Our New Optix Optometry Team

Our Doctors

Dr. Mini Ta, O.D.

Dr. Mini Ta attended the University of California, Irvine where she received her Bachelor in Public Health Science in 2008. She received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in May 2014. Dr. Ta spent a portion of her rotation at the Las Vegas VA specializing in a variety of ocular disease such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, optic neuropathy, and hypertensive retinopathy.

She completed her rotation at the Illinois Eye Institute specializing in specialty contact lenses, pediatric care along with primary care optometry, and low vision. Lastly, she finished her rotations in New York at the Brooklyn VA where she specialized in treating and managing patients with various retinal diseases including glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Ta is presently licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and is certified to manage and treat glaucoma. She provides comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages along with treating and managing dry eyes, red eyes, and anterior/posterior ocular diseases. Along with soft contact lenses, she also fits specialty contact lenses made specifically for each individual patient.

Dr. Ta grew up in Saipan, which is part of the Marianas Islands in the Pacific. Feel free to come in and ask Dr. Ta more about this tiny island she calls her home. On her free time, she enjoys eating at different restaurants, traveling, the beach, and spending time with her two boys Kellan and Greyson.

Dr. Michael Tran, O.D.

Dr. Tran received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2005. He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012, after completing internships at the VA Hospital in Las Vegas, NV and Daytona Beach, FL where he specialized in geriatric ocular diseases such glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts.

He also completed an internship at the Optometric Vision Development Center in La Jolla, CA, where he received honors in his clinical experience. At this site, Dr. Tran created individualized treatment programs designed to correct visual-motor and/or perceptual-cognitive deficiencies in children and adults. Dr. Tran also has a considerable amount of experience with low vision and specialized contact lens fitting at the Illinois Eye Institute.

Dr. Tran is presently licensed as a Therapeutic Optometrist and is certified to manage and treat glaucoma. He provides comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages along with treating and managing dry eyes, red eyes, and anterior/posterior ocular diseases. 

Dr. Tran is an active member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. Growing up in San Diego, he enjoys playing basketball, hiking and camping and is an expert in saltwater reef tanks. He met his wife Dr. Ta in optometry school and together they have two dogs and two boys, Kellan & Greyson.

Dr. Amanda Thai, O.D.

Dr. Thai is originally from Orange County and recently moved to San Diego in 2021. She attended UC Berkeley, where she received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Integrative Biology. She then stayed to receive her Doctorate of Optometry from UC Berkeley School of Optometry while graduating with Beta Kappa Optometry Society honors.  Dr. Thai actually knew she wanted to be an optometrist since she was 12 years old, right after her first eye exam. She admired how easy it was to talk with her optometrist and hopes to give patients the same easy-going experience she had. 

Outside of work, Dr. Thai enjoys spending her time with her partner and taking their puppy Olive to explore the outdoors. She loves trying out new restaurants and is currently finding new hobbies like reading and yoga. 

Dr. Nghi Duong, O.D.

Dr. Nghi Duong received her Doctorate degree from Illinois College of Optometry and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Science from University at Buffalo, NY. Dr. Duong completed her internships in low vision and primary eye care from Hines VA hospital and from Sidney Hillman Health Center in Chicago respectively.

Upon graduation, Dr. Duong joined an Ophthalmology practice in Temecula where she gained tremendous experience in treating ocular diseases. After living in San Marcos for several years, Dr. Duong is very excited to join New Optix Optometry in her home community. 

Jowena - Manager (San Marcos)

Jowena recently graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Public Health. She is the biggest foodie and boba connoisseur and is always looking new spots to try out. During her free time, you will most likely find her binge watching crime documentaries or Disney movies!


EZO (14 yo), ZOE (13 yo) & Olive (2 yo) can both be found wandering and usually sleeping somewhere in our office. They enjoy long walks on the beach and lots of hugs and treats.