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Meet the Team

urban optics staff

About Urban Optics

Urban Optics is the brainchild of Optometrist Dr. Dave Schultz and his wife Laurie. They opened up shop almost 30 years ago, and haven’t looked back since. Located in picturesque downtown San Luis Obispo, Urban Optics looks more like a gallery than an optometric office. The storefront displays an exclusive selection of unique eyewear, and the custom interior has won architectural awards and appeared in national publications. Home to frame collections such as SALT, L.A. Eyeworks, BEVEL, Barton Perreira, Garrett Leight and more, Urban Optics is where vision and style collide.

Our Team

Our team is here to serve you, and send you off in style. Step into Urban Optics and see the difference. The staff of eyewear experts will you give you their full and undivided attention while selecting the perfect frame for you and your prescription. We encourage you to make a fashion statement with your eyewear.

The Doc: Dave Schultz

Known to most as Dr. Dave, he has dedicated his optometric practice to exclusive eyewear and contact lenses for more than 30 years. In his career, he has been named Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association, and has served as a contact lens clinical investigator. He has also served as president of the Sacramento Valley Optometric Society and has received national recognition as Optometrist of the Year by Eyecare Business Magazine. Read more… 

Hanna - Manager

Favorite thing about Urban Optics: The fact that we're all a family and it never feels like "work". Educating people on the importance and awesomeness of independent, unique eyewear.

Inspirations: The passionate people in our community and in our industry supporting local.

Playtime: Camping, traveling, beach walks with my wonderful hubby and puppy.

Music: A little bit of everything, depends on what mood I'm in. Band of Horses, Bill Withers, Dion, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel...

Movies/TV: Law & Order, Weeds, Love Actually, Dirty Dancing, Wheel of Fortune!

Susan - Optician

Favorite thing about Urban Optics: The joy of working alongside my daughter and friends. We are more than a team, we're family! Doc's sense of humor, patience and kindness towards all.

Inspiration: Hope, love and faith! 

Playtime: Gardening, reading biographies, historical novels and enjoying my beautiful granddaughters

Music: From rock to classical, I've always enjoyed a wide range of music. Symphony, Choral, Hymns, and Country Gospel are my fav! 

Movies/TV: Jane Austen classics, Little Women, Miss Potter, The Young Victoria, Mrs. Brown, Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie and Masterpiece Theatre

Andrea – Optician

Favorite thing about Urban Optics: Working with Doc, Susan (my mom), Hanna and Kyla. We all have fun together and love what we do and have the best patients. 

Inspirations: People who don't take themselves too seriously, are encouraging and positive. My husband is always positive, which I love! 

Playtime: San Francisco Giants games, the beach, going out to eat, hanging out with friends and of course my husband and our two daughters.

Music: Arcade Fire, Bjork, The Replacements, Blonde Redhead, Neko Case, The Pixies

Movies/TV: Pride & Prejudice, Almost Famous, Royal Tenenbaums, This is Us, Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, music documentaries like Sonic Highway.

Kyla – Optician

Favorite thing about Urban Optics: Our amazing customers who appreciate unique eyewear. The casual vibe and mixing fashion with function.

Inspirations: Nature. People who love what they do.

Playtime: Hiking, drinking wine, running, pretending to be a florist

Music: Lumineers, Tori Amos, The XX, Deathcab for Cutie, Bon Iver

Movies/TV: You've Got Mail, any movie based on Jane Austen's books, This is Us, Downton Abbey


Mattea- Eyewear Expert

Favorite Thing About Urban Optics: The great group of people I get to work with, all of the fun, funky eyewear and helping people find a pair of glasses they love.

Inspirations: Music, Nature and my Family.

Playtime: "Friends, eat and sleep." - Mattea

Music: Lumineers, Kings of Leon, Lord Huron

Movies/TV: Hunt for the Wilder People, Dirty Dancing, anything John Hughes!