following that time,Dr. Misquitta worked at a Laser vision surgical center in Irvine, CA. At this facility she enhanced her knowledge and skills in regards to LASIK and PRK surgery.

She is therapeutically licensed and Glaucoma certified. She currently resides in Aliso Viejo with her husband and young son.

Lou Roy Elder, O.D.

In memoriam

Opened his first private practice in Newport Beach in 1964.

Education and Affiliation:

  • Undergraduate Degree from University of Southern California
  • Graduate Degree from University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Doctorate Degree from Los Angeles College of Optometry
  • Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent Certified
  • Member of California Optometric Society
  • Member of American Optometric Society
  • Affiliate of TLC Laser Eye Centers

Monica Safarik

Director of Operations and Eyelid Hygienist


Manager and Master Optician




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