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. Alice Shen, M.D.


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

Dr. Alice Shen , a board-certified ophthalmologist, graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a Clinical Neuroscience Training Program certificate. She was happy to return home to California to complete her ophthalmology residency at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California/Roski Eye Institute and her fellowship in cornea and external disease at Stanford University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, baking, traveling, skiing, and growing as many plants as her home can hold.





Dr. ted A. Bailey, O.D.



Dr. Ted A. Bailey graduated from Long Beach State University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and from The Southern California College of Optometry in 1977.  He spent the first 20 years of his career in Orange County moving up to Carmel, then to Santa Cruz around 1999.  Dr. Bailey worked with Stephan Plager, M.D. for 8 years until his passing, then took over the practice for the next 12 years.
For his entire career he has worked with patients having cataract surgery, Lasik, PRK and Glaucoma.  He enjoys working with all his patients to be sure they are getting the best in eye care.
Dr. Bailey and his wife, Suz, love Santa Cruz and all their friends and great restaurants in town.  He loves to bake and make cookies, pies and cakes, while his wife is a great cook and makes some wonderful dinners.  His wife, being a surfer and Dr. Bailey, being a sailor, they love to travel along East and West Cliff looking at the ocean, surfers and sailboats.  He also likes to walk every day to maintain his energy levels.





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      1665 Dominican Way Suite 122
      Santa Cruz, CA 95065 MAP

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