Meet Dr. Erika Wilken
Dr. Erika Wilken joined the Optical Expressions family in 2006 as an Associate Doctor. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 2005 as her class Salutatorian. She completed her ocular disease residency at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center in 2006. Dr.Wilken became the lead optometrist in our practice in 2015. She strives to build long term eye care relationships by paying attention to each individual's eye care for her patients, including but not limited to diagnosis and management of ocular disease and specialty contact lens fittings. Her training in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology has enabled her to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension. Dr. Wilken regularly attends continuing education seminars and advanced training courses in order to provide her patients with the most modern and progressive vision care available. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dr. Wilken lives in Tempe, Arizona with her husband, Steve, and their ten year old daughter, Lexi. Her many interests include travel, physical fitness, cooking/dining out, and supporting a variety of sports teams. She is an active member of the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Arizona Optometric Association (AZOA).
Dr. Wilken sees patients at all three of our offices.
Meet Dr. Francisco Chacon
Francisco L. Chacon, O.D. joined Optical Expressions as an associate in 2015. Dr. Chacon earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Mexico and his Doctorate degree from Pacific University College of Optometry, where he was a member of the prestigious honor society, Beta-Sigma Kappa. Dr. Chacon completed externships in several modes of practice. He gained valuable experience working at some of the nation's preeminent vision therapy practices, as well as participating in ocular disease management at Norton Sound Indian Health Hospital in Nome, Alaska. Dr.Chacon performs comprehensive eye examinations and enjoys seeing patients of all ages and vision needs He has a wide variety of experience in ocular diseases, pediatric optometry, and contact lenses. In his words, "I have always been fascinated with vision and what it brings to our lives; and I will always be grateful that I am able to enhance and preserve this quality of life for so many people." In his spare time, Dr. Chacon enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two young children. He also likes fishing, hiking, and bike riding.
Dr. Chacon sees patients at all three of our offices.
Meet Dr. Gabriel
Dr. Gabriel has practiced in the North Phoenix/ Scottsdale area for the past 17 years and has become one of the most respected family practice eye doctors in the valley. She has a great following of very loyal patients. She also has a great deal of experience with contact lenses and children.
Dr. Gabriel sees patients in our Esplanade and Willo District offices.
Meet Dr. Robinson
Dr. Sophie Robinson grew up in Charlotte, NC. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, so she is naturally a Tar Heel fan. She attended optometry school at NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL and graduated with Beta Sigma Kappa honors. She received the VSP Practice Excellence Award as well as being the only one in her class awarded the Module Directors Award in clinical excellence in primary care. She completed externships in various areas of optometry including contact lenses, pediatrics with an emphasis on strabismus and amblyopia, and low vision services. Her final externship before making the move to Scottsdale was at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL (rated the number one eye hospital in the US 15 years in a row). This experience allowed her to become comfortable diagnosing and treating various ocular manifestations and diseases including glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetes, and dry eye. Dr. Robinson has also enjoyed volunteering her time participating in vision screenings for Special Olympic athletes.
The most important aspect of her job is developing personal relationships with her patients and tailoring eye care to their individual needs. “I value the primary care role of optometry and one-on-one interactions with patients. Building professional trust is very important me, and it starts with patient education.” Today's medical world is rapidly evolving and it’s crucial to relay the message that good overall health is the key to good ocular health. She looks forward to creating professional relationships with the people of the Scottsdale area and helping them meet their individualized ocular and visual needs. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting with family and friends, exercising, and all the great food Scottsdale has to offer!
Dr. Robinson sees patients in our Hilton Village office.
Meet Dr. Ralston
Dr. Ralston is an Arizona native and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then attended Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ for her doctorate in optometry where she graduated with Beta Sigma Kappa honors. Rounding out her education at Midwestern, Dr. Ralston completed clinical externships in Hawaii, Albuquerque, and Scottsdale where she gained experience in treating ocular disease as well as co-managing patients with ophthalmology. Dr. Ralston continued her education with a residency in primary care at The Vision Center of West Phoenix where she saw patients of all ages from around Arizona. She received special training in managing and treating ocular diseases such as dry eye, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetes and also in fitting specialty contact lenses.
Dr. Ralston is excited to join the team at Optical Expressions in providing eye care to those in her home town. In her spare time, Dr. Ralston enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken, and her rescue dog, Mika. She enjoys travelling, hiking, and baking.
Dr. Ralston is now accepting patients at all three of our offices.