Meet our Fremont Optometrists
After graduating from University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry, Dr. Michael Fauria and Dr. Susan Pirrone opened their office for family eye care in 1985. Together, Dr. Fauria and Dr. Pirrone strive to give each of their patients the best eye care avalible with passion, education, and technology.
Dr. Michael F. Fauria was born and raised in the East Bay, graduated with academic honors from Moreau High School and received a California State Scholarship award to the University of Santa Clara. After graduating with honors at Santa Clara in 1980 he entered Optometry at University of California at Berkeley. He received his Doctorate of Optometry degree in 1984.
Following graduation Dr. Fauria began Warm Springs Optometric Group with Dr. Susan M. Pirrone also a U.C. Berkeley Optometry graduate and classmate. He and Dr. Pirrone shared time in the office while also working outside the practice. Dr. Fauria was hired as the Optometric Clinical Director for Gardner Family Health Network in San Jose. His work was primarily with senior citizens and under-served Latino populations in San Jose. He gained valuable and extensive knowledge in the treatment of eye disease; he developed clinical guidelines for cataract and glaucoma evaluations as well as laser surgeries for diabetics. Dr. Fauria is also an expert at fitting ortho-keratology lenses, and has been managing myopia since 2002.
Dr. Michael Fauria is a member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and Alameda Contra-Costa County Optometric Society, in which he served as director of membership and legislative keyperson. He was honored as Keyperson of the Year for the State of California in 1999. In addition he was awarded the top membership award for the state in 1997.
Dr. Fauria and his wife, Nancy, live in the Warm Springs area of Fremont. His son, Christian, lives and works in San Diego, while his daughter, Kathryn completed a masters degree from the University of San Francisco, and is currently teaching English at Presentation High School in San Jose. The family enjoys the outdoors, camping, fishing, and traveling. Dr. Fauria also spends time training his Golden Retrievers, Stryker and Roxy.
Dr. Susan M. Pirrone graduated from the University Of California Berkeley School of Optometry in 1984 along with her classmate and business partner, Dr. Michael F. Fauria. Since 1985 she has enjoyed practicing private optometry here in Fremont. Dr. Pirrone feels privileged to have developed many special bonds and friendships with her patients over the years. Her mission is to give the type of care she would want for herself or family members. She is an expert at fitting ortho-keratology lenses, and has been managing myopia since 2002.
In addition to working here in Fremont with a particular love of contact lenses, Dr. Pirrone has also worked with families in Capitola, the elderly in San Jose, and children of the Bay Area doing school screenings.
Dr. Pirrone is always in search of a new hobby to add to her current list of past times: reading, spending time with her dogs, exercising, decorating, traveling and enjoying her friends’ company. Although she lived in Fremont for years, she currently resides in San Jose with her dogs Kisses, Chloe, and Frankie.
Dr. Pirrone looks forward to meeting and caring for you, your family, and friends.
Dr. Ece Turhal (pronounced AJ Ter-hal) was born and raised in Ankara, Turkey before moving to Pleasanton, California for middle and high school. She received a B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from UC Davis before starting optometry school at the UC Berkeley School of Optometry. Dr. Turhal has had extensive optometric training at the Veterans Affairs hospitals in Fresno, California and Miami, Florida. She has also received training at Kaiser Point West in Sacramento, California fitting patients in specialty contact lenses and managing severe dry eye cases.
She is glaucoma certified and is comfortable managing eye conditions, such as keratoconus, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, dry eyes, and diabetic retinopathy. She enjoys helping people of all ages see better with glasses and contacts.
As a nearsighted person herself, Dr. Turhal understands the struggles that come along with needing glasses and contacts. She is passionate about managing myopia(nearsightedness) in all of her young patients to ensure their prescriptions stay as low as possible. She is highly trained in specialty contacts and has been actively managing myopia here in the Bay Area.
Dr. Turhal is a member of the American Optometric Association, California Optometric Association and Alameda Contra-Costa County Optometric Society. She received a patent during optometry school for an optical inventory management system. Further, she received numerous awards amongst her peers at UC Berkeley including the COVD Binocular Vision Award for her excellence in managing binocular vision conditions in adults and children through vision therapy. She is our expert when it comes to binocular vision issues and vision therapy.
Dr. Turhal lives in the Warm Springs area of Fremont. She enjoys playing with her beagle, traveling to new places near and far, photography, playing StarCraft, and spending time with friends and family. She looks forward to serving the Fremont community and enhancing the quality of vision and life of each of her patients.