Meet Our Optometrists:
Dr. Darren Thorsen, Dr. Ashley Calvert, Dr. Krista Ballard, Dr. Kyle Thompson
Dr.Darren ThorsenOptometric Physician
Dr. Thorsen is the founder and one of the Optometrists at Coastal Eye Care. He has strong ties to the area. He grew up in Warrenton, OR, and completed his undergraduate work at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. His Doctorate of Optometry was earned at the Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, OR. He started practicing in Long Beach in 1993 and over the years expanded the practice to Seaside and Astoria.
Dr. Thorsen has considerable experience in primary eye care, ocular disease management, eye care for children & teens, and specialty contact lenses fitting. Dr. Thorsen has specific expertise and interest in diseases of the eye and conditions associated with aging, such as cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Dr. Thorsen is certified in surgical co-management and referral consultation of cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, and refractive surgery.
Dr. Thorsen is an Associate Professor at Pacific University College of Optometry. He enjoys participating in the training of future optometrists. Coastal Eye Care hosts several interns a year during their final year of clinical training. Dr. Thorsen is an elected member of the Ocean Beach Hospital board of directors and serves as the board chairman.
When not working Dr. Thorsen enjoys outdoor sports and traveling with his wife, two sons, and their two dogs. He enjoys working with his hands doing, woodworking projects, and mechanical restorations.
Dr.Krista BallardOptometric Physician
Dr. Ballard was born and raised in California where she completed her undergraduate work at California State University Bakersfield. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with an emphasis in Biotechnology. She is very passionate about learning and is currently working to obtain a Masters of Education in Visual Function in Learning from Pacific University. While in optometry school, at Pacific University College of Optometry, she fell in love with Oregon and decided to make the Oregon coast her home. Dr. Ballard works in our Tillamook location. She provides comprehensive vision care, medical vision exams (including yearly diabetic exams), pediatric vision care, contact lens services (including scleral lenses, myopia control fits, and orthokeratology lenses), and urgent ocular health evaluations. Dr. Ballard is passionate about myopia control and dry eye treatment, please contact our office for more information about these specialty services. When not working, Dr. Ballard enjoys spending time outdoors along the coast or in the forest with her husband, Christian, her son, Salem, and her fur baby, Cillian.
Dr.Kyle ThompsonOptometric Physician
Dr. Thompson joined Coastal Eye Care following his graduation from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia, PA. He grew up in the small town of Estherville, Iowa before moving to the west coast to attend Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in BioHealth Science and Chemistry. Kyle enjoys providing eye care services to patients of all ages and needs, with specialized training in both pediatric and military veteran populations. He also received training with a renowned LASIK and cataract surgeon and is very knowledgeable in co-managing common eye procedures. Other areas of specialty include contact lenses and treatment of eye conditions such as dry eye, cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic eye disease. Outside the office, Dr. Thompson enjoys local food and drink with his fiancée as well as disc golf, hiking, and watching sports – especially the Kansas City Chiefs and OSU Beavers. Dr. Thompson provides care in the Astoria, Seaside, and Long Beach locations.
Dr.Ashley CalvertPhysician Optometric
Dr. Calvert joined Coastal Eye Care in July 2019 after graduating optometry school from Pacific University College of Optometry. She grew up along the Columbia River in the small town of Cathlamet, Washington.
After graduating from Wahkiakum High School she began her education at Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Vision Science and then going on to earn her Doctorate of Optometry. She currently provides comprehensive vision care, pediatric vision care, contact lens services, and ocular health checks at the Long Beach, Seaside, and Astoria offices.
Ashley enjoys exploring the Oregon coast, fishing, hiking, and spending time on the river or at the beach with her husband, who is a US Coast Guard member. She is excited to join our team of eye care professionals and is passionate about providing quality eye care to patients throughout the coastal community.