Meet the Team

  • Dr. Joan Helmus OD

    Dr. Joann Helmus graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1986 and began practicing in Davis that same year. She is the senior doctor and co-founder of the practice. As a Lions in Sight clinic doctor, Dr. Joann has provided eye and vision care to patients in several Mexican cities, including Cuotemoc, Ciudad Delisias, and Iguala. Dedication to the promotion of health and fitness led Dr. Joann to the goal of completing a marathon in each state (state #50 was Hawaii, March 2017). Her favorite activity is fun with family and friends, especially her two grandsons. Dr. Joann also enjoys running, cooking, reading, skiing, hiking and backpacking.

  • Dr. Julie Helmus OD

    Dr. Julie Helmus represents the second generation of Helmus Optometrists.  She graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry with distinction in May 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. When not in clinic, she's chasing after her two young boys.

  • Dr. Salumeh Talaga OD

    Dr. Talaga completed her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to UC Berkeley School of Optometry, where she met her husband and graduated with her Doctorate of Optometry in 2007. Dr. Talaga is board certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease and has been providing comprehensive family eye care in the Sacramento area since 2009.

    Dr. Talaga enjoys discussing exam findings with her patients and answering any questions they may have. She finds it rewarding to provide her patients with their best vision and emphasizes quality eye care. Dr. Talaga is also able to provide exams in both English and Farsi.

    Outside of the office, Dr. Talaga tries to keep up with her two wonderful children. She and her husband enjoy their family time camping, hiking and getting out in the beauty of Northern California as much as possible.

  • Dr. Paymaun Asnaashari OD

    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's 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 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.

  • Dr. Lana Tu OD

    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 practicing in Southern California, Ohio, and Virginia before moving to Davis in 2016. 

    Prior to joining Helmus Optometry she worked at a clinic where she performed eye exams predominantly in Spanish. Dr. Tu has extensive experience in primary eye care, complex contact lens fitting, pediatrics, and ocular disease management.  She enjoys practicing comprehensive family eye care with interests in myopia control and specialty contact lens fitting.  She takes pride in building personal relationships with her patients and their families.

    In her spare time, Dr. Tu enjoys bonding with her infant son and her husband, throwing pottery, and sculpting clay succulents.

  • Dr. Clare Thomasy OD

    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.

  • Shakir Iqbal ABOC

    Shakir Iqbal brings 14 years of optical experience and is a descendant from along line of opticians and optometrists. His father, grand-father and great-grandfather were all in the optical field and ran their own optometry clinic in Karachi. His father, Hamid Iqbal, is responsible for introducing contact lenses to Pakistan. Shakir joined Helmus Optometry in September 2019, and is leading our optical department and team of 9 opticians as Optical Manager.

    As Optical Manager, Shakir is responsible for working with our lens labs and frame manufacturers to ensure we offer advanced technology, high-quality products, and a wide array of shapes and styles. You can also count on him for expert assistance with the selection, fit, repair, and adjustment of your glasses.

    Shakir received his training in ophthalmic dispensing from City & Islington College in London followed by a Fellowship of British Dispensing Opticians,a rigorous three-year program. He is also certified by the American Board of Opticianry. Past work experience includes working as an optician in London, managing his family clinic in Karachi, four years at the helm of Sears Optical in Fairfield, and most recently managing a private practice in San Francisco. He lives in West Sacramento with his wife and their 3 year old daughter. Helmus Optometry is grateful for the experience Shakir adds to our skilled and profession team.

Testimonials

  • This was my first time getting glasses & I was very pleased with how lovely the staff was! In addition, all of my questions were answered thoroughly & I loved how in-depth my prescription was described to me. The selection of glasses is wonderful! Love, love, love Helmus Optometry! 

    - Andi V.
  • My experience with Dr. Joann Helmus and the team at Helmus Optometry was excellent from start to finish. Office staff were kind and professional. I was confident in the quality and thoroughness of Dr. Helmus' exam. I have already recommended the practice to others. Many thanks to Helmus Optometry for the excellent care!

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    Read More - Grace B.
  • For over twenty years I have seen Dr. Joann Helmus annually as my optometrist. The very high standard of service and technical knowledge of both doctor and staff has never wavered. Consistently modernizing their examination equipment in providing the most up-to-date exams and accurate prescriptions. Their selection of eyeglass frames is most complete range of style choices. The staff are very knowledgeable of insurance allowances, and discussed with me the many options available. Have many times and will continue recommending this outstanding optometric office to family and friends.

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    Read More - Michael W.
  • Great optometrist. Fast and quality service always.

    - Logan K.
  • Extremely professional, kind, helpful, staff from top to bottom! Exam was thorough and well diagnosed. Best glasses fitting ever, and that is with progressives. Quick service. I feel staff is very knowledgeable and willing to go to any extent to spend time with you and be helpful. Just moved to Davis and this is a great find. Highly recommend!!

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    Read More - Sally D.
  • My family have been coming here for years! Always exceptional service and spend the time to figure our insurance coverage details. Highly recommended!!!

    - Pete K.
  • Everyone was so nice and accommodating. Dr. Helmus was very sweet and took the time to really talk to me like a person and not just another dollar sign. They also had a nice selection of glasses in many different styles and price ranges. Most insurance policies are covered here as well. Definitely a plus! They'll always have my business! 

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    Read More - Allyson C.

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Tuesday

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Closed for staff meeting 11:00-11:50

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Thursday

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Friday

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Saturday

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Monday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm Closed for staff meeting 11:00-11:50
Wednesday
8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
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Saturday
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