The optometry business is in Dr. Rea’s blood. His great uncle, Herbert Armstrong, started the practice in 1912 and was joined by his uncle, Dr. Ross Armstrong, and then his father, Dr. Edward Rea, making it a natural fit for Dr. Rea to join the family practice.
Vancouver born and bred, Dr. Rea attended Magee High School, and this is when he started working at the office optical lab during the summers. He continued this all through his university years as well. Dr. Rea did his undergraduate degree in cellular biology at UBC for four years before leaving for Chicago in 1983. There he completed his doctorate degree at the Illinois College of Optometry in 1987.
He has been with his practice ever since, becoming a partner in 1990. Outside of work, Dr. Rea’s passion is boating. Summer vacations he can be found cruising the BC coastal waters with his life partner, Greg, aboard their boat, the “Dream Catcher”.
Originally from Ontario, Dr. Bissonnette graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1979, where he received the Vodnoy Award for Clinical Excellence. That same year, he moved to British Columbia and joined the long-established practice of Armstrong & Rea, eventually becoming a partner in 1982.
Dr. Bissonnette has been an active member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists, having spent over a decade serving on the executive council including two years as president from 1991 to 1993. His commitment to the highest professional standards and quality in eye care has led him to sit on a number of advisory panels including, most recently, the ISYS Vision Council and the FYidoctors Advisory Committee. In 1998 the BCAO named Dr. Bissonnette Optometrist of the Year, and in 2002 awarded him the President’s Award.
When he is not at work, Dr. Bissonnette leads an active lifestyle with his wife, Jayne. They have been married since 1976 and are both avid golfers and cyclists. Dr. Bissonnette also helped organise and played in a baseball league for over thirty years, and has a black belt in Tai Kwon Do. He has two grown children, Samantha and Kirby.
After studying at both the University of Regina and Saskatchewan, Dr. Short obtained her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 1997. After graduation, she travelled to India to work at the renowned LV Prasad Eye Hospital in Hyderabad. This ‘eye-opening’ experience continues to influence a passion for travel and work related holidays.
Dr. Short has worked with Archer, Bissonnette & Rea since 1999 as a full-time associate. Her clinical interests lie in diagnosis and management of ocular disease and participating in clinical studies for new contact lens technology. Other professional interests include the clinical evaluation of students and new graduates. In 2003 Dr. Short worked at the University of Auckland’s School of Optometry as a clinical supervisor and lab instructor. Since 2007, she has been involved with the Canadian Association of Optometrists improving the written exams and assessing the clinical skills for licensing new graduates.
With her love of travel, Dr. Short has also been involved with a local eye charity called Third World Eye Care Society (TWECS) who collect, clean, sort and catalogue used eyeglasses for use on eye missions all around the world. She has been to Bolivia, Cambodia and Kenya on different teams. Her most recent travel, in 2007, with another charity called Remote Area Medical was a challenging three week trek to remote Himalayan villages in Nepal.
Beyond travelling, Dr. Short loves to escape her dark examining room and head outdoors with her husband and young daughter to run, hike, ski and snowshoe.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Dr. Louie is a Prince of Wales Secondary and UBC alumni. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from UBC in 1997 and then continued to Chicago where he graduated Cum Laude from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2002.
He has been working back in the Lower Mainland ever since. Dr. Louie joined Archer, Bissonnette & Rea in January 2012, and was thrilled to start working at the practice where he was once a patient. He is committed to providing a high-quality eye care experience for each and every one of his patients.
When not at work, Dr. Louie spends as much time as he can with his wife and two young boys. They share a passion for travelling, great food, and golf.
Dr. Kelsey Snow was born and raised in BC, where she completed her Bachelor of Science with distinction in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Snow recently graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo Optometry program, where she was awarded the Ontario Association of Optometry Award for "Excellence in Patient Management," as well as the CooperVision Contact Lens Award. Her final year of externships included a term at OMNI Eye Specialists in Baltimore, MD, where she worked closely with ophthalmologists specialized in glaucoma, retina, anterior segment, and oculoplastics.
Dr. Snow is passionate about giving back to the less privileged and has participated in two optometric service trips to date (Paraguay in 2013 with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and Jamaica in 2015 at the Foundation for International Self Help). She looks forward to future outreach opportunities, internationally and in her local community.
She lives with her husband in Vancouver and is enjoying being back on the west coast, where she can spend time outdoors bike riding, hiking, and skiing.
Dr. Janda was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. She obtained her Bachelors of Science from the University of British Columbia and continued her education at Aston University in Birmingham, UK where she graduated from their School of Life and Health Sciences with a Masters of Optometry. Dr. Janda completed her clinical internship year in Wiltshire, UK where she worked in both private practice and at the Royal United Hospital Bath Eye Unit. Her training involved many specialized areas including ocular disease, low vison, contact lenses, pediatrics, binocular vision, neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma.
Dr. Janda is passionate about helping both children and adults achieve optimal vision and ocular health and is devoted to learning and staying current with the latest research in eye care. Her special interests include ocular disease diagnosis and management, pediatrics and laser refractive surgery co-management.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, jogging, hiking and spending time with her family.