Our Optometrists

Our Corpus Christi Optometrists

Our Corpus Christi optometrists, Drs. McIntyre, Garza, Avila, & Jurica, make every effort to ensure that our patients not only receive comprehensive eye care services, but that they do so in an environment where they feel completely comfortable. The optometrists at our practice have provided years of quality service to the Corpus Christi community – find out more about us below.

Dr. John McIntyre

Dr. John McIntyre

Dr. John McIntyre has practiced in Corpus Christi since 1984 and opened this practice in 1986. He received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston in 1980 and attended the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1984. He has served on numerous Boards including the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. McIntyre specializes in Myopia Management. He enjoys spending time with his 4 children.
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Dr. Edward Garza

Dr. Edward Garza

Dr. Edward Garza, a Corpus Christi native, received his Optometrist degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry in 1991. He completed clinical externships in eye diseases and contact lenses. He received his B.S. degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Corpus Christi State University. Dr. Garza was an Army Optometrist at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. As an eye doctor, he joined the practice in 1994. He is Board Certified in the diagnosis and treatment of eye disease and has attended numerous postgraduate courses in laser vision correction in the U.S. and Canada. He has also completed board exams to treat glaucoma and to prescribe oral medication. Dr. Garza has been president of the Corpus Christi Optometric Society, has served as a board member for the Texas Optometric Association and is a member of the American Optometric Association. He is married and has two children.

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Dr. Catalina Avila

Dr. Catalina Avila

Dr. Catalina Avila was born in Monterrey, Mexico and raised in South Texas. As a Texas Achievement Award Scholar, she attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1989 to 1992. In 1992 she was accepted to the University of Houston College of Optometry where she went on to earn her Bachelors of Science degree in Optometry in 1994 and her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1996. As a student, she was a member of Golden Key Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. Dr. Avila is a member of the Texas Optometric Association, American Optometric Association and the Corpus Christi Optometric Society. She completed clinical externships at the Good Neighbor, San Jose, and Richmond clinics in Houston and San Antonio Eye Institute. As an eye doctor, Dr. Avila is board certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease and glaucoma and has attended numerous post graduate courses in laser vision correction. She is married and has three children.

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Dr. Adam Jurica

Dr. Adam Jurica

Dr. Adam Jurica, a native of George West, Texas, was born in Corpus Christi in 1978. He received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A & M University, College Station in 2001. From then he was accepted to the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee and received his Doctor of Optometry in 2006. Dr. Jurica completed clinical externships in pediatrics, vision therapy, and contact lenses in Plano, Texas and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. He now specializes in Glaucoma Management. Dr. Jurica is now a member of the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association and the Corpus Christi Optometric Society. He is married and has 3 boys.
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Dr. David Browning

Dr. David Browning

Dr. David Browning grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Dominican Republic where he became fluent in Spanish. He later attended Optometry school at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Upon graduation, Dr. Browning served in the Navy and was stationed at Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi. He joined the practice in 2011. Dr. Browning is currently a member of the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Corpus Christi Optometric Society. He is board-certified for the treatment and management of ocular disease. His passion is helping patients restore their vision through the utilization of specialty contacts including Scleral lenses. Dr. Browning is married with four children. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, going to the beach, and playing golf.
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Dr. Alyssa Gamez

Dr. Alyssa Gamez

Dr. Alyssa Gamez was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and raised in Beeville, Texas. In 2008, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Cum Laude, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She was then accepted to the University Of Houston College Of Optometry and received her Doctor of Optometry degree in May 2013. While attending optometry school, she was a member of the Student Texas Optometric Association and the American Optometric Student Association. She was also nominated for the Institute of Optometric Practice Publication. Dr. Gamez completed clinical rotations in ocular disease, pediatrics, low vision, and contact lenses. She also completed clinical externships at Sharp Eye Consultants in San Antonio, as well as Good Neighbor Eye Clinic, Texas Eye Institute, and Eye Center of Texas in Houston. Dr. Gamez has particular interest in myopia management. She has successfully completed the requirements to prescribe and fit Paragon CRT® contact lenses and MiSight® 1 day contact lenses. Dr. Gamez is now a member of the Texas Optometric Association, the American Optometric Association, and the Corpus Christi Optometric Society. She joined the practice full time in 2013, upon graduation from UHCO. She now lives in Corpus Christi with her husband and three daughters.
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Dr. Richard Lazarte

Dr. Richard Lazarte

Dr. Richard Lazarte, a native of Corpus Christi, was Valedictorian of Foy H. Moody High School in 1972. He attended the University of Houston and during the second year of his bachelor’s program, was accepted into the University Of Houston College Of Optometry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Optometry in 1976 and his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1977 from the University Of Houston College Of Optometry. Dr. Lazarte has been associated for more than 5 years in medical surgical Ophthalmological practices and is experienced in the treatment of glaucoma, diabetic eye evaluations and the management and treatment of ocular diseases. After being in private practice for over 30 years, Dr. Lazarte joined Drs. McIntyre, Garza, Avila, & Jurica in 2008. Dr. Lazarte is board certified in the treatment and management of ocular diseases and glaucoma. Dr. Lazarte is a former president of the Corpus Christi Optometric Society. He is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class XII, and has served on various boards and associations such as the Women’s Shelter, Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers, Optimists and Lions Clubs. Dr. Lazarte is a deacon in his Church and has participated in missionary work both abroad and locally. Dr. Lazarte is married and has four children.

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Dr. Amy Luu Mai

Dr. Amy Luu Mai

Dr. Amy Luu Mai, a native of Corpus Christi, enjoys providing eye care for her hometown, a place she holds dear to her heart. Dr. Mai graduated with a B.S. from St. Mary’s University in 2009, a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences (Neuroscience) from Colorado State University in 2010, and graduated with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2015. Since her youth, service work was instilled in her as well as morals and spirituality. Dr. Luu Mai served as an AmeriCorps member in Southern Oregon in 2010. She also volunteered with Fellow Christians of Optometrists to help provide over 700 eye exams in Chiquimula, Guatemala in 2013. Dr Mai trained in pediatrics at the Illinois Eye Institute, advanced care at Omaha Eye and Laser Institute, specialty contact lenses at Marietta Eye clinic, and the Detroit VA Hospital. Dr Mai enjoys fitting speciality contacts such as sclerals and ortho k. She is a member of the Scleral Lens Society and American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. Dr. Mai is fluent in Vietnamese and dreams of being able to return back to Vietnam and provide medical care in rural areas.
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Dr. Blankenship

Dr. Brooke Blankenship

Dr. Brooke Blankenship was raised in small town Pratt, Kansas. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Wichita State University. She then attended Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee where she earned her Doctor of Optometry degree. As a student, she was a member of several clubs including Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity where she provided free eye care to the underserved areas of Cartagena, Colombia. Dr. Blankenship completed her clinical externships in Nashville, Tennessee and the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas where she trained in ocular disease, pediatrics, vision therapy, and contact lens. She is licensed to treat ocular disease including glaucoma and is certified to fit contact lenses that help manage nearsightedness. She is a member of the American Optometrist Association and the Texas Optometric Association. Dr. Blankenship joined the practice in 2019 and enjoys continuing to improve the vision and lives of her patients.
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