Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Christen Allaman, M.D.


Cataract Surgery, Lens Based Refractive Surgery for Myopia, Hyperopia and Presbyopia, Glaucoma, Diabetes and General Ophthalmology.

_MG_9127 Dr. Christen Allaman, a Board Certified Ophthalmologist, completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego. After receiving his Medical Degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, he served a first-year residency in internal medicine at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. Realizing his talents and international interests would be best served in the field of ophthalmology; he completed a residency at the Eye and Ear Institute, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. In 1996 he joined Keith McKenzie, M.D., in private practice at Eye Care Medical Group, Santa Cruz, California, and in 1998 became the corporation’s president.

Dr. Christen Allaman is President and Medical Director of Cypress Outpatient Surgical Center ensuring that only state-of-the-art, compassionate care extends throughout his office and the operating theatre.

He has also performed volunteer cataract surgery and diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in Bolivia, Fiji, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. When he is not taking care of patients, Doctor Allaman enjoys sports, particularly skiing and surfing. He also enjoys adventure travels with his family.

Dr. Allaman specializes in:

  • State-of-the-art (small incision, sutureless) cataract and phacorefractive surgery with presbyopia-correcting intraocular lens (IOL) implants.
  • Medical laser treatments.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of the glaucomas, including the newest treatment options available.
  • Dry eye care.
  • Macular degeneration management.
  • Second opinions.
  • Preventive comprehensive eye care.
Professional Accomplishments:
  • 1994 Implanted first Intraocular Lens (IOL) Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute
  • 1998 Implanted first Multifocal Lens First in Monterey Bay Area
  • 2005 Implanted first REZOOM Lens First in Monterey Bay Area
  • 2007 Implanted first RESTOR Lens
  • 2007 Implanted first TORIC Lens
  • 2008 Implanted first CRYSTALENS
  • 2009 Center of Excellence Award by Bausch and Lomb
  • 2009 Implanted first TECHNIS MF First Surgeon on Central Coast
  • 2014 First to perform microinvasive glaucoma surgery with the Istent along the central coast
  • 2014 Began to perform pterygium surgery with no stitches using biologic glue and amniotic membrane graft
  • 2015 New generation of low add multifocal presbyopic correcting intraocular lenses
  • 2017 First to implant the new extended depth of focus presbyopic correcting and astigmatism correcting Symfony lens along the central coast

Dr. Melody Flores, O.D.

Dr. Melody Flores, a Board Certified Optometrist, grew up in Northern California where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis. She then worked as a certified optician and contact lens fitter for four years in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara before deciding to take her career in eye care further. She obtained her optometry degree from Southern California College of Optometry (now known as Michael B. Ketchum University) in Fullerton, CA and went on to work in pediatric eye care before deciding to expand her patient base and join Eye Care Medical Group.

When she is not taking care of patients, Doctor Flores enjoys reading, joining local biking/running events, and traveling with family and friends. She is also a military spouse and mother of two boys.

Dr. Flores Specializes in:

  • Pre-op and post-op care for Dr. Allaman’s surgeries/procedures
  • Emergent care with access to specialists as needed
  • Annual eye exams with an emphasis in ocular disease
  • Routine vision care and contact lens evaluations/fits


Dr. Nivedita Chandrasekharan, O.D., FAAO

Dr. Chandrasekharan completed her undergraduate studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology at the top of her class with degrees in Biology and Psychology, then graduated the Illinois College of Optometry with honors in 2012. She completed her residency in ocular disease at Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates, and subsequently became a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been in practice for over eight years, and is passionate about managing ocular vision and pathology among patients of all ages. Dr. Chandrasekharan is happy to be back home in California with our team, and looks forward to a long and rewarding journey working with Allaman Eye Care & Associates.



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      1665 Dominican Way Suite 122
      Santa Cruz, CA 95065 MAP

      Tel: 831-476-1298
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