The Concourse Optometry Team

Our mission is to provide a comprehensive eye exam in order to educate you and your family of all of your visual needs. We will diagnosis and treat any visual conditions with the most advanced technology available. Prevention is key! Maintain your eye health by coming in regularly for your eye exams.


Julie Chen, O.D.

Julie Chen, O.D. is a California board licensed optometrist, certified to treat and manage diseases of the eye. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego and went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Chen has extensive clinical experience in comprehensive vision examinations, contact lens fittings, dry eye management, and co-management of refractive/cataract surgery. Dr. Chen is also a Refractive Surgery Coordinating Optometrist at Coastal Vision Medical Group in Newport Beach and Orange, CA. In her position there, she is involved in the refractive surgery consultation process and pre/post-operative care for refractive surgery patients. She oversees patients that have undergone refractive surgeries inclusive of: LASIK, PRK, ICL, Intacs, RLE, pterygium removals, and cataract extractions. She is experienced in state of the art technologies such as custom wave front technology and femtosecond lasers. Dr. Chen is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association,Orange County Optometric Society, and the Asian American Optometric Assocation. She is also a member of the highly respected Advisory Board for Coastal Vision Medical Group. Dr. Chen is committed to providing excellent customer service to meet all of her patients visual needs. She resides in Orange County with her husband and four daughters. In her spare time she enjoys cooking healthy foods for the family and physical fitness. You will often find Dr. Chen and her family hiking all over Orange County.

Michael Gill, Optician

Michael Gill has an optical background since 2002 and became a licensed optician in 2010. He has a passion for the health of the eye, along with today’s eye technology. In his spare time he works on electronic music and graphic design which both seem to go hand in hand. He has a beautiful daughter named Violet. Michael loves to educate patients on new optical advancements in both glasses/contact lenses and refractive surgery. Mike still raves about the outcome of his LASIK surgery with Dr. Tran over 3 years ago. With Michael’s educational background and hands on experience, optical is a big part of his life. He can’t imagine anything else. Michael looks forward to meeting you and helping you with your optical needs.

Madeleine Nguyen,Optometric Assistant/Medical Biller

Madeleine has been part of the Concourse Optometry team for over 2 years. She has a passion to educate our patients with eye health education and options to improve their visual acuity. Prior to her entry into the optometric industry, Madeleine earned her B.A. degree in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine. She has worked in various settings, and has decided to pursue her Doctor of Optometry degree. She is currently taking classes to prepare herself for applications and the Optometry Admission Test. So far, her favorite part of the job is assisting patients with frame selection. She loves helping our patients find the right (and still stylish) frame for their specific needs. Outside of Concourse Optometry and school, Madeleine enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, or working on DIY projects for special holidays and events.

Noreen Heyari,Optometric Assistant

Noreen joined Concourse Optometry after moving to Orange County from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated with two Bachelor degrees in Biology and Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Noreen has been intrigued by the gift of sight since she was young and is passionate about research. She is considering applying to Optometry School or pursuing a career in Vision Science. Her favorite part about working at Concourse Optometry is pre-testing patients for underlying causes of visual difficulties. In her spare time, Noreen enjoys spending time at the beach and making “eye”ronic jokes. She has a passion for helping others and loves meeting patients. Noreen is also excited to be volunteering at CHOC Children’s Hospital.

The Concourse Optometry Alumni

Sophia Brodsky

Sophia joined Concourse Optometry after finishing her Master of Science in Global Medicine at Keck School of Medicine, USC. Before that, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiological Sciences at UCLA. Having lived in LA for 6 years, she was eager to move back to Irvine. Here at Concourse Optometry, Sophia fell in love with the eye care profession and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Optometry degree at Southern California College of Optometry. She especially enjoys getting to know patients and looks forward to meeting you! In her spare time, Sophia is most likely in the kitchen baking French macarons and cakes for her little catering business, PiipaCakes.

Carissa Ortiz

Carissa joined Concourse Optometry after being in the ophthalmology and optometry field for over six years. She currently lives and works in the LA area. When she’s not at work, she spends her time doing volunteer work in the community and she is currently working with the deaf and hard of hearing. She’s able to communicate in English, Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). Carissa enjoys going to off-beat coffee shops and a variety of eateries with her husband. We miss having her here!