Dr. Julie Helmus represents the second generation of Helmus Optometrists. She graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry with distinction in 2015. During optometry school, she worked as a Spanish-English medical interpreter, an ocular disease Teaching Assistant, and co-authored two research articles. Dr. Julie was also a member of the student government and the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometry Honors Society. She participated in several Lions in Sight vision clinics in Mexico and is a therapeutic and glaucoma-certified optometrist.
Davis residents may remember Dr. Julie's Davis Enterprise column, which ran from 2007-2009. Dr. Julie is a graduate of Davis Spanish Immersion, Davis High School, and UC Santa Barbara. She is grateful for 'the village' that continues to help raise her two energetic young boys, Hank and Casey.
The vitality of her hometown is a key priority for Dr. Julie. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Davis Business Association and Co-Chairs the Visioning Committee.
Professional Passions: Geriatrics, Glaucoma, Dry Eye Disease
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Dr. Paymaun is the most recent addition to Helmus Optometry. He is a native of Sacramento and graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 2018. He is a therapeutic and glaucoma-certified optometrist. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from UC San Diego. During optometry school, he was peer-elected as class president and served as an ambassador for the program. His most rewarding experience was volunteering on a mission trip to Nicaragua to provide free-of-charge eye care services. Dr. Paymaun continues to volunteer his time to the community when he can.
Dr. Paymaun has developed a special interest in advanced contact lenses used to control nearsightedness and to treat corneal disorders. He holds memberships in the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, Sacramento Valley Optometric Association, and Coalition of Concerned Medical Professionals.
Dr. Paymaun is able to perform exams in English, Farsi, and Spanish. During his free time, he enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, traveling, being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Professional Passions: Ocular Disease, Advanced Contact Lenses
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, Farsi
Dr. Clare Thomasy, originally from Ohio, made Northern California her home in 2009. After graduating with honors from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Biology, she attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry. In 2009, she graduated with a degree of Doctor of Optometry. She is currently licensed in California with TLG certification, enabling her to treat glaucoma and write prescriptions for therapeutics. Her specialties include fitting contact lenses, treating dry eye, and diagnosing and treating various eye diseases. Prior to joining Helmus Optometry, Dr. Thomasy spent three years serving the eye care needs of the greater Davis community alongside local ophthalmologist Dr. Robert Miller at Advanced Valley Eye Associates. In her spare time, Dr. Thomasy enjoys reading, listening to music, exploring California, playing with her two nieces, and traveling to other countries.
Professional Passions: Family Practice, Ophthalmology Co-Management
Languages Spoken: English
Dr. Lana Tu grew up in Northern Virginia and received her Bachelor of Science degree at James Madison University. She then pursued a Masters in Public Health at the University of Southern California and became interested in optometry from her work with a non-profit organization providing vision care to the underserved. She earned her Doctorate of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry of Marshall Ketchum University in 2011. Upon graduation, she spent time providing eye care in Southern California, Ohio, and Virginia before moving to Davis in 2016.
Dr. Tu has extensive experience in primary eye care, pediatrics, and complex contact lens fitting. She loves being part of the Davis community and strives to build long-term personal relationships with her patients and their families.
In her spare time, Dr. Tu enjoys nature outings with her husband and son, throwing pottery, and sculpting clay succulents.
Professional Passions: Pediatrics, Myopia Management
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
**Dr. Tu is currently on maternity leave and will be returning on October 7th, 2021.
I would like to let you know of the changes to my plans of returning to the office. To say this past year has been a challenge would be quite an understatement. Along with so many other things that have changed, I am finding a growing desire to pursue other personal goals in my career life. Subsequently, I am not planning to return to the office. This has been a difficult decision, made with careful consideration, but nonetheless challenging to reconcile.
I am thankful for being given the chance to care for you and your families. I have been so lucky to have met and worked with such wonderful patients as you. It has truly been my pleasure to have gotten to know you over the many years.
I will miss you all but am confident in the excellent care you will continue to receive at Helmus Optometry.
Wishing you all the best,