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.
I am the lead optometrist at the Whistler location.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.