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, Study Coordinator

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.

Samuel Jacobs, COT

Samuel Jacobs, COT

Certified 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.

Casey Cornelius

Casey Cornelius

Ophthalmic Technician

Casey was born in Queens, New York and has lived most of her life in Tampa, Florida. She is New to the medical field just graduating from Concorde Career institute in June 2021. She is family oriented and spends most of her free time at the beach or poolside with her 2 boys who are her whole world.

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.

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.

Audrey Brown

Audrey Brown

Surgical Coordinator

Audrey is a Long Island native and moved to Florida in 2020. She accepted a position with Bay Area Eye Institute in 2022 and has over 15 years’ experience as a Surgical Coordinator in Ophthalmology.

As a Surgical Coordinator, she likes meeting people and enjoys every opportunity to help provide a smooth process in scheduling surgeries.

She is married with 3 children and 3 Maltese. Her favorite activities are hanging out with her pups, hiking, gardening, and reading, crafting, and kayaking.

Natalie Cichey

Natalie Cichey

Ophthalmic Technician

Natalie joined Bay Area Eye Institute May of 2023 as an ophthalmic technician. She started in the medical field working in optometry as a front desk receptionist/optometric technician.

Since then, Natalie has worked for a retina specialist as a doctor’s scribe/technician assisting with in-office procedures.

Following her experience in retina, Natalie has worked in various extended-care nursing facilities throughout the state of Florida, where she assisted in the performance of bedside eye exams as well as cataract evaluations along side her doctor.

She brings more than three years of experience in the medical field with her and plans to stay in the field as her career.

She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida although enjoys visiting her family in Belmar and Asbury Park, New Jersey where her parents grew up. Natalie loves to travel and paint in her free-time.