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