Dr. Mark R. Helmus, OD
Dr. Mark is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry, class of 1981. He received his undergraduate degree from Colby College, Waterville, Maine. He and his wife, Dr. Joann, moved to Davis in 1986 to start their optometry practice and raise their three children.
Recreational time for Dr. Mark is spent with family and friends, very often in the mountains of the Sierra or on the coast, where he enjoys running, hiking, backpacking, or skiing. Mark especially enjoys time with his grandsons, Henry and Casey.
Dr. Joann L. Helmus, OD
Dr. Joann Helmus graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1986 and began practicing in Davis that same year.
As a Lions in Sight clinic doctor, Dr. Joann has provided basic 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 grandsons Henry and Casey. Joann also enjoys running, cooking, reading, skiing, hiking, and backpacking.
Dr. Alex Baker, OD
Dr. Baker has been practicing at Helmus + Baker Optometry since his graduation from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 2009. Both he and his wife are undergraduate alumni of UC Davis and they have two energetic little girls.
Dr. Baker was previously recognized as the Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association for contributions to the local community through volunteer clinics and service to the optometric profession. He is a former director on the board of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Society and the board of the UC Berkeley Optometry Alumni Association.
Dr. Julie Helmus, OD
Dr. Julie Helmus 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.
Davis residents may remember Julie's Davis Enterprise column "My First Time," which ran from 2007-2009. Dr. Julie is a graduate of Davis Spanish Immersion, Davis High, and UC Santa Barbara. You'll likely see her chasing after her preschooler, Henry, at various local parks, or giggling with her younger son Casey.
Dr. Salumeh Rastani Talaga, OD
Dr. Talaga completed her undergraduate studies at Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to the 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 eyecare 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. She looks forward to seeing new and familiar faces at Helmus + Baker Optometry.
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.
Helmus + Baker Optometry
353 2nd Street
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 758-2122
After Hours Emergency Calls Only: (530) 902-3862
Mon 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Tue 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Wed 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Thu 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 5:45 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 3:00 pm