Meet the Optometrists

  • Dr.
    Gabe Respicio

    9A UC Berkeley Optometry graduate, Dr. Gabe Respicio started his career at Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, CA.  A 29-year resident of Hercules, CA, Dr. Gabe launched OPTOMETRY BY THE BAY in September, 2005.

    As a student at CAL, working under Dr. Robert Mandell - known to be a pioneer in the contact lens field, Dr. Respicio participated in and co-authored contact lens related studies published in Optometric journals and textbooks. His doctorate thesis - involved Sports Vision - enabled him to work with the CAL baseball and softball teams as well as the athletes involved in the East-West Shrine Game. He has participated in three Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH) missions (2 in the Philippines and 1 in Mexico).

    Having co-managed hundreds of patients with the Bay Area's best LASIK surgeons, Dr. Respicio is highly trained and experienced in this sub-specialty.  He added Low Vision services in which telescopic and magnification devices are prescribed to those suffering from permanent vision loss related to such diseases as Diabetes, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.

    If he's not playing the drums (he is known as 'The World's Okayest Drummer') or grinding out DYI projects around the house, Dr. Gabe's free time is spent with his beautiful wife, Jennifer, and his wonderful kids . . . 20 year-old daughter, Niki, and 14 and 9 year-old sons, Roman and Zane.  You may have also spotted him walking his Doberman Pinscher, Ava.

    Dr. Gabe is a past President of the Dynamic Referral Group, the local BNI Chapter - and is a member of the Hercules Chamber of Commerce.  He is member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, and the Alameda Contra Costa Optometric Society.

  • Dr.
    Yarigtnetzilem (Yari) Diez

    Dr. Yarigtnetzilem (Yari) Diez earned her Doctor of Optometry degree at UC Berkeley where she was a member of the Honor Society.

    Dr. Diez had her professional externships at the Veterans Affairs in San Francisco and Fresno Medical Centers, where she worked closely with corneal, retinal and glaucoma specialist from UCSF department of Ophthalmology. She has served diverse patient populations with high prevalence of glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic eye disease. She also has experience working in in low-income clinics where she works with Spanish-speaking patients with particular exposure to pediatrics. She is therapeutically certified to diagnose, manage and treat various conditions and disease of the eye.

    Dr. Diez has excellent communication skills and speaks Spanish fluently. She has been involved with many community service organizations; including VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) an organization that provides eye care to underserved populations around the world.

    When not in the office, she enjoys hiking, yoga and spending time with her husband.