MEET OUR EYE DOCTORS
Andy Kongsakul, O.D.
Dr. Andy Kongsakul was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and his Doctorate of Optometry from the State University of New York College of Optometry in New York City.
Dr. K served as an attending optometrist at the Department of Ophthalmology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He later founded Valley Optometry Eyecare Center in Reseda, and El Portal Optometry in the NoHo Arts District.
Professional affiliations include American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association, San Fernando Valley Optometric Society, Vision Source, and Asian American Optometric Society. He is also fluent in Spanish and Thai.
Dr. Kongsakul is passionate about community service and helped ran a volunteer eye clinic at the LACHC which services the homeless living in skidrow. He is also a Unite for Site volunteer who traveled to Africa in order to provide eye care to the under-served living in remote villages of Ghana. During his spare time, Dr. K. enjoys indulging in food of all cultures, attending concerts, traveling, snowboarding, and rooting for the Lakers.
Kristal Kawamoto, O.D.
Originally from San Jose, CA., Dr. Kristal Kawamoto started her SoCal life at UCLA, where she graduated with honors in Physiological Science. Her passion for health and medicine led her to obtain her Doctorate of Optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, also with honors. During her 4th year internships, Dr. Kawamoto treated various ailments from glaucoma to diabetic retinopathy at VA hospitals in Hawaii and Arizona. She also stayed active with various community service organizations, including trips to El Salvador, where she provided hundreds of much-needed eye exams.
Dr. Kawamoto was practicing in Gardena, CA before she made her move to the San Fernando Valley, where she joined the elite group of doctors at El Portal Optometry. Here, she continues her philosophy of forming lasting relationships with each patient and providing the absolute best care possible.
She continues to stay active in her community and profession as well, serving as president and now trustee for the Asian American Optometric Society. Dr. Kawamoto has a passion for the outdoors, animals, and food, and you will often find her travelling, snowboarding, or cheering on her favorite Bay Area teams.
Anne Shin, O.D.
Dr. Anne Shin is from the Chicago area. She attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and majored in the field of Biology. Her interest in the health care field led her to pursue a career in Optometry. Dr. Shin earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry and after graduating came to California where she began to practice.
Dr. Shin has many years of experience working in a private practice setting. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and practices full scope optometry. Dr. Shin is a licensed therapeutic Optometrist; certified to diagnose, treat and manage diseases and infections of the eyes and use therapeutic and pharmalogical agents.
When Dr. Shin is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She also is very fond of cooking all kinds of cuisines and enjoys running, reading, golf and playing/listening to a wide variety of music.
Gina Shao, O.D.
Needing eyeglasses since childhood has led to Dr. Gina Shao’s interest in providing eyecare for others. After graduating from UCLA with Microbiology and Molecular Genetics major, she pursued and received her Doctorate degree of Optometry at State University of New York State College of New York. During the program, she interned in rotations of pediatrics, vision therapy, and ocular pathology.
Dr Shao has been a member of Asian American Optometric Society. She has assisted in local vision clinics at Special Olympics, MEND, and RAM. She’s also had the opportunity to participate in a few eyecare mission trips to serve the people of Oaxaca, Mexico. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Outside of work, Dr Shao enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, traveling, photography, music, reading, knitting, and experimenting with recipes.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
I love visiting El Portal Optometry. Everyone from the Doctors to the Op techs to the front desk ninjas, all are extremely welcoming, informative, attentive and very pleasant. Great variety of frames as well. Highly recommend this great little Optometry!
— April T.