Dr. Bayer, a native Albertan, graduated from the University of Waterloo with honours, obtaining his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1994. He started practicing in the Edmonton area for three years, then moved to Calgary to start his own practice at Signal Hill Centre.
In 2001, he moved to Grande Prairie to join Northern Vision Centre. Dr. Bayer has enjoyed his time in the Peace Region, serving both Grande Prairie and the various FYidoctors clinics in the region, and is proud to be one of the founders of FYidoctors. Morley has done missionary eye care in Brazil, Costa Rica and Romania over the years. Dr. Bayer enjoys his time outside of the clinic with his wife Christina and three children, serving at his church, as well as coaching his son’s hockey & soccer in the Grande Prairie leagues.
Dr. Jeremy Begalke was born in Camrose, Alberta, but moved to Grande Prairie in time for Grade 2, so he considers himself a true local. He attended undergraduate studies at G.P.R.C., where he received Valedictorian honours for the highest academic record over all programs.
Jeremy graduated from optometry school at the University of Waterloo in 2001. During his schooling, he developed a passion for helping with eyecare in Third World countries. Within a few months of graduation, he participated in his first Third World eye clinic in northern Mexico. Since then he has helped out in Cambodia, Burma, and Zanzibar.
Jeremy met his wife, Esther, in Vancouver in 2004, and they were married in November 2005 on Vancouver Island. They have made their home in Grande Prairie since 2005 and are active in the community with various community groups and their church. They have two young children, who are "the brightest joys" in their lives.
Esther joined the eyecare team that Jeremy led for the Zanzibar project and also looks forward to future involvement together with her husband.
At the local FYidoctors office, Jeremy has a special interest in screening children for potential eye issues at ages as young as newborn. He also has a special interest in the treating eye injuries and diseases for any age.
Originally from Saskatoon, Dr Len Brezac attended the College of Pharmacy and received a degree in biochemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1991. Dr Brezac joined NVC/ FYI Doctors GP in 2002.
Len spent 4 years in Ontario establishing a private practice and working as a Clinical Supervisor at the Centre for Contact Lens Research at the School of Optometry in Waterloo. Returning to British Columbia in 1998, he associated with Pacific Eye Doctors in Delta before becoming the Clinical Director of TLC Laser Eye Center, Vancouver. He has been co-managing refractive surgery patients since 1994.
Len has been involved in FDA studies of Orthokeratology (over night corneal reshaping contacts). With his extensive clinical experience, Dr Brezac’s primary role as Lead OD of FYidoctors Grande Prairie is to ensure that patients receive the best and safest form of vision correction to ensure optimal visual outcome.
His secondary mandate is focusing on patient care by ensuring that the clinic is the leader in advancing technologies. “I’m proud that we are a part FYI. It allows us to stay current with new technology used to detect eye disease for the benefit of our patients.”
Len is a former council member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists and Alberta Association of Optometrists.
Len and his wife Robbin have 2 children that are very active. You can often find Len coaching at the hockey rink or on the Wolves soccer pitch. Len has developed a special interest in children’s vision and is quickly able to make children comfortable in their eye exam experience. Len welcomes all new and past patients to the office.
Dr. Jodi Goff was born and raised in the Peace Region and has called Grande Prairie home since 1995. She graduated from the Composite High School in 2001 following which she completed the pre-requisite Optometry courses at the Grande Prairie Regional College and the University of Alberta. Dr. Goff graduated with a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2008. Her clinical externship was completed at Omni Eye Services in Atlanta, GA which specializes in diagnosis, treatment and surgery for ocular diseases. During this time, she developed proficiency in the early detection of many ocular health conditions such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Goff joined FYidoctors Grande Prairie immediately following her graduation in 2008. She enjoys all facets of her work and is passionate about providing exceptional eye care to her patients of all ages. Dr. Goff is a member in good standing with the Alberta Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
When she is not working, Jodi enjoys traveling and many outdoor activities such as golfing, hiking, cross country skiing and running. She is also proud to be an active member of the After Five Rotary Club of Grande Prairie.
Originally from Drayton Valley, Dr. Keith Jefferies has spent time pretty much everywhere else. He lived in Peru for two years performing full-time volunteer service work before attending BYU-Hawaii. There he obtained his biology degree with a minor in biochemistry. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2009.
Dr. Jefferies has a special interest in solving contact lens problems that often require the use of customized contact lenses and he loves working with people to alleviate dry eye. He is the optometrist currently charged with the customer care service at the clinic. Feel free to reach out to him with any feedback you’ve had during your experience with us. He is proud to call Grande Prairie home and enjoys playing the piano and making homemade pasta.
Dr Michael Litchfield is originally from Edmonton. Shortly after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Alberta, Michael set out to attend optometry school at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, where he completed his Doctorate of Optometry in 2012. Already fluent in French, his education also allows him to give eye exams in Spanish.
After finishing school, Dr Litchfield married his wife Erin and moved to northern Alberta. He worked at FYidoctors Peace River for 5 years before moving to Grande Prairie in 2017.
Michael enjoys the performing arts. He plays the piano and has sang with a variety of choirs as well as performed in several community theatrical productions, and where he hopes to continue here in Grande Prairie.
Dr. Heather Van Haren grew up on a farm in central Alberta. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The King’s University in Edmonton. She graduated as a Dean’s Honour student from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. During her studies, she completed an ocular disease externship in Alabama, focusing on diseases of the retina and the optic nerve. She also completed clinical rotations in Northwestern Ontario, where she enjoyed kayaking on the lakes of the Canadian Shield; and in Canmore, where she enjoyed skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Dr. Van Haren has volunteered to help provide access to vision care in both Ghana and Peru. She is looking forward to providing eye care to patients of all ages in the Peace Country, and exploring as much of this beautiful area as she can.