Dr. Shea Colpitts began practising optometry after graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1999. Shea is an adventurous traveler and it was this that brought her west to visit and then settle in Whistler, BC.
Shea finds optometry to be a motivating career as the evolution in diagnostic equipment and lens design continually improves outcomes for patients. “Better equipment is allowing us to diagnose and treat problems earlier and more efficiently. Improvements in lens design helps my patients see their very best.”
Opportunities to provide eye care or to hone skills have included extended trips to:
Québec, QUEBEC: Work-life experience
Tacloban, PHILIPPINES: Aid to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
Chinandega, NICARAGUA: Eye care and glasses to underprivileged
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND: Clinic Supervisor
Stockholm, SWEDEN: Externship at St Erik’s Ogonsjukhus
Shea also enjoyed her role as Optometric Supervisor during the 2010 Winter Olympics in the Whistler Athlete’s Village Polyclinic.
Shea loves being a part of the community in Whistler. She enjoys an array of recreational sports such as mountain and road biking, skiing and snowboarding. With John Colpitts, Shea has two children, Ella and Portia, who share their parents love of Whistler and the mountains.
Dr. Cindy Wagner graduated from Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2002 and then furthered her studies doing a residency at the University of California, Berkeley with emphisis in contact lenses. She had also studied ocular pathology at the Houston Eye Associates in Texas. Before working at the FYI Whistler Eye Clinic, she spent time providing glasses, eye care and teaching optometry around the world including stints at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and the University of California, Berkeley. Cindy has volunteered with numerous international non-profit organizations and charities, providing eye care to underprivileged people in Mexico, Vietnam, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.
Dr. Wagner has pursued many ocular research projects with the University of Waterloo, and also published a research paper with IBM in 2002. She enjoyed providing eye care for athletes, coaches, and trainers at the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver and at the 2013 Special Olympics in Langley, BC. In addition, she has volunteered with the BC & Alberta Guide Dogs helping to train seeing-eye-dogs.
Cindy and her husband Francis love the west coast and are excited to raise their 2 kids and dog Gidget in the beautiful adventurous town of Whistler. In their spare time you can find them hiking and biking, skiing, snowboarding, paddling, rock climbing and playing ice hockey.
After thirty-four years of practice, Dr Karen Smith is retiring from optometry. Karen founded the Whistler Eye Clinic in 1988. The first office was in the old Village, above the Pharmasave, which she shared with an engineer and an accountant. Before and during those early years in Whistler, Karen worked in North Delta, initially full time at graduation and later part-time while building her Whistler practice and starting a family.
Long term patients may remember the six years she saw patients in the suite of her Alta Vista home. With the completion of the Marketplace, Karen moved her clinic where she practiced for fifteen years prior to the move to its current location. With the move to Market Pavilion, Karen become an associate, which allowed the freedom to spend more time in Kauai and travelling.
Karen always had a special interest in pediatric vision care. Professionally, she served on the Council of the BC Association of Optometrists, the Vision Advisory Committee for the BC Ministry of Health and the BCAO Children's Advisory Committee for many years.
Karen believes the best part of practicing in Whistler is connecting with so many community members who are passionate about living in the mountains. Her adventure continues with so many things to do and places to go.
Dr. Mindy Blumberg is the newest addition to the Whistler Eye Clinic team! Hailing from Thunder Bay, completing her optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. She completed clinical rotations at Harbourview Optometry in Thunder Bay, and the Whistler Eye Clinic. Her ocular disease rotation was at The Eye Foundation of Utah which focused on ocular health and glaucoma. Mindy has also volunteered on an eye care mission in Honduras, which helped 500 Hondurans get valuable eye care and glasses. Mindy brings expertise on post-concussion vision therapy, silicone hydrogel multifocal contact lens fittings and technology, and internal freeform progressive lens design.
Mindy grew up alpine ski racing and has an interest in sports vision. She helps with BC Alpine Ski Team vision screenings, assessing sport-specific vision needs and binocular vision. In her spare time, what DOESN'T she get up to? Biking, rock climbing, skiing - Mindy is a true mountain woman at heart.