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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Modern Eyes Optometry a proud provider of vision care products and services in Carlsbad.


Dr. Howard Wang moved to Carlsbad at the age of three from Taiwan, and has lived locally since. After graduating from Carlsbad High in 1992, he attended UCSD where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. Subsequently graduating from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN, Dr. Wang did two internships; first at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and then at Nellis Air Force Base Hospital in Northern Las Vegas.

For the last 10 years Dr. Wang has practiced as managing doctor, eight in a corporate setting, and is now looking forward to serving his local community. He genuinely cares about his patients and is focused on the highest quality of service and provides excellent patient care. He has served as an optometrist on many teams here in San Diego, Los Angeles, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica.

Dr. Wang resides in San Elijo Hills where he enjoys spending time with his family; hiking local trails, golfing, and cooking.

Natalie Hantsbarger

Our newest member to the MEO family and our go-to girl for all things organization! Has a background in Retail Management working at Anthropologie and Madewell. Graduated with a BSA in Apparel Merchandising and Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Grew up in the Inland Empire and moved to North County in 2017. Natalie joined our office in April with fresh eyes and new to optometry, but has become increasingly more knowledgeable and interested in the field. She now has plans on becoming a licensed optician. When she’s out of the office, Natalie loves being at the beach, listening to true crime podcasts, and eating pizza!

Favorite frame lines: Etnia Barcelona and STATE

Vanessa Nguyen

One of the newest members to the Modern Eyes Optometry family since March. Born in the Philippines, grew up in Japan, and moved to San Diego in 2001. Graduated from SDSU in 2011 with her BLA in Psychology, and recently graduated from CSUSM with a BSN in 2017. As she prepares to enter the nursing field, she is enjoying learning about the field of optometry. Recently married her high school sweetheart of 13 years. When she’s out of the office, Vanessa enjoys exploring new places, eating sushi, and petting all the dogs.

Favorite frame lines: Etnia Barcelona and Mykita.

Khoi Nguyen

After spending time at LensCrafters and VSPOne Optical Labs- San Diego, Khoi made Modern Eyes Optometry his home in 2017. With 6 years of experience in optics, Khoi currently oversees the office’s in-house lab. Growing up in Escondido, CA, he is a local boy that strives to service his community with the highest level of patient care. Recently married his high school sweetheart of 13 years. When he is not edging lenses in the lab, Khoi enjoys powerlifting, cooking, and searching for new adventures.

Favorite frame lines: Masunaga, Mykita, and Tom Ford.

Jeanette Esqueda

An established member of Modern Eyes Optometry. Currently residing in Inland Empire. Graduated with a BS in Biology from CSUSM and received her ABO certification in 2016. She is a licensed optician, and aspires to be an optometrist. When Jeanette is out of the office, she is a music fanatic, enjoys all things cars, and spending time with her friends and family.

Favorite frame lines: SALT. and Tom Ford.

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