Faculty & Staff bios

Paul Dobies, OD, BS, FAAO

Assistant Professor

College of Optometry

E-Mail: pdobies@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3884 | Fax: 909-706-3905

Website: www.westernu.edu

Join year: Founding Faculty Member, July 1, 2009


OD, 1982, Southern California College of Optometry 

BS Vision Science, 1980, Southern California College of Optometry 

BS Psychology, 1972, Loyola Marymount University 


Glaucoma, 2005, CA Board of Optometry
Fellow, 1998, American Academy of Optometry
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), 1981, Association of Psychological Type

Professional Experience

Interprofessional Practice with MD, DO, NP, PA, PT, PharmD providers, 30 years, 100,000 patients

Glendale Eye Medical Group (James McCaffery MD), Glendale CA
Secondary Ophthalmic Care: 06/82-06/83 (FT)

Arcadia Eye Center (John P. Beauclair MD), Arcadia CA
Secondary / Primary Care: 06/83-06/88 (FT), 07/02-07/08 (PT)

Friendly Hills Healthcare Network (Jeffrey V. Winston MD), La Habra CA
Vision Services Department, Ophthalmology: 06/88-06/97 (FT)
Eye MedSurg Co-Management with Chief of Ophthalmology
Departmental Work Redesign (Vision Services, Ob/Gyn,
Diabetic Care Center, Senior Care Programs)
Clinical Educator (Communication, MedEye Preceptorships)

 La Mirada Eye and Laser Center (Jeffrey V. Winston MD), La Mirada CA
Glaucoma Certification: 09/01-06/05 (PT)

Fullerton Eye Center Medical Group (William D. Mosier MD), Fullerton CA
Primary Medical Eyecare: 06/05-01/07 (PT)

Wayne H. Martin MD, Diamond Bar, Chino CA
Primary Medical Eyecare: 09/07-06/09 (PT)

Almira Cann MD, Pasadena CA
Primary Medical Eyecare: 04/08-12/08 (PT)

Derek R. Rice OD, Whittier CA
Primary Medical Vision Care: 08/08-05/09 (PT)

Western University College of Optometry (WUCO), Pomona CA
Assistant Professor (Dean Elizabeth Hoppe OD): 07/09-present
Lab Coordinator, Principles and Practice of Optometry
Patient Care Center, Direct Patient Care / Staff Interns
Interprofessional Education Facilitator
Lecturer, Patient Communication, Primary Medical Vision Care

Work Site

Staff Optometrist and Clinical Educator, Western University of Health Sciences Eye Care Institute, Pomona, CA

Academic Interests

Patient/Provider Communication

Clinical Ocular Pharmacology 

Patient Safety

Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine

Teaching Experience

Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO), Fullerton CA

Assistant Professor (Morris S. Berman OD): 11/95-06/09 (PT/FT)

Staff, OCLA interns (Tony Carnevali OD): 07/00-06/09 (PT)

Clinical Educator (interprofessional relations): 1995-06/09

Patient-Provider / Interprofessional Communication

Clinical Skills for National Board / Optometric Practice

Optics of the Eye / Pseudophakia

Clinical Medicine / Interprofessional Healthcare Teams

Advanced Ocular Health Procedures / Glaucoma

Clinical Ocular Pharmacology / Top 10, Top 40 Eye Patients

Geriatric Optometry / Cataract MedSurg Patients

Community Health Screenings, Staff Doctor

Community Public Speaking, External Communications

Multidisciplinary Healthcare Delivery Systems

Evidence-Based Eyecare / Clinical Outcomes   


Principles and Practice of Optometry Labs

Guest Lecturer, Various Courses


Educate students for clinical practice, treat students as they will treat patients.  Build on intern strengths for competence, confidence, and communication in Interprofessonal Practice.

Research Interest

Applied Interprofessional Patient Care (scholarly clinician, not researcher) 


Student Clinical Pearls Award, 2015

Community Health Doctor of the Year, 1999 & 1998, Southern California College of Optometry 

Graduated cum laude from Southern California College of Optometry, 1982  


American Optometric Association  (AOA)

California Optometric Association (COA)

Rio Hondo Optometric Society (RHOS) 

Fellow, American Academy of Optometry (FAAO) 


Student Performance Committee, Western University College of Optometry

Facilities and Safety Committee, Western University of Health Sciences

Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare Leadership, Western University COMP


Political Advocacy

Faculty Representative, American Optometric Association  

Cal OPAC, California Optometric Association


Ocular Surgery News, “Ophthalmology is key force in winning the battle against diabetes,”  vol.15, no.23, pp.23-29, December 1, 1997.  (Note: only OD on a national OMD panel invited to discuss diabetes and preventing blindness). 

Primary Care Optometry News, “Provider-led managed care systems can offer diabetic patients quality, personal care,”  vol.2, no.12, p.19, December 1997. (Note: discusses the benefits of integrated care for diabetic patients and how optometry can participate in this care as part of an Interprofessional healthcare team). 

Optometric Extension Program, “Caring for Seniors,” vol.39, no. 2, pp.66-70, Spring 1998; discusses visual changes experienced by seniors and makes specific recommendations for office design. 

Primary Care Optometry News, “After foreign body removal, consider steroid, cycloplegic, antibiotic, disposable lens”, vol.6, no.7, pp.29-31, July 2001. The “Clinical Challenge” for the Corneal / External Disease section of this issue posed clinical questions to a panel of experts (Drs. Skorin, Laverty, and Dobies). 

Optometry and Vision Science­ (Journal of the American Academy of Optometry, St. Louis MO) 2003, Hoppe E, Carnevali T, Dobies P. Characteristics of urban Hispanic patients with diabetes presenting for eye care services. 74 (5):291-8.  Hispanic diabetic patients: language, access, community programs-what makes a difference? [abstract] 80 (12s):172.


Dr. Dobies joins WesternU from Southern California and brings over 30 years of experience in primary medical vision care and clinical education.  Dr. Dobies has a deep passion for building bridges of communication between providers and patients.  He has cared for 100,000 patients in group eye practices and multidisciplinary healthcare networks.  Dr. Dobies enthusiastically shows in practice, lecture, and lab, "there is always more to vision than meets the eye."