I was born in Las Cruces New Mexico and, except for my time away at school, have been a lifelong resident. My wife, Janet and I have two daughters – Kristen and Kiana. I am the youngest of seven children born to Dr. Raymond Paz and Mrs. Carrie Paz. I love parenting and enjoy golfing and fishing. I have been an active member of the Branigan Cultural Center Foundation, the A.H.E.A.D. Scholarship Fund, and the La Entrada Committee of the Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Cruces.
I proudly took over my father’s optometric practice in 1988. Over the years I have been fortunate to expand the practice with the help of numerous key people and the Las Cruces community. Our staff presently consists of over fifteen employees and we plan to continue growing to keep up with the needs of Las Cruces. I enjoy my profession and have had the pleasure of serving on the New Mexico Board of Optometry for seven years and various board positions the New Mexico Optometric Association.
We always welcome new patients and I hope to continue providing care to our community for years to come. Please feel free to call on me for your eyecare needs. I invite you to visit the rest of our website and keep up with the latest innovations here at Looks.
University of California, Berkeley, 1986 School of Optometry Doctor of Optometry
Northeastern State University, 1995 College of Optometry Certification to prescribe or administer oral pharmaceutical agents in the treatment and management of ocular disease
Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1987 Certification to prescribe or administer topical ocular therapeutic agents
University of California, Berkeley, 1984 B.S., Physiological Optics
New Mexico State University, 1980-1982 Pre-Optometry curriculum
LETTERMAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER Presidio of San Francisco, CA
LAGUNA HONDA HOSPITAL San Francisco, CA
TOULUMNE INDIAN RESERVATION Toulumne, CA
NEW MEXICO BOARD OF OPTOMETRY Board Member, 2003 to Present
NEW MEXICO OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION Board Member, 1998 – 2001
AMERICAN OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION 1987 to Present
NEW MEXICO OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATION 1987 to Present
I grew up in Vaughn, NM in a family with nine children. I attended College of Santa Fe, graduating with a B.A. degree in Education. I obtained my doctor of optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago in 1998. I became part of the Looks team upon graduation. I am a member of the American Optometric Association and the New Mexico Optometric Association. I received the Optometrist in Action award in 2008 by the NMOA. Since 2002 I’ve been a volunteer coordinator of the Healthy Eyes program in Southern NM. This program provides eye exams, eye wear and sports goggles for the Special Olympics athletes every November in Las Cruces. In conjunction with the Lions Club International, Essilor and our wonderfull staff at Looks we have helped hundreds of Athletes throughout the years. I enjoy spending time with my wife Lorie and children Lawrence, Adrianna and Zia. Hobbies include drawing, painting and reading.
Dr. Thomas Kunz
I grew up in southeastern Idaho in the town of Rexburg; the third of four children. I received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Idaho State University in 2007 before pursuing my degree as an optometrist. I attended optometry school at the Illinois College of Optometry, graduating magna cum laude in 2011 and received certification in both diagnostic and therapeutic medical eye care. During my time in optometry school I received the ACUVUE Eye Health Advisor Citizenship Award/Scholarship and was inducted into the Tomb and Key Honor Society.
During my education at the Illinois College of Optometry and externship sites I was privileged to work in several distinguished medical eye care practices in the Chicago land area including: Advocate Medical Center, Illinois Eye Institute, Sidney Hillman VA Eye Clinic, and Chicago Cornea Consultants. During this training I gained extensive experience in the treatment of glaucoma, diabetic eye disease, keratoconus, dry eye, eye allergies, and many other eye conditions. While serving with the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus, I performed hundreds of glaucoma screenings for underprivileged individuals. I enjoy working with patients of all ages, infants to adults, in meeting their eye care needs. I am very excited to be a member of the Looks team and look forward to providing quality eye care in Las Cruces and surrounding areas.
I love spending time with my wife Jessica and daughter Vivian and enjoy the outdoors, golfing, fly- fishing, and following my favorite sports teams.
Dr. Spencer Franz
In addition to participating in Spanish speaking clinics, I enrolled in elective clinic courses specifically for Diabetic retinopathy within the Hispanic population and well as an Ocular Disease clinic catering to patients suffering from Glaucoma. I completed externships at several well know and highly regarded eye care clinics including the Illinois Eye Institute, Chicago Glaucoma Consultants, Sidney Hillman VA Eye Clinic, and the Chicago Cornea Consultants. During my training, I encountered a wide variety of retinal diseases, both hereditary and degenerative. I also worked with some of the leading doctors in the field of corneal diseases and glaucoma; I gained priceless knowledge pertaining to the diagnosis and management of these diseases. Likewise, I received extensive training within the pediatric population at the Illinois Eye Institute. We worked with children of all ages and focused on pediatric diseases and ocular rehabilitation. I am a member of the New Mexico Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association. I am grateful for the education and training I have received and look forward to adding to the great quality of care provided by the Looks team.
I enjoy traveling with my wife, spending time with family and friends and any outdoor activity, especially those involving mountains.