I completed my Bachelor of Science (Biology) in 1991 from McMaster University and my Doctor of Optometry Degree from The New England College of Optometry, Boston, US in 1995. I am certified to practice optometry in Ontario and British Columbia and also have my certification in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease and all three board examinations required for practice in the US.
I received extensive clinical training from my US experience which included eye examinations for the Boston Homeless Shelter, South Boston Community Centre, Dorchester House Health Centre, and the VA Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The extended mode of practice in the US allowed me to have experience in treatment and management of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and anterior segment disorders. I was also privileged to participate in a VOSH mission to Mexico where thousands of people received eye care and glasses.
I was quite myopic (nearsighted) at a young age and have had many experiences with glasses and contact lenses. This personal experience with eyewear modalities truly helped me to understand all the discomforts that can be associated with glasses and contact lenses. For this reason I have a special interest in contact lenses especially difficult toric and bifocal contact lens fits. I also have a personal experience with laser vision correction, having had laser surgery done through TLC 12 years ago.
I find vision to be extremely important, not only for everyday office work but also for my hobbies. I enjoy playing tennis and golf and have had success as a marathon runner (completed 11 marathons including Boston) …ask me how dry my eyes were after all of that??? I enjoy hearing about my patients’ hobbies and how they use their eyes for these and the challenges that eyewear creates for some of these unique working distances.
I enjoy education and continue to upgrade and be involved with different aspects of optometry. I am on several advisory committees for contact lenses and laser vision companies. I provide education resources to local schools including lectures and reading programs. I love living in Burlington and being part of the community. It is a privilege to be a health care provider in this area.