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, often in the Sierra or coastal mountains, running, hiking, backpacking, or skiing. He especially enjoys time with his grandson, Henry.
Dr. Joann L. Helmus, OD
Dr. Joann Helmus graduated from UC Berkeley School of Optometry in 1986 and began practicing in Davis later that year. She has cared for Davis patients, their children, and even their grandchildren over the last 31 years.
The California Optometric Association recognized Dr. Joann as a Young Optometrist of the Year. More recently, as a Lions in Sight clinic doctor, Dr. Joann provided basic eye and vision care to patients in the Mexican cities of 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 of the fifty states (state #50 was Hawaii, March 2017). Her favorite things to do are being with family and friends, 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 currently serves on 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 has participated in three Lions in Sight Vision Clinics in Mexico along with her mother, Dr. Joann.
Davis residents may remember her Davis Enterprise column "My First Time," which ran from 2007-2009. Dr. Julie is also a graduate of Davis Spanish Immersion, Davis High, and UC Santa Barbara. You'll likely see her hovering over her toddler, Henry, at various local baby enrichment programs.
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
After Hours Emergency Calls Only: 530-219-6917
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