South Bay Optometry (PP), Torrance, CA

3537 Torrance Blvd Suite 18
Torrance, CA  90503
Phone: (310) 543-3555 / (310) 543-2020
Fax: (310) 540-8363
South Bay Optometry

Externship Supervisor
Dr. Albert Chun
Cell: (310) 874-7799

Program Description
South Bay Optometry is a full-scope private practice emphasizing pediatrics and vision therapy.    It is one of three private practices that are opening to students beginning in June 2009.  As part of a project being funded by a grant from VSP, this externship will include a practice management component which will also emphasize a pediatric/vision therapy practice.

There are 2 optometrists in this practice:  Dr. Albert Chun and Dr. Connie Kim.  Dr. Kim is in the practice part-time and is involved in all aspects of this practice including vision therapy. This is a full-scope practice, including an optical dispensary and contact lenses.

Dr. Kim is a 2011 SUNY Optometry graduate and also completed her Residency in Vision Therapy at SUNY.   Dr. Chun completed the SUNY Vision Therapy Residency in 1986.  Dr. Chun is significantly involved in organized optometry and community-based activities. He is constantly networking with other professionals to build a network of referral sources and co-management opportunities. 

The externs will be involved in all aspects of patient care.  At least half of your clinical time would be spent with pediatric and vision therapy patients/activities. There are 2 full time vision therapists and Dr. Kim providing therapy.  Vision therapy sessions are scheduled throughout the day every Monday thru Thursday.  Approximately 40-50 patients are seen for therapy per week.  The therapists are involved in various office-based activities when not providing patient care.  The externs will also see general care patients of all ages and be exposed to an extensive amount of contact lens related care in RGP, Toric, and multifocal lens fits.

The pediatric/vision therapy part of the externship will expose externs to an expanded competence in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of children, especially those with learning-related issues. The extern will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical AND patient management skills.  The program will emphasize the complete patient care process, from the comprehensive examination through the implementation of a therapy program and communication with other professionals. 

A minimum of 1 hour per week will be devoted to various practice management topics.  These discussions will involve various members of the office staff, in addition to the doctors.  The goal of this portion of the externship is to give the extern an opportunity to see a private practice in action and begin to understand the skills involved in building a successful specialty-oriented practice.


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Equipment Required

You may want to bring your own handheld instruments.

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Additional Requirements
You will probably need a car.

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