Doctors of Optometry
Independent Doctors of Optometry are certified and licensed by the California State Board of Optometry. All Beverly Plaza Optometric Center Doctors are licensed to use Diagnostic Pharmaceutical Agents (DPAs) to ensure complete and comprehensive evaluation of your eye health.
Meredith Barber, OD, Owner/Manager
Dr. Meredith Barber grew up in Vienna, Virginia, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C. She attended the University of Virginia for her Undergraduate degree in Biology and moved to California to pursue her Optometry career. She received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2010 from the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California. Her specialties include fitting contact lenses, treating diseases of the eye including dry eye and infections, and she has a passion for pediatrics.
Throughout her career, Dr. Barber received the President’s Club Diamond Member Award for being the number one Employed Doctor in LensCrafters North America for 2012. In 2014, she received a LensCrafters President’s Pin for outstanding patient care and customer service. She is also very involved with the charity OneSight, through which she traveled to give the gift of sight to the underserved people of communities all over the world. She is eagerly looking forward to her next charitable clinic opportunity to help solve the vision crisis.
When she is not in the office seeing patients, Dr. Barber enjoys attending her Jazzercise aerobics classes and going on hikes around the Los Angeles area. She is also a huge “foodie,” as she always knows about the best and newest restaurants around Los Angeles. Lastly, she loves to travel the world and has visited a vast array of countries in Europe, Asia and North America.
She thanks you for choosing Beverly Plaza Optometric Center for your vision care needs and is dedicated to doing everything to help you see and look your best. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!
Umangi Popat, OD
A Southern California native, Dr. Umangi Popat attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies and graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 2007. She then went on to complete an ocular disease residency at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Hospital. Although the main focus of her training was on ocular disease, she was exposed to a myriad of different specialties including low vision, specialty contact lenses, neuro-ophthalmology, and traumatic brain injury. During her residency she also saw patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and worked with a top retina doctor at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital.
After her time in Philadelphia, Dr. Popat moved to New York City, where she practiced optometry for 7 years before moving back to Los Angeles. Her experience in various settings allows her to care for the diverse patient population that exists here in Southern California. She is able to conduct full eye exams in Spanish as well as other languages such as Gujarati and Hindi. She takes great pride in being kind and compassionate toward each patient and makes sure that no questions are ever left unanswered. This practice has allowed her to develop a great rapport with her patients.
When she is not caring for her patients, Dr. Popat enjoys reading, watching films, listening to music, hiking, outdoor activities, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.
In addition to traveling for leisure, she is very active with OneSight and has travelled domestically and internationally to help provide eye care to underserved populations.
Veasna Ma, OD
Growing up in Long Beach and finishing her Biology degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Veasna Ma pursued the field of eye care. She graduated from The New England College of Optometry in 2006. Her interest in applying to Optometry began at the age of 7, when she failed her school screening vision test. She was afraid to take the note to her parents to let them know that she had ‘failed’ something in school. Her father immediately took her to an optometrist in downtown Los Angeles to be examined and fit for glasses. Although her first pair of spectacles were huge pink plastic, Sally Jesse Raphael look-a-like glasses, it made all the difference to her education in school.
Dr. Ma values the importance of having her patients see the world clearly, whether you are 7 or 70. She hopes that through educating patients on the importance of annual eye exams, they will understand that ocular health is necessary in order to maintain one’s vision.