John Pearson, OD
He grew up in Cottonwood, AZ near the Verde River. When eighteen, he moved to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona. He graduated in 1995 with his bachelor of science in business administration degree magna cum laude. He continued on to Southern California College of Optometry. He graduated with his Doctor of Optometry with honors and distinction. He started working in this office three months after his graduation in 1999.
Dr. Pearson enjoys working with patients that appreciate eyewear and the optical precision that today’s lens technologies can achieve. For those that prefer not to wear eyewear, he has managed the care of many patients from their desire for information about eye surgery all the way to 12 years after the procedure (LASIK, Implantable contact lenses, RK, Clear Lens Replacement). He has also fit thousands of patients with contact lenses, including rigid gas permeable lenses. Patients that suffer from allergies, dry eyes, conjunctivitis, and diabetes enjoy working with Dr. Pearson because of his stepwise, realistic approach to care. He prides himself on his detail orientation. He always communicates his exam findings with a diabetic patient’s physician. His personality and genuine concern keep his patients coming back year after year.
In his free time, Dr. Pearson loves tending to his indoor and outdoor gardens. He collects fiestaware and work by Charles Hollis Jones. He loves art and enjoys working with patients who create and appreciate it. He enjoys traveling and experiencing new things.
Brianna Ryff, OD, FAAO
Dr. Brianna Ryff is a native to Arizona and is excited to be back in the valley! She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Kinesiology and Biochemistry. Dr. Ryff received her O.D. degree with honors at the Southern California College of Optometry. She completed her residency training at NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry in Cornea and Contact Lens with a secondary emphasis in ocular disease, anterior laser, and optometric surgical procedures. Dr. Ryff joined Desert Eye in 2015 and also teaches at the Midwestern University Eye Institute in Glendale, AZ. She enjoys sharing her passion for contact lenses and primary eye care with eager optometry students.
Patients love working with Dr. Ryff because of her attentive, positive attitude. Although Dr. Ryff fits both glasses and contacts, she particularly enjoys working with specialty contacts for individuals who have high prescriptions, astigmatism, Keratoconus, Pellucid Marginal Degeneration, or eye injuries resulting in light sensitivity. She is very experienced fitting custom soft, prosthetic, bifocal, hybrid, Gas Permeable, and scleral contact lenses. Some of Dr. Ryff’s favorite moments have been fitting patients with contacts and having them see as if for the first time! People who are active or have a young child who already wears glasses often ask Dr. Ryff about Orthokeratology or myopia control.
Dr. Ryff and her husband enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and playing basketball. On the weekends, they like to hike and mountain bike throughout the beautiful Arizona landscape. Due to many food allergies, Dr. Ryff and her family work together to create new gluten-free, allergy-friendly cuisines.
Trina Cheng, OD, FAAO
Dr. Cheng has practiced optometry at Desert Eye since 2006. She is originally from Northern California. She attended UC Berkeley for college and the Southern California College of Optometry for optometry school.
She obtained her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry in 2008. Although she works with patients of all ages, her specialty is pediatric vision and vision therapy. She participates in the InfantSee program. Under this program, Dr. Cheng provides complimentary full vision and eye health exams to those age 6 – 12 months. Kids and parents love working with her because of her genuine concern for the long term well being of their eyes in all of their functions.
Patients enjoy working with Dr. Cheng because she has a great personality and lots of patient experience. She works with many patients experiencing vision and comfort problems when working at their computer.
She helps them understand the importance of eye hygiene, including taking lots of rest breaks to optimize their comfort while using their computer. Dr. Cheng is married with two smart, adorable young children. She enjoys exploring Arizona with her family, hosting her family from California, reading, word puzzles, and trying new restaurants
Nicholas Cutunilli, OD
Dr. Cutunilli was born and raised in Northern Nevada, just down the mountain from Lake Tahoe. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Nevada with a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Cutunilli was awarded his Doctorate of Optometry from the Arizona College of Optometry at Midwestern University in 2018.
During Optometry school, Dr. Cutunilli was selected to join the Beta Sigma Kappa Academic Honors Fraternity. He also was elected President of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society and President of Lions Club. He completed internships in Pediatrics, Vision Therapy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Specialty Contact lenses, Orthokeratology and Ocular Disease. Upon graduation, Dr. Cutunilli was awarded Clinical Excellence in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy.
Dr. Cutunilli has a strong passion for Pediatrics, Scleral and Gas Permeable Contact Lenses, Double Vision, Vision Therapy and Family Eye Care. He participates in the InfantSEE program providing complimentary vision care to Infants age 6-12months old. Patients love Dr. Cutunilli’s outgoing and down-to-earth approach to vision care as well as his ability to explain complex concepts.
Dr. Cutunilli and his wife love to travel, try new restaurants, go to concerts, and beef up their dogs’ (Zephyr and Cypress) Instagram. He would describe himself as an avid sports fan, average musician, and mediocre distance runner.