Meet the Bay Area Eye Institute Team

Gina Woods

Gina Woods

Practice Administrator

Gina Woods has been in the medical field for 17 years, and has spent more than 9 of those years specializing in ophthalmology.

She joined the Bay Area Eye Institute in October of 2009, and has been instrumental in the practice’s growth.

Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Gina thrives off of being able to provide the community with the best quality of eye care.

Lisa Oliveri, COA, ABOC

Lisa Oliveri, COA, ABOC

Certified Ophthalmic Assistant & Optical Manager

Lisa Oliveri joined the Bay Area Eye Institute in June of 2015 as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. A native of Long Island, New York, she has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of Ophthalmology and Optometry.

Lisa specializes in scleral contact lens fittings, assisting patients in finding the proper eyewear and educating patients on eye care.

In her spare time she volunteers her time and services to several non-profit organizations. These include the Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps, Great Shapes! Inc. and the Professional Opticians of Florida, where she provides CE courses for scleral contact lenses.

She is happily married, with three children who reside in New York.

Chad French, COT

Chad French, COT

Ophthalmic Technician

Chad and his family, originally from North Carolina, moved to Tampa in April 2018. He accepted a position with Bay Area Eye Institute the following month.

Chad gained an interest in the field of ophthalmology when he was a service technician for an ophthalmology equipment service company. He joined Healthy Vision Institute, as a clinical technician, in 2012 where he learned ophthalmology from the retina perspective.

Transitioning from private practice to a hospital-based setting; Chad had the opportunity to work and train at the prestigious Duke University Eye Center in Durham, NC, where he obtained his Certified Ophthalmic Technician. He was cross-trained in all specialties of ophthalmology and worked there until he relocated to Florida with his wife and two sons.

In his spare time he enjoys pulling for all Duke Sports, spending time with his wife and kids, and playing the guitar.

Daquori Traina

Daquori Traina

Front Desk Receptionist

After 6 years of working as a front desk receptionist for a local optometry office, Daquori Traina joined the Bay Area Eye institute in 2018.

A Tampa native for life, she enjoys crafting, reading and spending time with her family and pets during her free time.

Giovonni Gonzalez

Giovonni Gonzalez

Surgical Coordinator

Giovonni Gonzalez was hired as a front desk attendant at the Bay Area Eye Institute in August of 2016. After mastering that position in only 2 years he was promoted to the position of surgical coordinator.

As our current Surgical Coordinator, Gio enjoys helping patients step-by-step throughout their scheduling process, to ensure their surgery goes smoothly.

A Tampa Native, Gio enjoys all things animals, and in his pastime, is an Animal Educator and breeds exotic animal species.

He is currently studying Animal Biology at the University of South Florida with plans to study veterinary medicine.

Lisandra (Lisy) Luva

Lisandra (Lisy) Luva

Front Desk Receptionist

Lisy joined the Bay Area Eye Institute team as a front desk receptionist in October of 2018.

She brings with her more than six years experience in the medical field.

She was born and raised in the Bay Area and enjoys spending quality time with her family.

Myra Fleming

Myra Fleming

Ophthalmic Technician

Myra joined the Bay Area Eye Institute in 2019 with 15 years experience as an ophthalmic technician.

In addition to working full time she is currently working on her college degree.

A single mother of 3, Myra enjoys volunteering at her church.

Samuel Jacobs

Samuel Jacobs

Ophthalmic Technician

Sam Jacobs joined Bay Area Eye Institute in 2019 with eight years experience in Ophthalmology as an Ophthalmic Technician.

He lives and spends most his time in Clearwater, FL with his wife and two dogs.

When he is not working he likes to play guitar and ride his mountain bike.