Dr. Russell Beach
Dr. Beach was born and raised in Melbourne (Florida, not Australia). Enjoying surfing and outdoor sports at an early age was probably the spring board for his overall interest in health and wellness. He attended undergraduate at Saint Leo University; graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and as the Valedictorian and Outstanding Biology Student. He then attended graduate school at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale. It was during those years where he became fascinated by the idea that knowledge and information could be leveraged to have a positive impact in the life of another human being.
"It was also during long hours of studying and clinical practice that I met and fell in love with my wife, Janel, who is now an amazing doctor, wife, and mother. I give her most of the credit for my earning my doctorate in 2005, along with my awards for clinical excellence in the specialties of glaucoma, low vision, and ophthalmic optics."
Dr. Beach has been living and practicing optometry in Virginia Beach since his graduation. In 2008, he started his own private practice called Clearview Eye Care. In 2013, he merged with the Coastal Vision practice. A few articles penned by Dr. Beach have been published in Review of Optometry and Advanced Ocular Care, and he is a member of the Tidewater Optometric Society, Virginia Optometric Association, and American Optometric Association.
At Coastal Vision, Dr. Beach enjoys practicing all aspects of the eye care profession. This includes primary eye care (glasses, contacts) to medical eye care (eye infections, ocular disease, diabetic retinopathy). He devotes a large amount of his time diagnosing and treating glaucoma.
"The fact that glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness is what motivates me to pay it special attention in my day-to-day clinical care. I also find myopia control a very fascinating area of eye care. Viewing and treating myopia as a public health issue is very important to me. And, recent developments in the controlling of myopia progression in children has been a new spark for me in clinical care these past few years."
Dr. Beach and his wife Janel have two boys, Parker and Greyson. They all love being outdoors. When he's not running long distances, Dr. Beach is usually with his family enjoying as many outdoor activities as he can find in Hampton Roads. His family attends Red Church in Virginia Beach.
"I most associate myself as a follower of Jesus Christ. It’s the centrality around which everything else turns. My favorite verse, from the Sermon on the Mount, is “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be filled with light.” (Matt 6:22). It’s a physical and spiritual truth I hope permeates my work and family life in increasing measure."
This has been a catalyst for Dr. Beach's other passion: charity work. Coastal Vision has been blessed with the opportunity to give back to our local community in. All of the doctors see several homeless individuals at our office every week for free eye care and glasses. One Friday a month, the team also packs about 80 lunches for Homeland Disciples to distribute locally. Dr. Beach is currently coordinating efforts to provide free care and glasses on-site at local homeless shelters and housing centers. He knows the human impact of these efforts, on both the Coastal Vision team and those we’ve helped, is an amazing experience to witness.
Dr. Jessica Lin Nilsson
“From what I’ve seen, the eyes truly do tell you a lot about a person. From their general temperament to their ailments to their overall happiness. The eyes can tell you not only about the physical condition, but also the intangibles that make up an individual’s nature. I want to treat the person as a whole, from their eyes down. I not only want to help them with their actual ocular and visual health, but I want to express the understanding that the eyes are just a small but important part of the body and what we take from an evaluation of the eyes can be extrapolated to one’s physical health as a whole.”
This ideology is what drove Dr. Lin into the medical field – a way to help people be healthier. While growing up in Maryland (though born in Taiwan) and attending Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Dr. Lin has long known that there was an enduring desire to help people through healthcare and technology. After receiving her Bachelor’s of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, she earned her Doctorate of Optometry from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 2008, graduating third in her class. She received numerous awards and scholarships during her years in graduate school, and contributed to research testing and articles while in undergraduate school on the neuroscience topic of spatial neglect.
Dr. Lin moved to Virginia Beach to join the Coastal Vision family in 2009. She provides general comprehensive eye care to all ages with varying visual needs. Her area of concentration, however, is in the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye disease and other ocular surface disorders.
This is the passion that drives Dr. Lin – finding ways to help patients see and feel better. Beyond the practice, Dr. Lin also enjoys providing lectures on visual and ocular disorders and is an active member of American Optometric Association, the Virginia Optometric Association, and the local Tidewater Optometric Society. Outside of eye care, Dr. Lin enjoys community outreach such as volunteering with the National Red Cross, the Lions Club, and Kiwanis Club.
Beyond work and volunteering, Dr. Lin loves spending time with her family. With two new little girls, she and her husband don’t have as much time to travel, play the PS3 or Diablo, or go out to the newest foodie outings like they used to. Instead, it’s enjoying every single playground in the area and the first rollercoasters at Busch Gardens and the big hugs and cuddles at the end of the night that make her day. When there is time though, Dr. Lin squeezes in some kickboxing, the insanity’s, or p90x’s, and tries to get in two mud runs a year.
Dr. Scott Nilsson
Dr. Scott Nilsson grew up in North Eastern Pennsylvania and went to undergraduate school at Mansfield University where he majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. In 2000 he moved to Raleigh, North Carolina where he performed pharmaceutical and genetic research for four years. He then returned to school at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) in Philadelphia to receive his Doctorate of Optometry where he graduated with academic and clinical honors. He began his career with a practice in Charlottesville Virginia before moving to the Hampton Roads area in 2009.
Dr. Nilsson joined Coastal Vision as an employee for several years before purchasing the practice with his other partners. He performed several rotations in Optometry school that had emphasis on ocular disease management. It was during these rotations that he initially learned the skills to medically manage patients with dry eye, diabetes, macular degeneration, and other issues of the eyes. It was during the last 10 years of treating patients in private practice that he has been able to hone these skills to properly manage any ocular problems you are having. While treatment is important, it also needs to be done in a manner that allows you to be comfortable and understand your diagnosis.
“That is why I strive to have every one of my patients feel like they now have a friend who is their eye care provider! It’s a great feeling when you know you were able to really make a difference in that person’s quality of life and they leave with a smile.”
Dr. Nilsson loves living in Hampton Roads and resides here with his wife Dr. Lin and their two young daughters. He enjoys spending time with them outdoors, and taking part in family fun like fishing. In his spare time, Dr. Nilsson enjoys staying fit and going to the gym. He also enjoys doing a couple of 5k mud runs every year.
“Everyone is super busy in today’s fast paced world but taking some time to stay fit and healthy pays off dividends. Even if it’s just 30 minutes a couple of times per week. Taking some time to exercise really helps to keep the stress levels down while helping you look and feel better the whole week.” “Set small goals a couple of months out and strive to reach them. You’ll be amazed at what you can do!”
Dr. Abhner Wang
Dr. Wang was born in the Philippine Islands and immigrated to the United States at a young age. He spent his middle school and high school years in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Wang holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Florida and graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. Upon graduation from optometry school, he accepted a commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps.
"It was a very exciting time in my life. I learned so much from my team and am so thankful for that experience."
During his tenure in the United States Navy, Dr. Wang served as a staff optometrist at the Branch Medical Clinic at Naval Air Station, Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia where he had the opportunity to become familiar with the unique visual demands in aviation. In addition, he also worked as a staff optometrist at the Refractive Surgery Center at Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth where he was an integral part of a team of providers that ensured the pre-operative and post-operative success of hundreds of refractive surgical cases in the Navy. Dr. Wang also had the privilege of serving his country while deployed in Kuwait as the only military eyecare provider in the whole Kuwaiti theater of operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom II.
Following his tenure at the Branch Medical Clinic at NAS Oceana, Dr. Wang resigned his commission and joined the team of doctors at Coastal Vision. With licenses to practice optometry in the Commonwealth of Virginia and the state of Florida, Dr. Wang provides comprehensive eyecare with special interests in ocular disease, glaucoma, sports vision, and aviation vision.
Dr. Wang, his wife and two sons live in Virginia Beach and actively help out with their church youth ministry. He enjoys spending time outdoors playing tennis, basketball, swimming, hiking and camping.
Dr. Arieneh Tahmasian
Dr. Tahmasian was born in an Armenian family in Tehran, Iran, and migrated to United States in 2000. She lived in Burbank, California for 13 years and obtained her Bachelors of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at California State University of Northridge (CSUN). She was involved in the Optometry club on campus and gave presentations about vision and learning to the schools in her community and was involved in vision screening with local doctors for kids. In the summer of 2013 she made her move across the country to attend Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO). She had the opportunity to go to Haiti for a vision mission trip with a group of her classmates during optometry school She graduated in May 2017 with her Doctorate of Optometry.She then began her residency at The Eye Institute, Magee Rehabilitation Center, and Saint Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia specializing in Pediatric Optometry, Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury, and Vision Therapy, which she completed in July of 2018. She presented in different Optometric meetings and held continuing educational talks at the clinic during her residency. She is eager to provide optometric care to all ages specifically the pediatric community.
“More than 50% of our brain is involved in the intricate pathways involving sight, eye movements and visual information processing. Every day we use this sense with incredible precision. One glitch in the road can offset the multitudes of pathways and make our daily tasks quiet challenging. Whether it’s driving, working, or going to school we use our eyes to collect information from our surrounding. Not only is it important to have a thorough eye exam yearly for adults, but also for children. Many kids struggle in school due to an underlying ocular issue. My training and passion is to provide thorough eye exams and appropriate treatment modalities include vision rehabilitation for not only the pediatric population, but also the brain injury population whose world has just turned upside down.”
Dr.T and her husband met playing volleyball in school and may continue to play in the future. She used to be a gymnastic coach and a Zumba instructor in California and might try to get involved in a local gym in the future. She loves to run & the beach “you can take a girl out of California, but you can’t take California out of a girl”
Dr.T loves to learn different languages. Next on her list is to learn Sign Language. “Being Multi-lingual is a tool, not only in life, but is very useful in a medical setting. I love being able to communicate with different culture. I can’t wait to have time to continue traveling to different countries occasionally and learning their culture and language. Our world is vastly rich in culture and diversity, there is much to explore.”
Dr. Rebecca Zaydel
Dr. Zaydel grew up in Mount Airy, Maryland, about 40 miles west of Baltimore. She attended undergraduate at Virginia Tech, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a concentration in microbiology. It was during this time that Dr. Zaydel developed an interest in entering into the health field. After Virginia Tech, she attended optometry school at Pennsylvania College of Optometry. At PCO, she served as President of the Maryland Optometric Student Association and tutored several courses. Shortly after graduating optometry school, Dr. Zaydel moved to the Virginia Beach area to begin her career.
Her rotations throughout school exposed her to a variety of ocular diseases including macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy. This helped to spark Dr. Zaydel’s interest in the management of ocular disease as well as improving one’s vision through contact lenses and glasses.
“The eye is the only organ where you can see blood vessels without cutting into the body! Many diseases can manifest in the back of the eye including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or other systemic diseases. Even if you haven’t been diagnosed with any of these conditions, a dilated eye exam is important because a disease may show changes in the back of the eye before you notice any systemic symptoms. So by looking at the back of the eyes, you can get a pretty good idea of someone’s overall physical health!”
Dr. Zaydel met her fiance during her undergraduate years at Virginia Tech. In their free time, they enjoy spending time outdoors, attending concerts, running, and discovering local restaurants and breweries. They also like to travel down to Blacksburg, VA a few times during football season. Go Hokies!