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Doctors & Staff


Paul W. Smith, OD

Dr. Smith has been in the Merced area practicing since 2001. He and his staff have an ongoing commitment to their patients and friends, to provide a lifetime of quality care for the health and comfort of their eyes, help them see their personal best, and ensure that they look fabulous in their eyewear.


  • 1986-1990 Doctorate of Optometry- UC Berkeley School Of Optometry
  • 1988 Bachelor of Visual Science- UC Berkeley—Brigham Young Universaty
  • 1979 Woodland High School Graduate

Dr. Smith has been a part of the American Optometric Association and the California Optometric Association since 1990. Dr. Smith is also a part of the Contact Lens section of the American Optometric Association.


Fluent in English and Spanish

Community and Volunteer Activities:

Center of Vision Enhancement Board (Blind/Partially-sighted non-profit), Merced County Father of the Year Board Member, Served a two-year church mission to Venezuela, Church Leadership, Youth Leader, Food Closet Volunteer, Boy Scouts of America Leader, Little League coach, Manager Men’s Softball.

Esper- Front Office Coordinator


Raised in Santa Cruz County, Esper moved with her family to the valley in 2007. She is happily married with three active boys. As our Front Office Coordinator she is the kind voice you will most often hear on the telephone and the first and last happy face you will see as you enter and leave our office. She coordinates between you and our office to make sure that your appointments go smoothly. Esper also assists with your billing and with Quality Control. She is most happy when the San Francisco Giants and 49ers are doing well. Esper enjoys her time with her family, classic cars and the outdoors. She has mentioned that she tries to eat as much chocolate as possible.

Shannon- Office Manager/Optical Team Coordinator


Born and raised in Monterey County, Shannon is our Office Manager and Optical Team Leader. Shannon is passionate about ensuring a quality experience for you at your appointment and our Optical. Fabulous eyewear that suits your lifestyle and look is what she is about. She is masterminding a makeover of our eyewear selection to give it more color, style, shapes, variety, and sparkle, as well as great eco-friendly options. Not only are Shannon and her family die hard Niner fans, they also try to go to as many of the World Series Champion Giants games and possible. She and David are happily devoted parents to an amazing 3 year old, as well as a spoiled old English bulldog.

Taylor- Clinic Team Leader


Born and raised in Merced County, Taylor attended high school here and continued her education by attending the University of Californina, Merced. As our Clinic Team Leader, she insures you have all the proper testing and history done prior to seeing Dr. Smith so that you can have a smooth and thorough appointment. Our patients enjoy her kind, professional handling of their pretesting. A whiz with computers, she also makes sure that all of our technology and equipment is working efficiently. (She is so good at this that we suspect she has a microprocessor in her brain.) In her free time she enjoys music and reading mystery/horror novels, as well as indulging in some of her favorite television shows.

Amber-Asst. Optical Team Leader