Port Hueneme Naval Ambulatory Care Center

Ventura County, CA    
Tel: 805-982-6336/6340        
Fax: 805-982-6337

Externship Supervisor
Mark Lambrecht, OD
Email: mark.lambrecht@med.navy.mil

Program Description
Naval Base Ventura County has a busy optometry clinic located within a regional branch medical center.  Patients seen by the Optometry Clinic are primarily routine exams and contact lens services but include acute and therapeutic cases as well.  Patients are drawn from active duty, family of active duty, and retired Department of Defense populations.  Age range is from infant to geriatric.  Full scope optometric care is delivered within the clinic and necessary ancillary testing and consults are coordinated andordered by Optometry as needed.  Because the Port Hueneme Clinic is a Branch Clinic, some advanced medical and optometric patient care is referred to larger area facilities.


Not provided

Equipment Required

No Equipment required, but student may prefer to use their own fundus lenses, BIO, and retinoscope. Please bring any necessary study material.

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Facility Overview
Branch Health Clinic Port Hueneme is a medical facility serving 26,000 military beneficiaries in the Ventura County.   The facility provides outpatient services in the following specialties:  primary care, pediatrics, limited acute care, physical therapy, and specialized medicine for active duty.     Pharmacy services are offered in-house, as well as radiological studies, laboratory, and substance abuse rehabilitation services.

Base Overview
Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). NBVC is a major aviation shore command and a Naval Construction Force mobilization base providing airfield, seaport and base support services to fleet operating forces and shore activities.   A national defense resource, NBVC offers a unique combination of mission capabilities to the Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD). NBVC and its tenants employ over 6,000 civilians, 9,000 military personnel and 1,300 contractor personnel. In addition, NBVC hosts over 60 tenant commands.

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Area Overview
Ventura County’s location between the Los Padres National Forest and the Pacific Ocean, coupled with two of California’s longest open flowing rivers, make for an ideal location for outdoor adventure.  Just off shore, the Channel Islands National Park is an all-natural playground for those interested in whale watching, hiking, camping, diving, kayaking through sea caves and walks led by naturalists.

The Ventura coast possess its own vast stretches of beautiful, uncrowded beaches; popular surf spots; harbor cruises; a 13 mile coastal bikeway, as well as Ventura Harbor’s festive shops, restaurants, entertainment and the National Park Visitors Center.    Meanwhile, Ventura’s historic Downtown Cultural District offers a mix of pleasing architectural styles in which you will find distinctive inns, boutiques, restaurants and antique shops.

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