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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Golden Triangle Optometric Center a proud provider of vision care products and services in San Diego.


Dr. Paul Wesling, Optometrist

Dr. Wesling received his doctorate in optometry from the Southern California College of Optometry and received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri St. Louis. For the past fifteen years, he has been in private practice in the Lemon Grove area and has also worked part-time with the San Diego VA Healthcare System. He is a member in good standing with the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association and the San Diego County Optometric Society. He is also a member of the San Diego Vision Source Group and the Lemon Grove Historical Society.

Dr. Wesling met his wife, Dr. Usha Hari, while attending the Southern California College of Optometry. They have been in practice together for the past fifteen years and have two wonderful children. Besides practicing optometry, Dr. Wesling enjoys coaching his son’s soccer team, surfing and camping with his family.


goldenDr. Lori Bende, Optometrist

Dr. Lori J. Bende grew up in Southern California. She decided at the age of 12 that she wanted to become an optometrist. She has always been detail oriented and has a special concern for the welfare of people. Dr. Bende graduated with honors from the California State University at Fullerton, California receiving a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Biology. In 1995 she received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She did her clinical training at the Illinois Eye Institute, Hillman Medical Center and Illinois Masonic Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Bende is a past president of the San Diego County Optometric Society. During her presidency, the San Diego County Optometric Society was awarded the prestigious “Society of the Year” honor by the California Optometric Association. She serves as a Clinical Board Examiner for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She is a delegate for the California Optometric Association’s Congress each year and was named Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association.

Dr. Bende is very involved in community service. She is a volunteer for the California Vision Project and Vision Service Plan’s Sight for Students and is a member of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club where she serves on the Board of Directors. She has worked extensively with organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, volunteering her time to perform eye exams both locally and internationally.

Community Public Speaking Engagements:

  • Topic: Women’s Eye Health Issues
    Zeta Tau Alpha Alumni Association

Topic: Visual Perception

  • Maric College of Medical Careers

Published Papers and Articles:

  • California Optometry Journal: Society Project of the Year
  • Article on Safety Eye Kit Project

Contact Lens Today E mail Newsletter

  • Previous winner of contact lens fitting tip of the month

Dr. Usha Hari

Dr. Hari is a native Californian who grew up in the East San Francisco Bay Area. A first generation Indian-American kid, whose parents are from Southern India, she maintains a love for very spicy Indian food.

She attended the University of California at Davis, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiology. During her undergraduate studies, she developed a particular interest in eye-brain connections, which prompted her to pursue Optometry. She attended Southern California College of Optometry and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree (OD) in 1997. Wanting to further delve into the field of ocular disease, she completed a residency in Primary Care/Hospital-Based Optometry at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Sepulveda, CA. Her progressive move down the California coast landed her in San Diego, where she spent more time in the VA system and in refractive surgery centers.

After having two premature babies who are thankfully in good health, she was inspired to learn about nutrition as it relates to gut health and sensory integration. In her spare time, Dr. Hari likes to volunteer at her children’s school, craft, read, and spend priceless quality time with her family.


Barbara – Office Manager/Insurance Specialist

Barb is no stranger to the Vision Source network. She is a recent transplant from the Oklahoma City Vision Source office and has earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Systems from the University of Phoenix. Barb brings with her nearly a decade of experience in the optical industry and is cross trained in all areas of the office. Her work behind the scenes as the office manager for Lemon Grove Optometry has created an atmosphere of efficiency and harmony. She is enthusiastic and committed to providing our patients with compassionate care. When away from work, she loves going to the beach and exploring all that San Diego has to offer with her husband Nick and their two boys, Gabe and Niko. Barbara had her nearsightedness and astigmatism corrected with LASIK in 2007.


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