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Clinic Spotlight: Campbell River – Mariner Square

 

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FYidoctors continues to grow as it adds a second location in Campbell River, FYidoctors – Mariner Square clinic. For over 70 years, the team of optometrists and staff have provided exceptional and quality eye care to the Campbell River community and continue to do so under the FYidoctors banner.

 

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The clinic specializes in dry eye assessment, diagnosis, and treatment, visual field assessment, vision therapy and binocular vision training, specialty contact lens fittings, low vision and magnification examinations, safety eyewear, pediatric eye exams, and seniors’ eye care. The team have been proud sponsors of a variety of local events.

 

Spotlight on Dr. Danielle Campbell

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What’s your current role at FYidoctors?

Optometrist (Associate)

 

Briefly describe your educational background and training locations.

Attended the University of Victoria and graduated with a Bachelor of science in Microbiology. Wishing to stay on the west coast, I continued my studies at Pacific University College of Optometry, obtaining my Doctor of Optometry with distinction as well as Master of Education in Visual Function and Learning.

Internships:

•           Ocular disease at Veterans Affairs Community Based Clinic in Bend Oregon

•           Primary Care – Joint Base Andrews in Washington, DC

•           Pediatrics and vision therapy – Family Eye Care in Chandler, Az

•           Primary Care – Focus Optometry in Calgary

 

What makes your clinic a unique place to work?

•           Leaders in technology

•           Patients first

•           Large selection of frames

•           Multiple locations to serve patients better

 

What made you want to work in eye care?

Vision has always been a focus for me. I have worn glasses since I was five years old and needed them earlier but did not have an eye exam until I started school. My parents would often try to conduct eye tests on me, but I would never cooperate nor was I able to catch a ball. In hindsight, this were probably due to the fact I was unable to see clearly and did not have any stereopsis (depth perception). Now, thanks to an optometrist, my vision has been corrected to nearly perfect, and I can catch a ball, but I will still never be a professional athlete.

 

I have always been active playing numerous sports. One experience stands out in my memory. When I was 11, I walked on to the soccer pitch with the rest of my team, excited for yet another Saturday morning match. However, this game had a different start then all the others. The referee approached me and told me that I was a “danger” on the field as I was wearing glasses. As fate would have it the ball hit me in the face that game. The referee looked at me and told me that I “deserved it.” Both my glasses and head were fine, however I was very embarrassed. Shortly after this incident I got contact lenses to enhance my ability to play sports. Ever since then I have wanted to help other kids avoid these situations.

 

What do you love most about your job?

Making a difference in people’s lives. We are some of the only people who get to see inside the body and look at the blood vessels giving us insight into a person’s overall health. I love the smile when someone puts on glasses for the first time. Often, a child is capable of so much more in the exam room than their parents expect

 

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

Not having too many glasses (just kidding).

 

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

Conducting children’s eye exams.

 

Where do you see the future of eye care going?

More technology, specialty lenses both for contacts and glasses. Expanded scope of practice ad specialization within the field of optometry. Much like what is currently happening in the United States.

 

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

You only get one set of eyes, so it is important to take care of them. This can be as simple as wearing sunglasses and taking short breaks during work. The importance of eye examinations for children is huge—a sight test only catches select ocular conditions. And often these examinations do not happen until a child is in school, missing out on vital developmental time.

 

What's your personal eyewear style?

Colourful plastic frames. Coordination when possible.

 

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

When not spending time with patients, Dr. Campbell can be found exploring all our communities have to offer. You may find her on the mountain bike trails trying to be the rider her bike deserves, enjoying the ocean in her kayak, or escaping to the mountains to downhill and skate ski in the winter.

 

I am excited to be back on the North Island, having grown up in Courtenay.

 

 

Spotlight on Terry Storey

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Briefly describe your educational background and training locations.

Licensed Optician, have set up and run several locations including that of an ophthalmology clinic and laser centre. Serviced on the marketing committee, training committee, and spent time on the board of the Dispensing Opticians association BC.

 

What makes your clinic a unique place to work?

I love the idea of working with a local management team and looking forward to a fun cast of characters. The opportunity to merge two customer-oriented teams is very exciting.

 

What made you want to work in eye care?

Ha! I stumbled in the door 34 years ago and never left.

 

What do you love most about your job?

Easy—the relationships with the patients.

 

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

Not being able to deliver when things fall outside of my control (for example couriers or laboratory delays). Running short staffed and not being able to deliver the experience we hope to our clients.

 

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

Receiving photos from graduations, weddings, etc. from patients who I have cared for over the years.

 

Where do you see the future of eye care going?

I love that our young patients are returning. They tried the “cheap” route and are now back for the service and the relationship that comes with a live provider.

 

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

Don’t rush. We are in this together for the long haul and I am not going anywhere.

 

What's your personal eyewear style?

Fun and funky.

 

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

At yoga, puttering in my yard with my rescue dog Sara, or out enjoying the gorgeous area we live in.

 

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