Dr. Lori J. Bende grew up in Southern California. She decided at the age of 12 that she wanted to become an optometrist. She has always been detail oriented and has a special concern for the welfare of people. Dr. Bende graduated with honors from the California State University at Fullerton, California receiving a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Biology.
In 1995 she received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She did her clinical training at the Illinois Eye Institute, Hillman Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Bende is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society. During her presidency, the San Diego County Optometric Society was awarded the prestigious “Society of the Year” honor by the California Optometric Association. She served as a Clinical Board Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association. She is an advisory board member of Gordon-Schanzlin New Vision Institute, a TLC Laser Center. She is an optometric office design consultant for Pacific 33 Architect, Inc.
Dr. Bende has lectured to the San Diego County Optometric Society on specialty fit contact lenses. She has also lectured to locally to groups at the Braille Institute, University City High School, Maric College of Medical Careers, and University Village Retirement Center.
Dr. Bende is very involved in community service. She is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club. She has worked extensively with organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, volunteering her time to perform eye exams both locally and internationally.
When Dr. Bende is not at the office, she is busy with her boy/girl twins. Dr. Bende is a Girl Scout Troop Leader. Her husband is a Cub Scout Leader. They love to travel, enjoy entertaining, meeting new people and learning new things.