Dr. Harrison Van der Linde was born and raised in San Diego. He received his Bachelor of Science from UC Davis in 2013 and majored in neurobiology, physiology, and behavior. Driven by an interest in health care, he joined the UC Davis Global Medical Brigades team, which traveled to Honduras following graduation to provide medical care to underserved rural communities.
Dr. Van pursued a career in optometry inspired by a bond created with his own optometrist that began when he got his first pair of glasses at 8 years old. Twenty years later, he received his Doctorate of Optometry from UC Berkeley in 2019. During his final year of optometry school, he completed a 6 month externship at Miami VA, where he gained experience and developed a passion for managing diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and other ocular diseases. He is a therapeutic and glaucoma certified optometrist and his other interests include pediatrics and keratoconus.
A competitive swimmer since age 6, Dr. Van went on to swim at Davis in addition to joining the school’s triathlon team. Growing up the son of a 3rd grade teacher, Dr. Van has always loved children, and has spent many summers as a youth competitive swim coach and many school breaks helping out in his mom’s classroom. He is a big sports fan and also enjoys playing guitar when he’s not writing glasses prescriptions.