Dr. Xu Shao Huang has been serving the eye-care needs of Coachella Valley residents since 2008. He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry. Dr. Huang performed his optometry residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in association with Nova Southeastern University, where he was selected Resident of the Year. His other accomplishments include:
• Attending Optometrist at Miami Veterans Hospital
• Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Nova Southeastern University
• Adjunct Clinical Faculty at University of California at Berkeley
• Associate Optometrist at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Retinal Service
• Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry, Active Member
– An esteemed group of Optometrists recognized for their academic achievements.
• Published author for Optometry and Vision Science
• Lecturer at the American Academy of Optometry
Dennis G. Lowman, O.D.
Dennis Lowman has worked as an Optometrist in Yucca Valley for 27 years. He is a member of both the California and American Optometric Associations. Raised in central Iowa he graduated from Iowa State University in Zoology. After arriving in California he obtained his Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry. He enjoys gardening, landscaping, hiking, sports & fitness training.
Jared Koga, O.D
Dr. Koga was born and raised in Ventura County. He attended San Diego State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis on physical therapy. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. Koga then attended and received his Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. To further his training, Dr. Koga then completed a yearlong residency at the Boston VA Healthcare System with emphasis on Primary-Eye-Care and Ocular Disease. He expressed a particularly fulfilling experience in the VA system and helping our retired veterans with their eye-care needs.
In addition to his excellent training and education, Dr. Koga really enjoys eating. He states he enjoys eating all types of foods, but especially ice cream. In his spare time, he also likes to play with Tucker his Morkie dog, and hang out with the family. He is also a big fan of the Lakers.
Lauren Schwalb, O.D.
Dr. Schwalb grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri where her interest in Optometry began at a young age after being a frequent visitor to the Children’s Hospital Eye Center as a patient. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Missouri State University. Following her undergraduate schooling, Dr. Schwalb completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Her training included a variety of settings including the Indian Health Services hospital where she saw and managed patients with ocular disease as well as routine eye exams. Next, she completed a rotation at the Draisin Vision Group in Charleston, South Carolina which is a private practice where her passion for vision therapy blossomed and her contact lens knowledge grew. In addition, she trained at the Kansas City Children’s hospital where her focus was on pediatric primary care and disease. After graduation, she completed a residency in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision.
Philanthropic work is extremely important to Dr. Schwalb. During optometry school, she went on a mission trip to Haiti, and in 2016, she went to Zambia. In both cases, she was able to work alongside an amazing team who saw thousands of patients and provided appropriate care to those in serious need. She was beyond humbled by these opportunities and cannot wait for her next trip!
Dr. Schwalb is delighted to join Clarion Optometry Group and looks forward to caring for the visual needs of her patients in Yucca Valley. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and being a mommy to her newborn son. She also enjoys traveling, reading, yoga, hockey, and trying local restaurants.