Doctor Mark Tafoya completed his BS and Doctorate of Optometry at University of Houston. While pursuing his first doctorate, he realized that vitreoretinal surgery was his passion. He continued his education in his home state of Nebraska at University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he earned his Medical Doctorate in 1995. He completed his ophthalmology residency at University of Florida and his two-year vitreoretinal fellowship under H Michael Lambert, MD in Houston, Texas. Doctor Tafoya’s unique combination of Optometric and Ophthalmologic training enables him to completely understand and address your every eye care need. In 2002, he accepted the vitreoretinal surgeon position at Hawaii Permanente Medical Group where he practiced until opening this office. In his free time, Doctor Tafoya sits on the board of the American Diabetes Association- Hawaii Chapter and his church’s vestry. He also enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.
Administrator– Tammy Lem earned her BA in Biology and Chemistry from Mills College in Oakland, California. She then obtained her doctorate in Optometry from University of Houston College of Optometry in 1991. She and Doctor Tafoya have been married since 1992. Aside from her position as Pacific Retina Care’s Administrator, she spends the rest of her time raising their two children, Miranda and Jack; volunteering at their school; and serving on their neighborhood community association board.