Our Team

Newport Mesa Optometry provides the highest quality, compassionate optometry to ensure you and your family are healthy and happy. Meet our caring and compassionate team committed to providing exceptional eye care for your family.


Dr. Jeffrey Safarik


Dr. Jeffrey Safarik O.D., an optometrist, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of California at Davis in 1984. He received a second Bachelor of Science in Visual Science in 1986 from the Southern California College of Optometry.

In 1988, Dr. Safarik O.D. graduated in the top one-third of his class with a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern California College of Optometry. He moved to San Diego, joining a large eye care group and was Director of Doctors for over fifty clinics that operated in California.

Two years later, he was offered a position at a Southern California vision firm, practicing eight years in the Carlsbad and La Jolla. He was chairman of the Quality Assurance committee for the group’s 15 offices. In order to practice vision care without the restraints of HMO guidelines, he joined Astorino and Associates Eye Center in Newport Beach in 1998. Dr. Safarik was Clinic Director at the eye center for six years, handling many of the day to day operations as well as patient care. His years of experience in pre-operative and post-operative care for LASIK, cataract, pterygium, oculo-plastics and other surgeries has advanced his knowledge and skills building his clinical foundation. He is therapeutically licensed and trained to treat eye conditions including allergies, infections, dry eye disease, glaucoma and Macular degeneration.

Dr. Safarik lives in Eastside Costa Mesa with his lovely wife Monica.

Dr. Ashlynne Kim


Dr. Ashlynne Kim grew up in Orange County, California. At the University of California, Irvine, she majored in Biological Sciences and minored in Psychology & Social Behavior. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree.

She completed rotations at the Veterans Affairs San Francisco Medical Center, a private practice in Colorado, community clinics, and the Veterans Affairs Central California Medical Center. There Dr. Kim furthered her education in primary eye care, ocular disease, pediatrics, and binocular vision. She served as co-class president for her optometry cohort, a Berkeley Optometry Ambassador, and a leader of the Christian Medical and Dental Association. She participated in a mission trip to Nicaragua, providing eye exams to underprivileged communities through Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity.

In her free time, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with her Golden Retriever and friends. She also enjoys weight lifting, singing, and guitar.

Monica Safarik

Director of Operations and Eyelid Hygienist


Front Office/Billing