EXECUTIVE TEAM BIOS
Tom Tooma, MD, Founder
A pioneer in the world of LASIK surgery, Dr. Tooma was a principal investigator in the field of laser vision correction in 1993 and 1994. He helped several excimer laser manufacturers obtain FDA approvals for their lasers in the United States.
He holds the record for many firsts. He was the first doctor in California to perform LASIK surgery and was the first to perform Custom Wavefront Guided LASIK. He was also the first to use the FemtoSecond Laser (IntraLase FS30 – All Laser LASIK), which is safer and more precise than a traditional blade and also increases the patient’s chances of achieving 20/20 or better vision. He was the first in California to use the Ziemer FEMTO LDV™ Crystal Line laser, currently the most advanced laser available for LASIK surgery.
In 1999, Dr. Tooma partnered with TLC Laser Eye Centers. In 2010, Dr. Tooma was TLC’s largest franchisee with 10 locations in California. At that time he separated from TLC and rebranded under the name NVISION Laser Eye Centers. This separation has enabled Dr. Tooma to develop new product lines and expand into new geographic markets.
NVISION now provides LASIK, but is the first eye center in California to perform cataract surgery with the LenSx Laser, bringing increase safety and accuracy to the procedure. NVISION also offers laser treatment for dry-eyes, and Glaucoma surgery. Dr. Tooma has developed relationships with more than1,700 eye doctors in California and Nevada who choose NVISION for themselves and for their patients who need surgery.
Dr. Tooma received his M.D. from Loma Linda University School of Medicine, where he also completed his internship in internal medicine and residency in ophthalmology. He completed his fellowship in Corneal Surgery and External Disease at the Emory University Department of Ophthalmology in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been board certified in ophthalmology for more than 25 years.
Dr. Tooma has done medical teaching missions to Romania, Bulgaria, China and Fiji, helping teach local ophthalmology doctors about LASIK procedures. In 2008, he and his wife, Maria Tooma DDS, founded the Mission at Natuvu Creek in Fiji. The Mission provides medical care to the 250,000 local people, with dental and ocular care provided by visiting physicians, including the Toomas.
James Pereyra, President
As President of NVISION, Pereyra leads all aspects of the organization. Previously, he served as Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for NVISION. Prior to joining NVISION, Pereyra was head of the Personal Care division at Solta Medical, a global leader in the aesthetic medical device industry. While at Solta Medical, he spearheaded the company’s entry into the personal care market by establishing strategic partnerships with leading retailers and global consumer product companies.
He received his MBA from the University of Southern California, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Mimi Somerman, Vice President, Marketing
Prior to joining NVISION Laser Eye Centers, Somerman was Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board where she led marketing initiatives that drove an incremental 500,000 visitors to Los Angeles who spent an incremental $200 million.
She has also held roles as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Johnny Rockets, Del Taco and Mimi’s Café. Early in her career, Somerman progressed from marketing management and field marketing positions to General Manager during her 12-year tenure at PepsiCo.
Somerman has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, Magna Cum Laude from Cal State Dominquez Hills, and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Business.
Catharine Giles, Vice President of Affiliate Relations
As vice president of Affiliate Relations and Call Center for NVISION, Giles is responsible for galvanizing NVISION’s sales team and creating a sense of excitement in the ranks. In addition, she also has the responsibility of managing the Call Center which supports NVISION’s affiliate optometrists and patients.
Giles has over 13 years of consultative medical sales management experience. Prior to joining NVISION, she was with Addus Healthcare, a national provider of post-acute care services, where she served as Interim Senior Vice President, managing both sales and operations. In her role, she managed a one hundred million dollar business with 48 sales managers in 19 states while concurrently managing the operations function.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Biology and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology from UC Irvine.
Laura Sullivan, Vice President of Operations
Sullivan joined NVISION’s executive team in 2012, and oversees operations for all 17 Center locations throughout California and Nevada. She has significant experience in integrating acquired locations via training, work flow, rebranding and on-boarding of new surgeons and clinical staff.
Prior to joining NVISION, Sullivan was head of operations for Bosley, a hair replacement company with 23 surgical centers.
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UC Berkeley and her law degree from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
Paul Craig, Chief Financial Officer
Prior to joining NVISION, Craig was Chief Budget & Planning Officer of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, located in South-Central Los Angeles.
Craig has more than 30 years of financial and operational leadership experience, as a CPA and as CFO of medical services management, marketing, insurance/financial services, and technology companies.
He has developed young entrepreneurial companies and improved mature organizations by introducing financial and operating discipline or infrastructure during periods of rapid growth or change, working closely with operating management as a fiscal partner. His expertise includes financial procedures and controls, capital raising and performance reporting.
Craig has a Bachelor of Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Accounting from Loyola Marymount University, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).