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Employee Spotlight: Dr. Shea Colpitts

Posted on September 11th, 2020
Employee Spotlight: Dr. Shea Colpitts

Meet Dr. Shea Colpitts, the lead Optometrist at FYidoctors Whistler, located in the heart of a world class ski resort and beautiful coastal mountains. She has a passion for optometry and traveling around the globe to treat ocular disease in patients. Read more about her career adventures and what makes FYidoctors Whistler a unique place to visit. 

What’s your current role at FYidoctors? 

I am the lead optometrist at the Whistler location. 

Briefly describe your educational background and training locations. 

At the University of Waterloo I completed a Bachelor of Science degree along with a Doctor of Optometry degree.  My clinical externship was at an eye hospital in Stockholm, Sweden where there was a focus on ocular disease and treatment along with surgical intervention.  My education has continued through formal education seminars as well as trips world-wide to provide eye care to the under privileged and those affected by natural disaster.  

What makes your clinic a unique place to work? 

Our Whistler location is based in the coastal mountain range in a world class ski resort and attracts people with a zest for life from all over the world.  This makes for a fun workday with lots of variety and interesting conversation.  

What made you want to work in eye care? 

I love helping people out and am strong in math and science, so naturally a career in health care made sense.  I also knew I wanted a family so Optometry seemed to be a great option. As a bonus I knew Waterloo hosts the biggest Oktoberfest outside of Munich so counted on it being a fun place to spend some time! 

What do you love most about your job? 

I love that people have just as much to teach me as I have to teach them.  It’s fun connecting with all ages and all sorts of people and hearing their stories and their advice.  No day is like any other at the office because of these amazing people. 

What’s one of the most challenging parts of your job? 

It is difficult to know how much need there is out there for eyecare which is not being met.  I am part of a great organization which helps and I like to donate my time and money to it.  Also heading to remote areas and in some instances home visits are options to attend to those in need! 

What’s one of your favourite moments from working at the clinic? 

Once I received letter from a very thankful patient in whom I diagnosed a very rare disorder, an extreme hypertension in a woman in her 20s, for which she underwent successful treatment.  It was great to get that feedback. 

Where do you see the future of eye care going? 

In the not so distant future diabetics may benefit from contact lenses able to measure sugar levels in their tears!  This correlates to blood sugar levels so may be an option to give more instant feedback to those patients. Looking much further off I believe computer algorithms will have the ability to better process information and thus diagnose disease, at some point better than we can! 

What is the most important advice you want to give your patients? 

Eye care is about so much more than you can see.  The most concerning diseases are the ones without symptoms, like glaucoma for example.  Please see an eye doctor yearly so that any concerns are caught at an early stage. 

What's your personal eyewear style? 

I usually have my staff choose frames for me and they range from bold and colourful acetates to classic and simple.  My sporty biking glasses are photochromic and sunglasses always polarized! 

Where would we find you when you’re not at FYidoctors? 

On my days off I like to get some adventure in.  With so many options here in Whistler this ranges from a mountain bike ride to a day ski touring to a day on the lake doing watersports.  My kids are also avid adventure seekers so it’s super fun to get them out there and watch how they grow.  

Book an appointment with Dr. Colpitts today at our Whistler location.