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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Old Town Optix & Optometry a proud provider of vision care products and services in La Quinta.


James Almaraz, O.D., managing doctor

Dr. Almaraz, a long time successful optometrist in Big Bear Lake, California, is now bringing the same “small town” personal care to his patients at Old Town Optix & Optometry in La Quinta. Along with the very talented existing team, and the kind referrals of his patients, he wants to create the most successful practice in La Quinta’s history!

As a licensed optometrist, Dr. Almaraz provides eye exams, diagnoses and treats many disorders that affect the eye or vision. In addition to training in eye diseases and disorders, Dr. Almaraz is also trained in anatomy, biochemistry, and physiology. With this background, Dr. Almaraz is experienced to recognize a range of health issues; such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, and hypertension.

Dr. Almaraz is a graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry and attends several continuing education seminars to stay current on the latest advances in eye health, vision care and contact lenses.

Dr. Almaraz is married and has two children living in San Diego. He enjoys golf, reading, woodworking, wine tasting, cooking and cycling. He is currently an Advisory Board Member to the NVision Laser Eye Center and the secretary of the Big Bear Cycling Association. Wave if you see him riding around the Valley!


Steffanie Wilamart, O.D.

Steffanie Wilamart has her roots in Southern California. Apart from being born and raised here, she feels lucky to have received her further education where she calls home. Steffanie attended Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry and received her Doctorate of Optometry in May 2015. Prior to that, she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2011 from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

Steffanie has had extensive postgraduate training during her time at Western University and has worked with a wide variety of patients not only in the University Clinic, but also in Naval Hospital in Twentynine Palms, California; Veteran’s Affairs Clinic in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Family Vision Care and Vision Therapy in San Carlos, California; and Henry Ford Optimeyes in Troy, Michigan. During those rotations she was able to gain more experience in primary care, contact lenses, pediatrics, vision therapy, and disease management. She has been a student-fellow of The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) since October 2013.

Most importantly, Steffanie is passionate about giving back to the community and has been involved in various community projects. She had the opportunity to volunteer with Volunteer Optometric Services and helped to give over 2000 eye exams to the people of San Carlos, Mexico. She has also been a project leader in the non-profit organization Project Pueblo where she led service trips to the Navajo Nation Native American Reservation in Arizona. Steffanie believes strongly in using her skills to help those in need.

Her hobbies range from spending time with her family and dogs, watching movies, going to Disneyland, traveling, and trying new restaurants. She looks forward to meeting and helping you.


Kitty Hoddick, Licensed Optician

Kitty has more than 30 years experience as an Optician previously working in Orange County and the Newport Beach areas prior to relocating to the Coachella Valley. She has been with Dr. Jensen the prior owner since the office opened in 2004. Her knowledge and training are available to help you select the best frame and lenses. She is happy to assist you in all of your optical needs.


Bobby Mc Gee, Licensed Optician

Bobby joined has over 30 years experience in the optical field. Bobby is available to help with your frame and lens needs and will ensure that your frame has the proper fit. He also can cut your lenses in our in house lab as you wait.