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Paul Naftali, O.D.

Dr. Naftali is a graduate of Duke University. He completed his professional training at the University of California at Berkeley in 1989 graduating 2nd in his class. He performed an optional additional year of residency at a unique combined program between the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) and Hahnemann University Hospital Department of Ophthalmology in Philadelphia from 1989-90. He is board certified and a Diplomate, American Board of Optometry.

Dr. Naftali has more than 20 years of practice; he has developed strong interests in the treatment of glaucoma and macular degeneration due to his own family history. In 2012 he was board certified by the American Board of Optometry.

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James Lacotte, O.D.

Dr. Lacotte is a graduate of Drew University. He completed his professional training at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now Salus University) in 2007. He has a particular interest in the use of bifocal and multifocal contact lenses as well as fitting more advanced contact lenses such as scleral contact lenses.  Dr. Lacotte pays special attention to issues concerning dry eyes. He also has personal and professional experience managing LASIK vision correction. Plus, he has become very familiar with the newest developments in ophthalmic lens technologies to enhance vision correction and to minimize problems frequently encountered in today’s computer heavy work environment.

In his free time Dr. Lacotte is an avid golfer.  He began playing the game at a young age with his grandfather and has been hooked ever since.  Speaking of hooked, he also enjoys saltwater fishing and spending time at the beach and around the ocean.  Dr. Lacotte also like to cook and is always looking to cook or try new types of cuisine.

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Sonya Malani, O.D.

Dr. Sonya Malani graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a degree in Biological Sciences. She later received her doctorate from the State University of New York College of Optometry, where she graduated with high honors and is a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa optometric honor society.

She then completed an additional one year residency specializing in Ocular Disease and Refractive Surgery at OMNI Eye Services NJ, where she worked alongside a number of distinguished ocular surgeons. As a result of her training and clinical experience, Dr. Malani is well versed in the management of cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and ocular emergencies.

She also has a strong interest in pediatrics and slowing the progression of myopia (near-sightedness) in young patients. Rapid progression of myopia in children may often lead to high myopia and an increased risk for developing ocular disease in adulthood. "Myopia control" is a term used to describe a number of treatment options that help slow this progression. Dr. Malani is happy to offer low-dose atropine drops and soft multi-focal contact lenses to children who may qualify for these myopia control options.

When she is not working, Dr. Malani enjoys spending time with her husband and toddler. She also enjoys making candles with scents inspired by her love for cooking and traveling.

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Michelle Phan, O.D.

Dr. Michelle Phan is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. After completing her optometry schooling with high honors, she pursued additional training in Ocular Disease and Primary Care by completing an optional optometry residency under the Connecticut Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.

Dr. Phan has cumulative experience in hospital eye care, private practice, and corporate optometry. She is proud to serve the community and offers care ranging from pediatric to geriatric eye care. Dr. Phan is also trained to provide specialty contact lens and ocular disease management, including but not limited to glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, and keratoconus.

In her spare time, she enjoys trying new foods, spending time with friends and family, traveling, and working with arts and crafts.