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Clinic Spotlight: FYidoctors College Park and Commerce Court

Posted on June 2nd, 2021

Nestled in the heart of Toronto’s vibrant business district, FYidoctors’ Commerce Court and College Park sister clinics combine the high-tech bustle of city life with the classic close-knit community feel that FYidoctors is known for.

Both locations were opened by Dr. Winston Koo, one of the founders of FYidoctors, who, along with his team of ODs, travels between both clinics. This allows for clients to meet with their preferred OD wherever it’s easiest, based on their schedules.

The first clinic at College Park opened its doors right beside what is now Service Ontario in the centre of the health service district located at 777 Bay St. in 1993. The clinic transitioned to the FYidoctors family in 2008. If you’ve ever renewed your health card or dealt with your driver’s license at this location, you’ve definitely passed by this clinic.

The flagship location in Commerce Court opened in 2013 and is part of the famous PATH, an underground pedestrian walkway that spans a whopping 30 kilometres. Running through the heart of the Toronto’s financial district, the PATH is filled with restaurants, retail, services, and entertainment attractions. The clinic is situated under the historical Canadian Bank of Commerce building, that was once considered the tallest building in the British Commonwealth. The clinic even inherited the bank vault—a tourist favourite! Because the location is such a popular filming site, you can see the clinic in the background of popular productions such as Suits, Total Recall, and Clarice.

The team is diverse and enjoys many hobbies, from baking artisanal bread and trying out new foodie recipes, to hiking and supporting Toronto’s beloved sports teams. The staff also gives back to the community by donating to their very own Enhancing Life Foundation as well as the Lion’s Club.

What does the team want you to know about the services and qualifications?

The staff at these two clinics offer comprehensive examinations with advanced Optomap digital retinal imaging and offer advanced OCT and Visual Field testing and specialty contact lenses. The optometrists are all skilled experts in fitting specialty contact lenses, including Rigid Gas Permeable and Scleral lenses.

The locations also offer:

• Ocular health assessments for those with diabetes, hypertension, and other systemic diseases.

• Dry eye disease diagnosis and management. The clinics offer high-quality, preservative-free lubricants, lid care products and supplements not found at drugstores.

• Emergency eye care for infections and injuries, including coverage with WSIB

• Co-management with ophthalmologists for laser eye surgery, cataract surgery and other eye diseases.

• Advanced diagnostic testing and management with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and visual field testing for patients with glaucoma, macular degeneration, and other eye diseases.

• Myopia control options for fast-progressing myopic patients.

• Virtual personal shopping, where knowledgeable eyewear consultants help patients shop for new glasses entirely online, providing personalized recommendations through live video chat. The clinics also offer tele-optometry services for returning patients.

Meet the Optometrists

Dr. Winston Koo

One of the founders of FYidoctors, Dr. Koo established the College Park clinic in 1993 and went on to open Commerce Court in 2013. A University of Waterloo graduate, he’s served on numerous advisory boards and panels for the contact lens and laser eye surgery industries and acts as a clinical consultant for several multinational pharmaceutical companies.

His primary interest lies in specialty contact lens fitting and management of ocular disease.  Dr. Koo is also a member of Canadian Vision Care, a charitable organization that provides volunteer eye care for the poor. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, golf and trying spicy foods with his wife.

Dr. Richard Hsiung

Hailing from B.C., Dr. Hsiung joined the FYidoctors team in 1993 after working at the Vision Institute of Canada. He holds degrees from the University of Waterloo and University of British Columbia, and is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Niagara Society of Optometrists, BC Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists. His interests include contact lenses and ocular health and nutrition. Dr. Hsiung is an ardent globetrotter, and his local hobbies include trying new foods and sailing Lake Ontario in the summer months.

Dr. Rifat Jaffer

Another University of Waterloo graduate, Dr. Rifat Jaffer has also received the NSERC Clinical Research Award and earned a fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry. She joined the team in 1997, using her specialized skills in prosthetic contact lens fitting and hard-to-fit contact lenses to deliver exceptional service to FYidoctors’ clients in her area.  

Dr. Jaffer has participated in clinical studies for CIBA and Allergan and has been a clinical examiner with the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. When not at the clinic, you can find her playing piano, swimming, doing yoga, or hiking with her husband and daughters.  

Dr. Lauren Libenson

Dr. Libenson relocated from Montreal to join the team in 2020. She holds degrees from McGill University and the New England College of Optometry in Boston, where she received the Presidential Scholarship. Dr. Libenson is affiliated with the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Ontario College of Optometrists.  

Her rich training at many prestigious eye care institutions helped her develop her expertise in vision care fields like specialty contact lens fittings and ocular disease. Her special interest lies in the treatment of dry eye disease with scleral contact lenses.  

Dr. Kaitlin Koo

Dr. Koo is the newest addition to the FYidoctors family, starting in 2021. She’s a graduate of the University of Waterloo and the New England College of Optometry in Boston. Dr. Koo has training in contact lenses, pediatrics, ocular disease and health, and dry eye management and has co-managed pre- and post-op cataract surgery in many prestigious eye care institutions.

She’s a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, the Ontario College of Optometrists, and the Canadian Association of Optometrists. Her interests are primarily centred around fitting contact lenses ranging from soft to specialty contacts and ocular disease management. In her free time, Dr. Koo loves rock climbing, swimming, skiing and crafts.

Welcoming New Patients

FYidoctors College Park and Commerce Court are both accepting new patients. Contact them today to book your annual eye exam and experience all these clinics have to offer.