• 4000 Civic Center Dr.
  • Suite 200A
  • San Rafael, CA, 94903

About Our Practice

Eye Institute of Marin is pleased to offer a wide range of ophthalmic services. Our staff is happy to help however we can.

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 friendly office staff is knowledgeable about billing and benefits coverage.

Learn more about our team here!

Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, M.D.

Kathryn Najafi-Tagol, M.D.

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Experience

  • Founder and Medical Director of Eye Institute of Marin since 2004
  • Director of Glaucoma Service
  • Solano Regional Medical Foundation, Solano County, CA 2000-2004

Internship

  • Internal Medicine Internship, Stamford Hospital, Stamford, Connecticut, 1996.

Residency

  • Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, 1999.

FELLOWSHIP in GLAUCOMA

  • University of Southern California, Doheny Eye Institute, 2000.

Eye Care – Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologists are Doctors of Medicine who are clinically and surgically trained to diagnose and treat all types of eye disorders. They are the only eye care professionals certified to perform surgery on the eye. Ophthalmologists have graduated from medical school, first earning their Medical Doctorate (M.D.), and then continuing their medical education with specialized training in Ophthalmology (surgery and treatment of diseases of the eyes). Finally, some continue on to additional training (Fellowship) in a specific area of eye care, such as Glaucoma.

Professional Profile
“I fell in love with ophthalmology during my medical school rotation in this specialty,” says Dr. Najafi. “I find it very rewarding to help people by improving their vision.”

Dr. Najafi is a specialist in geriatric vision care, which includes treating cataracts and glaucoma. She completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Doheny Eye Institute and is an expert at managing glaucoma through medications and/or surgical techniques. She also treats children with glaucoma and cataracts.

“I was inspired to specialize in glaucoma surgery by a 90-year-old patient who was blind from glaucoma. ‘Dr. Najafi,’ she said, ‘if you had been my doctor 10 years ago, I wouldn’t be blind.’ This made me realize how many people with glaucoma are unaware of their condition. Had they been screened and received early treatment, their vision could have been saved.”

“I believe in offering the best quality care possible to my patients,” Dr. Najafi says. “This starts by being a good listener. You can identify many problems just by listening to your patients’ description of their problems.”

Dr. Najafi-Tagol is a strong believer in patient education. “I want each patient to thoroughly understand his or her condition and I encourage questions,” she says. “I also stress the importance of regular vision check-ups and screenings for eye diseases.”

Melissa Tawa, O.D.

Melissa Tawa, O.D.

Melissa Tawa, O.D. completed her undergraduate education at the University of California Los Angeles with a B.S. in Biology. She then completed her Doctorate of Optometry degree at the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry and a residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During residency, she honed her skills in managing various diseases of the eyes and co-managing systemic disease with subspecialty physicians. Her residency also included training in specialty contact lenses and low vision examinations for those with visual impairment.

She has been invited to lecture at local society meetings, including the San Francisco Optometric Society and Alameda Contra Costa Optometric Society, and the U.C. Berkeley School of Optometry.

Her passions include teaching, advancing optometric education, and providing eyecare to underserved populations.

Carol Ann Ling, M.D.

Carol Ann Ling, M.D.

Dr. Carol Ann Ling is a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

She received her medical degree from Dartmouth/Brown University Integrated Medical Program. Originally training in General Surgery, Dr. Ling switched to Ophthalmology after an Ophthalmology research fellowship at the University of California at Irvine. She completed her ophthalmology residency with the Summa Health System at Akron City Hospital in Ohio. Her retinal fellowship was completed at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary with the Retinal Specialists of Boston, Harvard Medical School. In addition, Dr. Ling is trained and certified in Laser Refractive surgery, cosmetic injectibles and pharmaceutical injections for the treatment of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.

Dr. Ling enjoys working with her medical colleagues in providing medical care with a team approach, so that her patients’ concerns, comfort and care is addressed to patients’ satisfaction.

Outside of clinic, Dr. Ling enjoys riding her racing and cruiser motorcycles, RVing with her 4 dogs, exploring ethnic foods and volunteering in animal rescue.