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Angela Peddle, OD, FCOVD - President

Dr. Angela Peddle received her Doctor of Optometry degress from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. While in optometry, she was accepted into the Advanced Pediatric Track where she learned to manage and treat pediatric patients with strabismus, amblyopia, oculomotor dysfunction, special needs and other learning-related vision problems.

Upon graduation, she completed a Residency in Viction Therapy and Rehabilitation from SUNY State College of Optometry. Upnon completion, she received the distinguished Dr. Martin Birnbaum Memorial Award for outstanding knowledge and skill in Behavioural Optometry.

Dr. Peddle returned to the Toronto area where she opened her current practice, Vaughn Family Vision Care, with a focus on vision therapy, neuro-rehabilitation, pediatric eye care and special needs examinations. She is an associate clinical supervisor and lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in both the Binocular Vision and Special Needs Clinics. She is a published author in many optometric journals and an international lecturer on vision rehabilitiation. Dr. Peddle is a Board Certified Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD).


Virginia Donati, OD  - Vice President

Dr. Dontai attended the University of Waterloo where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She then headed to Philidelphia where she studied at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

During her training, Dr. Donati received instruction in the latest in eye health and eye disease, refractive conditions, and children's vision. During her training, she interned at several outstanding optometric and ophthalmologic clinics. She has authored and co-authored two articles in major optometric publications, one of which earned her the Award in Clinical Ethics from the American Schools and Colleges of Opyometry. Dr. Donati has completed the Optometric Extension Program's Clinical Curriculum in Vision Therapy and is keenly interested in helping children with visual skill.


Michelle McKenzie, OD, FCOVD  - Secretary

Dr. McKenzie attended the University of Waterloo where she received her Doctor of Optometry and Bachelor of Science Degrees. Shortly after graduation she opened the Bolton Optometry Clinic.

Having a special interest in pediatrics, Dr. McKenzie studied with the Optometric Extension Program Foundation. This organization presented the latest information in binocular vision, strabismus, amblyopia, traumatic brain injury and learning difficulties. Dr. McKenzie is a member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) and the Optometric Extension Program Foundation. The Bolton Optometry Clinic has served the Bolton and surrounding community for 20 years and has recently expanded to include 1200 sq ft dedicated to In- Office Vision Therapy. On the team, there are 3 dedicated therapists including an Occupation Therapist with considerable experience in working with special populations.


Shirley Ha, OD, FCOVD - Treasurer

Dr. Shirley Ha received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science. After serving the residents of St. Catharines and its vicinity for 16 years, Dr. Ha moved to Burlington to be close to her family in 2006.

Dr. Ha believes true professionalism means giving back to the profession that has supported and helped her and she served on the Ontario Association of Optometrists Board of Directors from 1999 to 2006 and as OAO President in 2004-2005. She is also a contributing member of the Questions Committee for the Optometry Examining Board of Canada (OEBC), as well as a Clinical Skills Assessor to verify skills competencies for the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry (CACO).

 

Her interest in developmental and neuro-rehabilitative optometry, together with her passion for improving her patient’s lives took her on a path of professional development to include the completion of The Optometric Extension Program Foundation’s core clinical curriculum, the Padula Institute of Vision and Rehabilitation’s Neuro-visual processing therapy Levels 1, 2 and 3, the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association’s skills development Level 1 and 2, the Robert Sanet San Diego 5-Part Powerful Vision Therapy Seminar Series, the Cedarville Seminar Series for Optometric Vision Therapy, the Collier's Syntonics Optometry Next Generation Levels 1, 2 and many other regional and international clinical education related to vision therapy and habilitation/rehabilitation. She is committed to a lifetime of learning to increase her knowledge base.

 

Dr. Ha is a Board Certified Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and is currently pursuing fellowship with the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

 

Dr. Ha is a founding Board member of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation and hopes to increase awareness of the benefits of vision therapy and vision rehabilitation to parents, educators and allied health professionals through this non-profit organization. Her motto is to give patients of all ages the gift of functional vision beyond healthy eyes and 20/20 eyesight and afford them every opportunity to see, succeed and have a good quality of life.

 

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Patricia S. Fink, OD, FCOVD - Continuing Education Coordinator

Dr. Fink is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. She earned her BSc. in Biology from the McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She has been in private practice for over 19 years. Her passion in vision therapy led her to make in-office vision therapy a prominent part of her practice.

Dr. Fink’s vision therapy education includes all curriculum courses from the OEP as well as recently completing her FCOVD.  Dr. Fink is the first Canadian to be called to the OEP Board of Directors and is actively involved with international vision therapy education at ICBO, KISS, and CCVC.  Dr. Fink is also one of the founders of the non-profit Canadian VT study group, COVT&R.  Her main directive is to enlighten practitioners, parents and educators about the benefits of vision therapy in remediating and enhancing, as well as preventing issues stemming from the visual system.

Dr. Fink’s hobbies include long distance running, tennis, piano and flute.  She enjoys spending time with her family of two teenagers and elementary school teacher husband, from whom she gains valuable insights into vision and learning with their many different viewpoints.


France Corriveau, OD, FCOVD - Membership Representative

Dr. Corriveau received her Doctorate of Optometry from the Université de Montréal in 2008. She has always had a strong passion for binocular vision and developmental optometry and started providing vision therapy very early on in her career.  Since graduation, Dr. Corriveau has been pursuing specialized training with a number of different organizations, including: the Optometric Extension Program Foundation, the COVT&R (Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation), and the Padula Institute of Vision.  She is a Fellow at the College of Optometrist in Vision Development (COVD).


Dr. Corriveau knew from a very young age that she wanted to be an optometrist and that she wanted to help people. Her kind, attentive and patient nature, along with her fluent bilingual skills, has allowed her to serve a wide range of patients; from serving as an in-house optometrist for old age homes across Ottawa to volunteering in Ecuador to fit glasses to children in need.


For leisure, Dr. Corriveau enjoys reading, playing the piano, cycling and is currently training for her first half marathon. She lives in Ottawa and travels to Montreal often to visit with her nieces and nephew.


Paul Rollett, OD, FCOVD - Marketing Representative

Vision Therapy and neuro-visual rehabilitation have been Dr. Rollett’s optometric passion since graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2011. Suffering from convergence insufficiency throughout his schooling years, he has personally experienced the immense benefits of the services that his clinic now provides. Based in Kelowna BC, Dr. Rollett currently runs Okanagan Vision Therapy - a dedicated centre for Vision Therapy and neuro-visual rehabilitation.


As a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development and graduate of the OEPF clinical curriculum, Dr. Rollett eats, sleeps and breathes Vision Therapy. Seeing the expansion of this service in Canada is what continues to drive his purpose.


Outside of the clinic, Dr. Rollett loves spending time with his beautiful wife, pretending to be a wine connoisseur, and participating in nearly every amateur sport imaginable. He also enjoys pointing out how funny it is to write bios in the third person – we all know who’s penning these words.