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At the offices of Dr. Mintz you'll find a caring team of professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of personalized eye care for the whole family. We value our patient relationships and strive to improve quality of life and vision wellness through uncompromised service and state-of-the-art technology. Dr. Mintz and her staff are a close-working team dedicated to serving the people of Corona and Upland.  Please read about us in the paragraphs that follow to get to know your eyecare providers.

Dena M. Mintz, O.D., F.A.A.O.,
 Cornea and Contact Lens Section Diplomate of the American Academy of Optometry

A 1987 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Mintz has been serving Corona residents since 1988. As the only Optometrist in the Inland Empire to have earned Diplomate status in the Cornea and Contact Lens Section of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Mintz is recognized by her peers as a specialist in treating challenging or difficult-to-fit contact lens patients. She receives referrals from the National Keratoconus Foundation as well as other area eye doctors for treatment of complicated contact lens cases.

Dr. Mintz served for 14 years as Assistant Clinical Professor in the area of Family Practice at the Southern California College of Optometry. Over the years, many of the area's finest new optometrists have been instructed in clinical practice by Dr. Mintz.

Besides her practice responsibilities, Dr. Mintz is Past President of the California Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry. She is a clinical investigator for Vistakon and Allergan Corporations. And she has served on the National Doctor's Advisory Panel for Wesley-Jessen Corporation. She has worked with both the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and the California State Board of Optometry to help insure both the safety of the public and the integrity of the optometric profession.

Dr. Mintz is very proud to be a second-generation optometrist. After the 2007 passing of her father, Dr. Irwin Mintz, she is honored to take the helm of the Upland optometric practice he worked so many years to build.

Thanks, in no small part, to the highly capable doctors and support staff at both Corona and Upland offices, Dr. Mintz splits her time between the two locations. She appreciates your confidence, and looks forward to your next visit at the location nearest you.

Irwin H. Mintz, O.D.

Now deceased, Dr. Irwin Mintz was a 1957 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry. He established this new practice in the Inland Empire in 1968. Eventually outgrowing it's first location in the Montclair Plaza, he moved the practice to it's current location in Upland, where his daughter, Dr. Dena Mintz, is proud to carry on in his footsteps.

Laurence Rubin, O.D.

A 1975 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Rubin has been practicing full-time at Dr. Mintz' Upland office since 1996. He is a certified Vision Service Plan provider; and he is comfortable performing eye examinations and contact lens fittings, in either English or Spanish, with patients of all age groups.

Dr. Rubin's solid background and many years of experience in this field make him an obvious choice to provide your family's eyecare.

Karissa Paul, O.D.

A 2006 graduate, with Honors, of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Karissa Paul is also proud to have completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science degree. Dr. Paul's solid mid-western upbringing and her background in psychology really do help to make her a natural hit with patients. They love her outgoing personality and her down-to-earth way of relating to them as individuals. To our great fortune, Dr. Paul enjoys living and serving patients in the Inland Empire. She has been a welcome addition to our Corona practice since 2006.

Paul Yang, O.D.

A 1990 graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Dr. Yang received the Silhouette Award in Clinical Geriatrics, the Allergan Optical Contact Lens award and a Beta Sigma Kappa Research Grant.  He received a B.S. in Biology from UC Irvine in 1986 and appeared on the Deanís List.

Most of his career has been spent working with Ophthalmologists.  He has performed Pre and Post-Operative examinations for a multitude of conditions, including Cataract, Glaucoma, Penetrating Keratoplasty (Corneal Transplant) and LASIK.  He has experience working with patients of all ages, from two day old newborns to 102 year olds.

 In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Yang also serves as one of only seventeen Chief Examiners for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO).  The NBEO serves to protect the public by developing, administering, and evaluating the competency of Doctors of Optometry seeking licensure to practice.

 Dr. Yang relates well to his patients due to his own unique history.  He is highly nearsighted with a fair amount of astigmatism, possesses a severe case of dry eyes, has chronic allergic conjunctivitis, and glaucoma. 

 Dr. Yang has had specialty training in Low Vision at the Center for the Partially Sighted in Santa Monica, in Vision Therapy at Juvenile Hall in San Bernardino, Ocular Pathology at the Veteranís Administration Outpatient Clinic in Las Vegas and Contact Lenses at the Allergan Research Clinic in Irvine.  Dr. Yang is also a member of the Optometric Retina Society, the Optometric Glaucoma Society and is certified as a Paragon CRT and Focus Night and Day fitter.


Terry Parker, Optometric Technician

Terry has been providing services at our Upland office since 1983. She graduated from Fisher Junior College in Boston, Massachusetts, with an Associate in Science Degree as Technical of the Year. Terry has always held herself to the highest of professional standards. As a technician, her responsibilities encompass a variety of skills such as insurance consultant, optical dispenser and contact lens technician. But that's just the surface. Behind the scenes, Terry is the soft, rational voice, who navigates, and keeps us all abreast of, the constantly changing terrain of insurance requirements and benefits. She is a tremendous asset to our team.

Michelle Watson, Optician

As much the reason for our success as Dr. Mintz himself, Michelle is a highly trained Optician, fully certified and accredited by the American Board of Opticianry. She has been assisting Dr. Mintz' Upland patients since 1984 and is expert in the selection, fitting and repair of all types of eyewear.  She will adjust your glasses to fit like a glove.

It's obvious that Michelle truly loves what she does. Her positive, outgoing personality will make you feel right at home.  Ask her "what's biting?" for the details of her latest fishing trip.

Orlanda Aquiar, Optician

Orlanda has a varied background which includes experience in both medical and optical laboratory settings. As a valued member of our Upland staff since 1999, she puts her skills to excellent use, educating patients in the proper care and handling of contact lenses. Orlanda is always on top of the latest in contact lens technology as well as recent findings with regard to the safety and efficacy of lens care products. In addition, Orlanda is equally comfortable assisting patients with all of their other eyewear needs. Her optical laboratory experience combined with her innate mechanical aptitude make her a natural to assist you in the selection, fitting and, when needed, repair of your eyeglasses. Orlanda is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Mary Lopez, Office Coordinator

Our friendly receptionist, is the first smiling face you'll see when you visit our office.  Mary, our Office Coordinator, has been warmly greeting our Upland patients since 1987. With Mary, you never feel rushed. She will take the greatest of care to answer the questions you may have concerning your insurance coverage or other appointment details. Mary is fluent in both English and Spanish, and she will make it easy to book your examination at a time that is convenient for you.

Cynthia Du Rousseaux, Optician

Cynthia began her training in Dr. Mintz' Corona office in 2004, and she now shares her fast knowledge and enthusiasm for Optometry with both Upland and Corona offices. In her short tenure, she has become the go-to girl for questions about our computer software.

Cynthia will gladly assist you with your eyewear and contact lenses. She can explain most of our diagnostic procedures and answer many of your insurance questions. And, most importantly, when Cynthia doesn't know the answer, she knows where to go looking for it.

 Jennifer Dehler, Optician

Though new to our Corona office, Jennifer is not new to the field. She brings with her 6 years' experience in a very forward-thinking professional optometric practice. We enjoy her friendly exhuberant personality, and respect her extensive product knowledge.

Kathy Lariscy, Bookkeeper

Kathy first came to work for Dr. Mintz as a part-time bookkeeper in 1999. Before long, her excellent organizational skills and willingness to roll up her sleeves and help wherever she was needed made her a full-time fixture and a truly vital member of our staff. So, in addition to the bookkeeping duties for which she was trained and hired, Kathy is also the smiling face behind your yearly reminder postcard. And she may, in fact, be the friendly voice who schedules your annual examination appointment.


We truly value the opportunity to care for you!

To complement our modern facilities, our knowledgeable visual testing team works with the latest and greatest technologies to best assess the health of your eyes. The doctor will complete the exam by inspecting your eyes, discussing eye care options, and answering your questions. When you visit our office, you will leave completely satisfied and confident with our doctor, staff and services!

We invite you to refer your friends and family to our comprehensive website and our practice. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices at (951) 737-7820 or (909) 985-2876.

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