Dr. Monica Ma was raised right here in the 27519 zip code of Cary, NC. She graduated from William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double major in Biology and Psychology. After college, Dr. Ma obtained another bachelor of science in Visual Science and her Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. In school, she was active in many extracurricular activities, including community service and received clinical honors multiple semesters. At graduation, Dr. Ma received additional awards for her level of clinical excellence.
It has been a long time goal for Dr. Ma to return to North Carolina and practice optometry in the state that she grew up in. Prior to founding Parkside Eye Care, Dr. Ma worked at a private practice in rural North Carolina for five years. She feels excited and blessed for the opportunity to serve the local community through excellent eye care. Dr. Ma specializes in glaucoma evaluations, dry eye evaluations, iLux treatment, and pediatric eye care for children of all ages. She is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society.
Dr. Ma and Dr. Reynon married shortly after optometry school and are parents to two wonderful little girls. They reside here in West Cary.
Dr. Jonathan Reynon, OD was raised in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from the University of Maryland, majoring in Neurobiology and Physiology. Before attending optometry school, Dr. Reynon was an ophthalmic technician at The Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he learned from some of the most innovative surgeons in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Reynon went on to earn his Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, receiving honors for clinical excellence. His training primarily focused on primary care optometry and ocular disease. Dr. Reynon’s rotations and specialty training included Katzen Eye Group in Towson, Maryland, the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, and Eye Care Associates in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Reynon specializes in Keratoconus and Difficult to Fit and Medically Necessary Contact Lenses, Myopia Management and Ortho-K, and Diabetic Eye Care. He is also a member of the American Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society.
Outside of work, Dr. Reynon enjoys playing sports, cheering for his favorite sports teams, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Dr. Reynon is proud to consider Cary, NC his new home.
Dr. Laura Chen spent the majority of her childhood in Cary, NC and graduated from Green Hope High School. She then earned a BS in Biology and minor in Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time in undergrad, she founded the Carolina Pre-Optometry Association and worked as an optometric intern at a private practice in Chapel Hill.
Dr. Chen received her Doctorate of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry, graduating summa cum laude. Her clinical externships included the University Eye Center at Los Angeles, Travis Air Force Base, Ketchum Health in Anaheim, CA, and Orange County Retina. She also spent time on missions trips providing eye exams and glasses to underserved communities in Mexico.
Following optometry school, she completed a residency at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. There she provided optometric care to veterans and gained further experience in ocular disease management, TBI vision evaluations, and low vision evaluations.
Dr. Chen is excited to move back to the Triangle area with her husband (who also grew up in Cary, NC) and to provide eye care services to this community. In her spare time she loves to travel, cook new recipes, try new restaurants, and teach tricks to her cat.
Dr. Harada, OD was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. He graduated from Boston University with a BA in Biology, specializing in Neurobiology. After graduation, he worked as a research assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Prior to optometry school, Dr. Harada was an optometric assistant at two private practices in the Bay Area. He earned his Doctorate of Optometry from Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Dr. Harada trained at the Palo Alto VA in Palo Alto, CA, Castle Family Health Center in Atwater, CA, University Eye Center in Anaheim, CA, and Schermer Eye Associates in Sacramento, CA. His clinical interests include dry eye, RGP lenses, scleral lenses, and orthokeratology.
Dr. Harada is a member of the American Optometric Association and the prestigious Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society.
He and his wife reside in Durham with their two cats. They enjoy playing video games and are always looking for the newest restaurants to try.
Dr. Lauren Yao is a North Carolina native and alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She earned her Doctorate from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, where she graduated with honors and was inducted into the prestigious Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society.
She performed her rotations and specialty training at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Georgia Eye Partners in Atlanta, GA and the Alabama Institute of the Deaf and Blind. Her clinical passions include pediatric eye care, scleral lenses, and orthokeratology.
Dr. Yao is a proud member of both the American Optometric Association and the North Carolina Optometric Society. She has participated in community-based outreach programs to provide eye care services to underserved areas and looks forward to continuing this active community involvement.
Dr. Yao and her husband Noah are new residents of the Brier Creek area. She enjoys Carolina Basketball and Marvel movies.
Dr. Yao is currently on maternity leave.