Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Orinda Optometry Group a proud provider of vision care products and services in Orinda.
Dr. Kristine M. Eng graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1998, but she has been working in the Orinda office since she was in junior high school. She went to school in Orinda, and then went on to complete her undergraduate degree at UC Davis. Dr Eng is TPA Certified, which allows her to treat eye diseases with oral and topical medications, and in January 2001, she took the Glaucoma Certification Course.
Dr. Eng is an active member of the American Optometric Association, the American Public Health Association-Vision Care Section, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and Charter member of Women of Vision. She currently serves as a member of the American Optometric Association Membership Committee, Ambassador for the American Academy of Optometry, and Mentorship Coordinator for Women of Vision. She is Past-President of the Bay Area Optometric Council, Past-President of the Alameda-Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society and Membership Chair for the California Optometric Association.
In 1999 she was named the Alameda/Contra Costa Country Optometric Society’s Young Optometrist of the year. In 2005 she was named the American Optometric Association’s Young Optometrist of the year and in 2006 she was nationally recognized as one of Vision Monday’s 50 Most Influential Women in Optometry.
Her focus includes bifocal and specialty contact lenses, laser surgery co-management, and children’s vision.
Dr. Eng lives in Orinda with her husband Michael T. Smith, their son, Pierson and daughter, Anarose. She has enjoyed being active in the Lamorinda Moms Club and was co-chair of the LMC Holiday Outreach Program. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, scuba diving, traveling, and exploring the Bay Area with her family.
Dr. Weylin Eng, O.D.
Please join our staff, patients and community in congratulating Dr. Eng on his well-earned retirement. Recently, Dr. Eng and his wife Rose celebrated this milestone with a 3 week trip to Asia. Dr. Eng has also been spending more time at his farm in Williams, CA.
Here is a brief summary of the many accomplishments he has attained in his career: Dr. Weylin G. Eng graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1965. Dr. Eng’s special interests involve solving vision problems associated with Video Display Terminals and the wearing of contact lenses in aviation. He served 30 years in the US Navy Reserve Medical Service Corps and was promoted to the rank of Captain. Dr. Eng has lectured and published extensively, including professional journals, the Reader’s Digest, and Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Dr. Eng has recently retired from his positions as an Associate Clinical Professional at UC Berkeley School of Optometry, Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs, and had served as Director of Clinics. Dr. Eng’s community involvement includes the Rotary Club, Mason’s Club, and other professional organizations such as the American Optometric Association, American Public Health Association, and the Alameda/Contra Costa County Optometric Association. In 1975, he was named the young optometrist of the year for both the Alameda/Contra Costa County Optometric Society and the California Optometric Association.
Dr. Weylin Eng is married to Roselyn , and they have four daughters, Kristine, Tiffany, Shannon, and Aimee. All four daughters are graduates of Miramonte High School in Orinda and are all active in the community as well. Dr. Eng’s father, Raymond Ng, began this practice 75 years ago. Dr. Eng’s hobbies include clinical research with aviation medicine, mounted patrol, farming and collecting Asian artifacts.
For his outstanding service to the profession, Dr. Eng was named Optometrist of the Year by the Alameda Contra Costa County Optometric Society in 2006. Although Dr. Eng recently retired from practicing optometry, he stays active in his many other interests.
Dr. Kelly Shintani, O.D.
Dr. Shintani has practiced optometry in the Bay Area for the past ten years and focuses specifically on primary care and ocular disease. In addition to the top notch individualized care she offers her patients, her strong commitment to community service and professional leadership is a superb addition to the Orinda Optometry Group and the local community.
In addition to being on the Clinical Faculty at the U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry, she was active as Past President for the Alameda Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society, the largest in the state. She has enjoyed coordinating the vision screenings at the annual Sakura Kai Health Fair in El Cerrito and the Tri-Valley Expand Your Horizons conference in San Ramon.
While in Optometry school, Dr. Shintani participated in many vision screenings through the Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity and Help the World See organizations in developing countries such as China, Belize, Mexico, and Peru. Dr. Shintani also enjoyed serving on both the Scholarship and Civil Rights committees for the Berkeley Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and held positions on the California Vision Foundation committee (California Optometric Association’s charitable arm) and the Advisory Committee for the President’s Council of the California Optometric Association. In the past, she was a member of the Berkeley Kiwanis as well as the Berkeley Breakfast Club.
For her leadership, service, and dedication to the professional community, she was named California’s Young Optometrist of the Year (2004) and Alameda Contra Costa Counties Optometric Society’s Young Optometrist of the Year (2003).
Dr. Bernard Hale was born in England but grew up in Los Gatos, California. He studied Population Genetics & Evolution and Scandinavian Studies at UC Berkeley, where he also attended Optometry School. He completed an Optometric Pediatric Residency (with a sub-specialty in contact lenses) through UC Berkeley in 1999, including training at UC San Francisco and private practice with corneal specialists. In 2014, he received his his Glaucoma certification.
Dr. Hale has been working in the Bay Area since 1999 in private practice, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and performing school screenings where he has screened over 70,000 children. He enjoys working with all ages from infants to grandparents and is interested in working with children with special needs.
Dr. Hale enjoys masters swimming, sailing, scuba diving and reading, in fact, he met his lovely wife in a book club. His family camps at the Lair of the Golden Bear where he was a staffer for five years. While it does not happen enough Dr. Hale loves to travel and watch his Cal Bears win at football. He is the proud father of identical twin girls who are his greatest joy.
Dr. Jeanette Hochstatter, O.D.
Dr Hochstattater is an Oregon native, however has been living in California for the last 26 years. She is a successful private practitioner who has practiced for thirty years. She has been very active with professional optometry, and recently semi-retired from her private practice. Due to her excellence in patient care, we have asked her to help us here at Orinda Optometry. All of her patients love her kindness and communication style, we are sure you will love her too.
She graduated from Southern California College of Optometry Magna Cumme Laude in 1987. She has been an AOA member since 1987. She has been in private practices in Long Beach, California and Clayton, California both of which grew “exponentially” due to the love and care she provides her patients.
Certified Optician – Ronnie has been a certified Optician for over 20 years. He has experience in assisting patients with their optical needs in ordering spectacles prescriptions, eyewear dispensing, adjustment, repairs, optical lab work and training first time contact lens wearers. He was an optician with Orinda Optometric Vision Center with Dr. Benjamin Gaynor and Dr. Jeffrey Lewis for 15 years and recently joined the team at Orinda Optometry Group. In his spare time he enjoys walking around Lake Merritt, listening to jazz music and watching football games.
Veronica, our soft spoken, yet intelligent Ophthalmic Technician, comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Saint Mary’s College. She enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and binge watching any Netflix series. She seeks to pursue a career in the optometry field. Veronica has been with us for two years and brings her amazing wealth of knowledge and expertise to our office.
Lisa began as an Ophthalmic Tech in 1996, but has since found her niche as Front Desk Scheduler/Billing Coordinator. Her insatiable quest for knowledge and people skills has brought a vast array of expertise to our practice. She loves spending quality time with her husband, their two sons, and dog, Princess. Hobbies include reading, gardening, and camping. She also loves volunteering in her local community and working with children.
Ariella is a graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Originally from Orange County, she moved to the bay area after graduating and is currently finishing the last of her prerequisite courses to apply for nursing school. Her future career goal after obtaining an RN license is to become an NP or PA. When she’s not at work she is visiting the movies, staying active, or hanging out with friends.