Dr. Karen Toki has been caring for patients in Orange County for more than 20 years. Her passion is addressing the unique needs of every patient. Dr. Toki is licensed to manage and treat eye conditions such as dry eye, glaucoma and infections. She provides preoperative and postoperative care for cataracts as well as refractive eye surgeries such as LASIK and PRK.
Dr Toki graduated with her Doctor of Optometry and Bachelor of Science from Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO). She graduated cum laude from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Psychobiology.
At SCCO she received the George I. Deane Jr. O.D. Memorial Leadership Award, the Geraldine J. Sherman Memorial Scholarship Award and the Dr. Art Sugino Memorial Award. She was a featured speaker at the “Women in Science and Mathematics” conference sponsored by UCI and the Association of University women. She was recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is a member of the Asian American Optometric Society, serving one year as Publication Chairman.
Born and raised in California, she has lived in the Santa Clara, Monterey Park, and Torrance before settling in Irvine to raise her family. Dr. Toki’s husband, Brad Wakayama, is a local educator and volunteer coach. They both volunteered at their sons’ schools and athletic teams. While the boys were in elementary school Dr. Toki served as room mom, library volunteer and fundraiser coordinator. Being the Editor in Chief of her high school yearbook, was a skill set that she utilized for both the yearbooks and later the high school Media Guides for the football and basketball teams. The Toki- Wakayama family enjoyed participating in community service with the Orange Coast Optimist. Volunteering as team parent, editing the media guide, running the snack bar, and being a team photographer for Northwood High School has been a incredible experience as Dr. Toki met dedicated coaches, wonderful parents, exceptional scholars, and disciplined athletes.
Her oldest son, Kyle, is teaching math in Orange County after graduating from CSUF and completing his teaching credential from Concordia University. Her youngest son, Kevin, is completing his civil engineering degree at CSULB.
Dr. Toki enjoys hiking, visiting museums, attending musicals, reading and visiting family in Hawaii. She misses her long time walking companion, Cami, a poodle mix.