Team CFV

Our doctors and staff are the driving force behind the CFV experience. Take a minute to get to know us!

 
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Dr. Priya Joshi

Dr. Joshi has lived in North Carolina for 3 years and appreciates CFV’s diverse patient population, which ranges anywhere from lifelong Carrboro residents to newly-arrived international students. Her clinical interests include ocular disease management and anything pertaining to specialty contact lenses, and she’s always reminding people that eyecare is important no matter how old you are because good vision is not the same as optimal eye health. In her free time, Dr. Joshi loves cooking, eating, trying new restaurants, and traveling (to cook more, eat more, and try other new restaurants), and her most recent global adventure was hiking with her husband on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

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Dr. Tyler Stiegemeier

Dr. Tyler Stiegemeier is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He relocated to North Carolina shortly thereafter with his wife, Lori, a North Carolina native, and his two children, Madeline and Miles. After many experiences with ophthalmologists and optometrists he has taken a keen interest in specialty contact lens design and evaluation. He provides comprehensive eye care in conjunction with management of other ocular diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Stiegemeier enjoys four wheeling, swimming, spending time with his family, and cooking. He is a die hard Buckeye fan, and enjoys watching their football team be overrated year after year.

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Dr. Rachel Friel

Dr. Friel moved to North Carolina in high school and now lives in Durham with her husband and their new golden retriever puppy, Ken Scruffy Jr. She has worn glasses since she was 7 years old, and she works to pay forward her wonderful experiences with eye doctors. She chose CFV for its optometric philosophy and the optimistic doctors and staff. If you don’t find her investigating retinas (her favorite part of the eye), she’s probably studying up on Dry Eye Disease, which fascinates her because of the individualized treatment plans it demands. In the world outside CFV, two of Dr. Friel’s preferred hobbies are taking kickboxing classes at the YMCA and exploring all things Harry Potter (book 5 is her favorite).

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Dr. Matthew Vizithum

Dr. V has been in North Carolina for over 20 years and currently splits time between Carrboro and Costa Rica. He enjoys helping patients with acute injuries or disease processes. In fact, he was first drawn to optometry because glaucoma runs in his family and he wanted to understand the disease process and help prevent people from getting it. CFV is close to his heart because it allows him to hire staff who care about each other and treat a hugely diverse patient population. Always interested in active lifestyle choices that reduce stress and illness, Dr. V spends his time outside of work growing vegetables in his garden, playing sports with his family, and kitesurfing in the ocean.


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Dr. Jason Chow

Dr. Chow has lived in North Carolina for 12 years and is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area (go Giants!). He finds great value in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, and he’s particularly interested in how eyes can reveal a lot about vascular, neurological, and immunological health. His favorite thing about CFV is the vibrant positivity both in the office and around the community. He enjoys serving diabetic patients, and if you’re between 50-65 he hopes you’ll come in to try multifocal contact lenses to help with reading. When he’s not in the office, you can find Dr. Chow following fantasy sports, hiking, or at a concert—he even met his wife when he went to see their favorite band, Matchbox Twenty.

CFV Staff

China is our insurance specialist. She is a Blue Cross ninja. She is also cooler than you.

China is our insurance specialist. She is a Blue Cross ninja. She is also cooler than you.

Bonnie (pictured on the left next to the artist formerly known as Miskomatic) is our most-requested optician. The Carrburrito fan club was established in her honor in 1997.

Bonnie (pictured on the left next to the artist formerly known as Miskomatic) is our most-requested optician. The Carrburrito fan club was established in her honor in 1997.

Sue is one of our opticians and has held an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification for years. She also speaks Arabic and is best friends with Kanye West.

Sue is one of our opticians and has held an American Board of Opticianry (ABO) certification for years. She also speaks Arabic and is best friends with Kanye West.

Kaylawneigh is one of our opticians. She is weirdly obsessed with N’Sync and misses Justin Timberlake’s ramen noodle hair every day.

Kaylawneigh is one of our opticians. She is weirdly obsessed with N’Sync and misses Justin Timberlake’s ramen noodle hair every day.

Emily is one of our many technicians. She speaks Spanish, has journeyed to the center of the earth, and has impeccable balance.

Emily is one of our many technicians. She speaks Spanish, has journeyed to the center of the earth, and has impeccable balance.

Nicole—if that is her real name—is one of our technicians. This phoropter is her best friend. DON’T YOU TOUCH IT.

Nicole—if that is her real name—is one of our technicians. This phoropter is her best friend. DON’T YOU TOUCH IT.

Kelsey holds down optical like a champ. A reformed softball player, she now breaks glasses for a living. Her last boyfriend was a dufus, so if you have two nice boyfriends, share.

Kelsey holds down optical like a champ. A reformed softball player, she now breaks glasses for a living. Her last boyfriend was a dufus, so if you have two nice boyfriends, share.

Megan is one of our technicians, and you’ll also find her saving us at the front desk and optical shop. She recently took a few months off to practice using the autorefractor to play peek-a-boo. She sees you.

Megan is one of our technicians, and you’ll also find her saving us at the front desk and optical shop. She recently took a few months off to practice using the autorefractor to play peek-a-boo. She sees you.

Patty (pictured on the right in her first selfie) is our OG front desk guru. She is everyone’s best friend and favorite. To know her is to be a better person.

Patty (pictured on the right in her first selfie) is our OG front desk guru. She is everyone’s best friend and favorite. To know her is to be a better person.

Lynne is our office manager. Without her, we’d probably be owned by Luxottica, My Eye Doctor, or some abomination of that variety.

Lynne is our office manager. Without her, we’d probably be owned by Luxottica, My Eye Doctor, or some abomination of that variety.

Allie works from Wisconsin (because the internet is magic). Her dog, Bianca, is made out of clouds. Allie is also a vegan, so this little guy is safe with her.

Allie works from Wisconsin (because the internet is magic). Her dog, Bianca, is made out of clouds. Allie is also a vegan, so this little guy is safe with her.

Bryan is the newest member of our optical team. He demands to be taken seriously.

Bryan is the newest member of our optical team. He demands to be taken seriously.

Stephanie is one of our opticians. In the old country, she was a professor of biochemical engineering.

Stephanie is one of our opticians. In the old country, she was a professor of biochemical engineering.

Julianne works at the front desk. She can outswim you. Also, sharks. Also, older jet skis. She drives a Lexus, so you should probably listen when she talks.

Julianne works at the front desk. She can outswim you. Also, sharks. Also, older jet skis. She drives a Lexus, so you should probably listen when she talks.

Priya is one of our technicians and a pillar of the UNC community. She wants to be a caterpillar when she grows up.

Priya is one of our technicians and a pillar of the UNC community. She wants to be a caterpillar when she grows up.

Andre can be found smiling big at the front desk. His accessory game is elite, so don’t brag about your timepiece unless you’re ready to rumble.

Andre can be found smiling big at the front desk. His accessory game is elite, so don’t brag about your timepiece unless you’re ready to rumble.

Calvin is the CFV webmaster and social media manager. He likes turtles and writing bios. He does not like cucumbers or the propensity of North Carolina motorists for driving ten under, merging like toddlers, and/or stopping at roundabouts.

Calvin is the CFV webmaster and social media manager. He likes turtles and writing bios. He does not like cucumbers or the propensity of North Carolina motorists for driving ten under, merging like toddlers, and/or stopping at roundabouts.