About Dr. Kawai
Dr. Kawai’s interest in medicine was sparked while she was studying for her bachelor's degree and one of her close family members suffered from a medical issue involving the eyes.
Dr. Kawai, who was already aspiring towards a future in healthcare, decided that caring for people’s eyes was what she wanted to do. “I already knew I wanted to be a doctor,” she explains, “but that experience really tipped the balance for me toward becoming an optometrist.”
Today, her favorite part of the job is educating and building relationships with her patients. She loves teaching patients—especially her younger ones—about how to keep their eyes healthy.
Dr. Kawai also loves the investigative nature of her work, especially because each condition and disease affects eyesight so differently. Oftentimes, she’s the first person to spot a condition in its early stages, like cataracts or glaucoma, so she takes her time during each routine exam to make sure everything is intact and all tissues are functioning properly.
Dr. Kawai’s patients love her because she takes the time to listen to them and genuinely cares about what’s going on in their lives. She uses her friendly relationships with patients to provide even better care. If a patient has a new job that involves more screen time, Dr. Kawai can adjust their glasses and prescription to ensure their eyes are totally comfortable throughout the day.
She loves being able to help her patients live more comfortably.
To me, educating patients on the health of their eyes is just as important as the nature of their prescription.
Dr. Kawai lives near San Ramon and appreciates the family friendly community atmosphere, which reminds her of her childhood home in the suburbs of Los Angeles. She plays in an adult soccer league and enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors.
Dr. Kawai offers patients a wide variety of Optometry services
What People Are Saying About Dr. Kawai
Dr. Kawai was amazing! Smart, genuine and knowledgable. Her staff was great too.
She was great with my kids. Really thorough and understanding.
I was very impressed with the patience and professionalism of all of the people we encountered. Dr. Kawai performed a very thorough exam.
Dr. Kawai was cheerful, helpful, and well informed.
I was impressed with her professional attitude and sense of humor. Kelli answers all my questions with clearly explanations and suggestions.
Education and Experience
After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Dr. Kawai went on to one of the best optometry programs in the country at University of California, Berkeley. Their program offers the most hands-on clinical hours for their students so graduates come out with excellent real life experience. Dr. Kawai is also a member of Beta Sigma Kappa, the international optometric honor society.
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Biological Sciences/Anatomy & Physiology
University of California, Berkeley
Doctorate of Optometry
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