DOCTORS & STAFF
Jonathan Savell, M.D.,M.P.A. | Michael Gagnon, M.D. | Dr. Swamynathan, M.D.
Gina Trentacosti, O.D. | Jimmy Yip, O.D. | Kien Ngo, O.D.
Dr. Savell graduated Magna Cum Laude from Columbia College and received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. Following his ophthalmology residency at Yale, Dr. Savell was a Clinical Fellow at The National Eye Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Health Services Administration from the University of San Francisco.
A board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Savell has been on the clinical teaching staff of the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford University since 1975. He is a Fellow and lifetime member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the California Association of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the California Medical Association, and the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association. Dr. Savell is currently the president of the East Bay Eye Society, as well as the ACCMA Councilor representing all physicians in the Tri-Valley area. He is past Vice Chief of Staff for ValleyCare Health System that includes ValleyCare Medical Center in Pleasanton and Valley Memorial Hospital in Livermore.
Dr. Savell has been in practice in the Tri-Valley since 1975. He is the founder of Valley EyeCare Center Medical Associates. He specializes in comprehensive medical eye care, refractive and cataract surgery.
Michael Gagnon, M.D.
After graduating from Saint Mary’s College of California, Dr. Gagnon received his Doctorate of Medicine from Creighton University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wake Forest University, and spent an additional year for subspecialty training in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the University of Utah, Moran Eye Center. A board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Gagnon is on the clinical teaching staff of the Department of Ophthalmology at Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a member of the California Association of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the California Medical Association, and the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association.
Specializing in cornea and refractive surgery, Dr. Gagnon has performed a wide variety of refractive procedures, including LASIK and Advanced Surface Ablation, and no injection sutureless cataract surgery. He has published many papers and has given lectures at national meetings on topics in refractive surgery as well as ocular surface reconstruction. Dr. Gagnon received the Best Paper of Session Award at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons meeting for his investigation of intraocular lens calculations after LASIK. His areas of interest also include LASIK, corneal transplants, sutureless corneal transplants (DSEK), pterygium surgery, artificial corneas, and dry eyes.
Dr. Swamynathan has been a resident of the USA since 1994. After successful completion of Transitional Year internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, she worked as a research coordinator at Stanford University department of ophthalmology. Her residency training in ophthalmology was obtained at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, where she was awarded the prestigious Merrill Grayson Leadership Award for the best outgoing resident. She has authored and co-authored papers in corneal diseases and glaucoma. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association.
Prior to joining the staff at Valley EyeCare Center Dr. Swamynathan worked several years in San Joaquin County. A comprehensive ophthalmologist, she brings with her valuable experience in treating a wide variety of eye disease.
Dr. Trentacosti received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, in biological sciences. She graduated from the Univeristy of California Berkeley School of Optometry. She completed her clinical rotations at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC, Vision American in St. Louis, MO, and Heritage Park Vision Source in Midwest City, OK.
Upon completing her doctorate in 2000, Dr. Trentacosti became an associate at Valley EyeCare Center.
Dr. Jimmy Yip received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in biochemistry. He completed his graduate degree at the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. His clinical rotations were completed at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital, Vandenburg Air Force base, Sacramento Kaiser Permanente and Sacramento Veterans Hospital.
Dr. Yip has been an associate at Valley EyeCare Center since 2008.
Dr. Kien Ngo received his undergraduate degree from University of California, Berkeley in Integrative Biology. He completed his graduate degree at the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry. His clinical rotations were completed at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tacoma, WA and Kaiser Permanente Point West Medical Center in Sacramento, CA.
Dr. Ngo has been an associate at Valley EyeCare Center since 2012.