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ABOUT

As Canadian Optometrists, we are dedicated to enhancing optometric education and public awareness of Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation to improve the lives of our patients.

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 Tract 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  - 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.

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 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 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.


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.


Jonathan Wareham, OD - Membership Representative

Dr. Jonathan Wareham, M.Sc. O.D. earned his Bachelor degree in Neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge. There he assisted in the development of a vision test for mice and rats. He continued a study of Neuroscience with a Master’s Degree from Western University: focusing his research in the area of Binocular Vision and Perception. He obtained his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He continued his education with post graduate studies from the Optometric Extension Program as he completed courses in Visual Dysfunction, Learning Related Vision Problems, Strabismus & Amblyopia Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation. Dr. Wareham has also completed course work with the College of Vision Development, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Padula Institute, and College of Syntonics.

Dr. Wareham is now happily applying a neuroscientific approach to the practice of optometry by providing Vision Therapy for patients with developmental vision problems or who require vision rehabilitation following brain injury. He loves a challenge and celebrates in the success of his patients.

Dr. Wareham is the clinical director of Pupils Vision Development & Rehabilitation with offices in Ottawa and Belleville, Ontario. He lives in the Ottawa area with his beautiful wife, three children and their dog, Missy.


Fabian Tai, OD - Marketing Representative

Dr. Tai graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry. He has been in private practice in Mississauga since 2002 with a focus on vision therapy. He has completed courses and seminars on binocular vision, children’s vision, amblyopia, strabismus, learning-related vision problems, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and sports vision.

Dr. Tai was a past Director in Ontario Association of Optometrist where he played a vital role in helping developing programs for optometrists and the public. He is extremely proud of his contributions to the Eye See Eye Learn Program across Ontario and starting up a non-profit eye clinic that served different areas of Toronto (affiliated with the Toronto District School Board). Dr. Tai is also an clinical adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Tai’s passion for vision therapy is to help patients discover their true potential in life. Vision is pervasive in life as vision is the most dominant sense in humans. Vision must be learned through movement and exploration to help us create new paradigms in our lives. He hopes to be a resource for other professionals, educators and parents to better understand the benefits of vision therapy. Dr. Tai would like to thank his family, staff, patients and other professionals for their support to help develop his proficiency in vision care.