Dr. Bales revived his undergraduate B.S. in Optometry in 1973 and OD in 1975 from UC Berkley. He practiced in Santa Barbara before taking over his current practice in 1988 in Solvang. He is a current member of the American Optometric Association, California OA and Tri County OA, and also a member of the Vision Source, an international group of Optometrists who share common goals fo professional practice.
Dr Bales is locally involved with the Solvang Breakfast Rotary as well as being a board member of Elverhoj Museum. He is a supporter of the People Helping People program, helping local Valley residents achieve self sufficiency through various resources. In his spare time he likes traveling, hiking and biking.