About Us

Meet Our Doctors

Archie Ackroyd, O.D.

Archie Ackroyd, O.D.

Born: Norristown, PA Moved to San Diego in 1972.

Education: Graduated from UC Berkeley as well as the UC Berkeley School of Optometry.

Practice: Dr. Ackroyd has been in practice in San Diego since 1972. He and Patrick Van Hoose have been in practice together since 2002. Dr. Ackroyd is our most experienced doctor, with more than 42 years of prescribing experience.

Activities/Interests: Golf, Sailing, and Working on his Sail Boat.

Marc C. Van Hoose, O.D.

Marc C. Van Hoose, O.D.

Born: Long Beach, CA. Raised in Carlsbad, CA.

Education: BA in Biology and English from the University of Southern California 2000, Graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Southern California College of Optometry in 2004, Completed Pre-Doctorate Rotations at Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital, Veterans Hospital Downtown Los Angeles, Native American Hospital Lawton, Oklahoma, and Fullerton Eye Care Center.

Practice: Joined Ackroyd and Van Hoose Optometry in 2004.

Family: Married to his wife, Kyri, since 2001. They have a daughter, Caitlyn, who was born in 2008 and a son, Griffin, who was born in 2012.

Activities/Interests: Spending time with his family, USC Football, going to the beach, and playing golf and softball.

Carl Boeck, O.D.

Carl Boeck, O.D.

Born: Dr. Boeck has lived in East County San Diego since 1959 and graduated from Santana High School

Education: Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Pacific University in 1975 where he also played baseball. Graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1979.

Practice: Dr. Boeck has been in private practice in San Diego for over 35 years. After 9/11 he joined the Air Force Reserves, serving over 13 years and achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and serving as Chief of Optometry Services at March ARB, CA. He has also been deployed on fourteen Humanitarian Service Missions to Africa, Central and South America, and Southeast Asia. He is proud to continue his service to his country through the Veterans’s Administration Outreach Program.

Activities / Interests: Travel, Downhill skiiing

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About Our Team

Our team of eye care professionals is experienced and friendly. We’re here to help all patients understand their benefits, schedule appointments, and fulfill their eye doctor’s orders. Our practice can give you guidance in picking out your perfect pair of eyewear, and our friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.

Learn more about our team here!

Kristen Gutierrez

Kristen Gutierrez

Office Manager & Optician

Born: Fresno, CA where she lived until she moved to San Diego in 2007.

Experience: Kristen has been an optician since 2005 and received her certification from the American Board of Opticianry in 2009. She is fully trained in the fitting of all types of glasses frames and lenses. She joined Ackroyd and Van Hoose Optometry in 2007 and is the office manager.

Family: Kristen has a daughter, Kylee, who was born in 2012.

Activities/Interests: Spending time with her daughter, taking family trips to the beach and park and spending time outdoors with her dog, Pumpkin.

Brenda Gutierrez

Brenda Gutierrez

Front Desk Reception / Communications

Born: Brenda has been a California resident for over 55 years. She recently relocated to San Diego to be closer to her family.

Experience: Brenda has worked in the customer service industry for over 35 years. She takes pride in making sure our patients have an uplifting experience, receive quality care, and are happy to return to see us each year.

Family: Brenda has a son, Michael, and twin daughters, Kristen and Nicole. She also has four grandchildren, including Kristen’s daughter Kylee.

Activities / Interests: Camping in the Sierras, Golfing, and Spending time at the beach

Ursula Benedict

Ursula Benedict

Optician

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Immigrated to the United States in 1995 and immediately settled in San Diego.

Education: Completed a program for Clinical Medical Assistant at Boston Reed and graduated with a certificate in February 2002. She also completed an internship at Balboa Medical Group as a medical assistant.

Experience: Ursula has been an optician for over 15 years, beginning her career at Van Hoose & Kimball Optometry in La Jolla, CA. She joined Ackroyd & Van Hoose Optometry in early 2018.

Activities / Interests: Cooking, Travelling, Shopping, and Spending time with her family

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  • 7246 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
  • San Diego, CA
  • 92111
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