Meet the MPOC Team!

Optometrists

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Dr. Jessica Chan

Optometrist, BSc, OD

Dr. Chan has been working in British Columbia since she graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry program in 2007. She is passionate about Optometry and is also involved within the profession through volunteer and humanitarian work including serving on the public relations committee with the British Columbia Association of Optometrists.

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Dr. Karen Lo

Optometrist, OD

Dr. Lo was born and raised in Vancouver. She studied at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Science where she completed her pre-Optometry requirements. She then attended the University of Waterloo where she obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2011 and graduated on the Dean's Honour List.

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Dr. Kelvin So

Optometrist, BSc, OD

Dr. Kelvin So obtained his Bachelor of Science at the University of British Columbia. He then studied optometry at Pacific University in Portland Oregon, graduating as valedictorian with the highest academic record in his class. He loves to share his knowledge with patients who are interested in eye health

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Dr. Karen Plangg

Optometrist, BSc, OD

Born and raised in Vancouver, Karen attended undergrad at UBC and then went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo and graduated in 2004. In her final year she completed an ocular disease rotation where she spent four months at an eye hospital in Kenya providing school vision screenings in remote villages.

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Dr. Roger Gafur

Optometrist, BSc, OD

Originally from Toronto, Dr. Gafur attended the University of Toronto on a Canada's Scholarship and a President's Scholarship (top 1% of students). In 1993 he obtained a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Physics and Human Biology, and a double minor in Philosophy and Mathematics - and he graduated with honours.

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Dr. Cindy Ho

Optometrist, BSc, OD, PhD

Dr. Ho obtained her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees with Dean's Honours from the University of Waterloo and more recently obtained a PhD degree in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia. In addition to private practice, she is involved in research at BC's Children's Hospital and the Eye Care Centre at Vancouver General Hospital.

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Dr. Kevin C. Mowbray

Optometrist, BBA, BSc, OD

Dr. Mowbray completed a double major in his undergraduate studies: a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo and a Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University. He then went on to get his Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Waterloo.

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Opticial Staff

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Mr. Bob Butler

Local LEGEND

People all over Vancouver have been calling Bob their 'Optician' for years. Truth is, Bob has been helping people with their spectacles since long before the current legal term 'Optician' has been used in BC! He has been here at MPOC since we first opened January 2, 1950.

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Alexis Swanson

Head of MPOC Optical Dispensing

Alexis, another born and raised Vancouverite, comes to us with an astounding 16 years of experience in the Optical Industry. Her experience runs the gamut from front reception to managing one of Vancouver's largest clinics.

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Diana Nguyen

Optical Dispensing

After finishing her Bachelor of Business Administration at Kwantlen College in 2006, Diana got her start in the Optical industry working at retail optical boutiques and labs.

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Baljinder Hayre

Optical Dispensing

Baljinder was born in Punjab, India and moved to Vancouver with her family when she was 10 years old. She volunteered during highschool at local Senior's centres and went on to complete her MOA (Medical Office Assistant) certification at Vancouver Community College in 1997.

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Julie Bavalis

Licensed Optician

Julie is a born and raised British Columbian. She is multi-dimensional with a bachelor of music in jazz studies and is also a licensed Optician.

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Bibiene Shearcroft

Optical Dispensing

Bibiene completed her Ophthalmic Dispensing course at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in the 1990's and comes to us with over 20 years experience in the Optical industry.

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Dana Lacombe

Licensed Optician

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Terri-Lynn Weatherby

Licensed Optician

Terri-Lynn grew up in the ranching and farming community of northern Alberta. Today she lives on a small hobby farm in Abbotsford where she loves spending time outdoors, horseback riding, and with her family.

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Amandeep Johal

Licensed Optician

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Assistants

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Jasmine Mierdel

Optometric Assistant

Jasmine joined the clinic in January 2010 and her personality is right for the job. On top of being a thorough pretester and receptionist.

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Cynthia Raj

Optometric Assistant

Cynthia came on board with us late in 2013 and has been a wonderful addition to the team here at MPOC. She has over 6 years experience working in private practice Optometric clinics and has been a tremendous help here getting us set up for the first time for direct billing and helping organize our contact lens trials.

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Vivian Chan

Optometric Assistant

Over the past 15 years we have employed many 'pre-optometry' students from UBC in our clinic - they have consistently proven to be smart, diligent, and hard-working - and Vivian, our latest pre-op student, is certainly no exception!

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Leonora Castillo

Optometric Assistant

Nora was born in Cagayan, Philippines, and moved to Canada in 1991. She underwent training in office administration and in 1996 completed the Medical Office Assistant program. After nearly 10 years working in Medical clinics in Vancouver, she joined us here at Mount Pleasant Optometry in 2005.

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Cindy Shan

Optometric Assistant

Cindy was born in Hangzhou, China and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Her family moved to Vancouver when she was only 5 years old and she has enjoyed living here on the west coast of Canada ever since. She studies Integrated Science at UBC and is hoping to pursue a career in Optometry.

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Hollie Ha

Optometric Assistant

Hollie is our most recent addition to the team. She helps us out on our busy Sundays and also helps cover for other staff members' shifts if they sometimes need a day off during the regular week.

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