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Dr. Jane Newman

Optometrist

Dr. Newman graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 1981. Upon graduating she was recognized with the Award for Clinical Proficiency, Outstanding Academic Achievement as well as an award for Excellence in Pathology.

She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Dr. Newman completed advanced training in diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease from North Eastern State University in Oklahoma in 1995 and is qualified to prescribe therapeutic agents for the treatment and management of ocular disease.

She is an active member and past president of the Zonta Club of Kitchener-Waterloo. She has also been active with minor soccer, lacrosse and basketball. Dr. Newman also enjoys sea kayaking, tennis, squash and travel.

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Dr. Jenna Bright

Optometrist

Dr. Bright graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2011. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and Ontario Association of Optometrists. Prior to her optometry training, she completed her Bachelor of Science and Masters in Vision Science also at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Bright is qualified to prescribe therapeutic agents for the treatment and management of ocular disease. In addition to private practice, she holds a part-time faculty position at the UW School of Optometry. In 2018, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care awarded Dr. Bright as one of the top 40 Optometrists under 40 years of age in Canada!

Dr. Bright has a passion for providing eye care to those less fortunate and was part of a 6 week eye care mission in India. Dr. Bright enjoys all aspects of primary care optometry and is very enthusiastic about caring for patients of all ages. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young children, exploring the outdoors and loves to travel!

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Dr. Alana Vermeersch

Optometrist

Dr. Vermeersch graduated from the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2011. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and Ontario Association of Optometrists, and she is qualified to prescribe therapeutic agents for the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Dr. Vermeersch loves seeing patients of all ages, and has a special interest in pediatrics and low vision assessment and rehabilitation. During her optometric training, she completed an ocular disease rotation in Mobile, Alabama, where she gained valuable experience in in ocular disease management and in the pre- and post-operative care of cataract and laser surgery patients.

Dr. Vermeersch enjoys spending time with her family, interior design and travelling.

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Dr. Marian Elder

Optometrist

Dr. Elder received her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo in 2011. Upon graduation from Waterloo she was awarded the Irving Baker Excellence in Clinical Optometry Scholarship. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Dr. Elder completed her ocular therapeutics at Parkland Health and Hospital in Dallas, Texas and also did clinical externships in Ontario at optometry offices in Burlington and Fergus. Dr. Elder became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 2013, has been an assessor for the Canadian optometric board exams and has worked in ocular research. She is qualified to prescribe therapeutic agents for the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Dr. Elder enjoys seeing patients of all ages. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, walking and spending time with her young family.

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Dr. Valerie Shoemaker

Optometrist

Dr. Shoemaker graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2007, earning the College of Optometrists of Ontario General Proficiency Medal, the AMO Award for General Proficiency and the Alcon Continuing Professional Education Award. Dr. Shoemaker has been practicing in Waterloo region since 2007 and joined our practice in 2020.

As part of her studies, she completed externships in Michigan, Kentucky and Goderich. In 2005, she received the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Professional Student Research Award. Dr. Shoemaker then worked with the Bobier Lab studying the effects of refractive error in children on developing literacy skills.  She has a special interest in working with children, as well as adults with special needs.

Dr. Shoemaker has continued to be involved with the University of Waterloo School of Optometry since she graduated, as both a clinical supervisor and a lab instructor. In particular, she has been involved with the External Geriatrics program (providing care for seniors in nursing homes), the Special Needs Clinic (providing care for children and adults with developmental delays and cognitive challenges) and Low Vision rehabilitation. Dr. Shoemaker has also been involved in external clinics to provide eye care for school children in low-income areas of Toronto, as well as at The Working Centre in Kitchener, where she sees a variety of patients in need.

When she isn't busy seeing patients or teaching, Dr. Shoemaker enjoys spending time with her two energetic boys, experimenting in the kitchen and exploring hiking trails in the area.

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Dr. Theresa Donelson

Optometrist (Retired)

Following in her fathers profession, Dr. Donelson studied Optometry and graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1986. She joined Dr. Jane Newman in practice that year in Waterloo. She completed  advanced training in diagnosis and management of ocular disease  from North Eastern State University in Oklahoma, receiving certification in 1995. A regular attendee at continuing education sessions in Canada and the United States, she is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists.

Dr. Donelson has been a resident of Waterloo since 1980 and,with her husband Rob, has raised their five children there. Along with her local community involvement over the years, Dr. Donelson has participated in two eye mission trips with Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity (VOSH) providing eye examinations and glasses in rural Guatemala and an international build project in Nicaragua.

Dr. Donelson retired in August 2017.  We know she will be missed by many, but her patients can be confident they will continue to receive the same excellence in care from the other doctors and staff at our clinic.  We wish her a Happy Retirement and many adventures for the years ahead.

Thank you to our patients, friends and everyone who voted us Diamond in all 3 categories!

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