Dr. Linda Kirsch – Optometrist
Dr. Kirsch graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1990. Originally from south-western Ontario, she headed out after graduation to see if west was really best. Together with Dr. Anderson, she founded the first optometry practice on Salt Spring Island. In 1994 she relocated to the Warm Land after joining the longest established optometry practice in the Cowichan Valley. Over 25 years later, she can personally say that any place that allows you to practice what you love, scuba dive and down hill ski all on the same weekend (if you still can) is truly the best place to be.
Dr. Richard Anderson – Optometrist
Dr. Anderson, originally from Hamilton, Ontario, graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1990 and also heeded the call to go west. He has gained years of clinical experience in Victoria, Salt Spring Island and is proud to have firm roots in the Cowichan Valley for the last 20 years, working in both the Duncan and Mill Bay office. When not doing what he also loves, you may find him pursuing his other passion on a swim, bike or run as he trains and competes in Triathlon events in BC and Alberta.
Dr. Craig Reavley – Optometrist
Dr. Craig Reavley originally hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1989, he moved to Victoria where he assumed ownership of a well-established downtown practice. Ultimately looking for the quality of life that only the Valley can offer, he headed north in 2003 and became a partner in what is now Eye Design Optometry. He has participated in and lead teams on eye care missions in various Latin American locations and carries on this work at home with his active membership in the Duncan DayBreak Rotary Club.
Irene – Receptionist
Irene joined our Duncan office in 2000 bringing years of front desk and telephone expertise with her. Her courteous efficiency and warm smile make her the perfect person for the busy ‘hot seat’ of reception. Irene has an incurable affinity for ‘what’s new in fashion eyewear‘ so you are unlikely to ever see her in the same pair from month to month!
Nicki – Licensed Optician
Nicki joined our office in 1998 and has over 30 years experience as a licensed optician. Her vast optical knowledge are an invaluable asset to patients when selecting a personalized lens design as well as frames that are both functionally appropriate and of the latest fashion. Nicki is clearly passionate about the quality of her work and outside the office, enjoys time with her other passion, another Bernese puppy!
Meredith – Optometric Assistant
Welcome back! Meredith has been working in the optometric field since 2009, becoming a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant in 2011. She is excited to be rejoining us after her (final) maternity leave and brings a desire to assist our patients whether it be in reception, pre-exam or frame and lens selection in our Mill Bay location. Meredith is always eager to answer your questions and has the ability to make every patient feel at ease with her friendly, professional manner. Beyond work Meredith can be found chasing around her three boys and following various creative pursuits.
Paula – Optical Assistant
Paula’s background in the areas of both customer care and as a personal health care assistant have proved to be a perfect combination in our office. Added to that is her engaging and genuine personality which patients welcome when needing assistance in our eye wear gallery. Spending time with family are always key factors in the daily enjoyment of Paula’s personal life, whether it be outdoors on the lake or sharing her joy of singing with her guitar in hand.
Amanda – Optometric Assistant
Welcome back ! We are all delighted to welcome back Amanda after her 3 year leave to follow her husband’s studies in Ontario. Her career in the field of eye care began in 2002 and we are fortunate that she has returned to her home here in the Valley to once again share her years of experience as well as engaging, personality. Outside of the office, Amanda is happy to spend time with her 2 young children and growing menagerie of farm animals
Carolin, Optometric Assistant
We are delighted to welcome back Carolin Cnossen and her optical expertise to our office and the Cowichan Valley. As a certified optometric assistant, Carolin has over 23 years of experience in the optical field. Anyone who has met Carolin in the past knows that she is passionate about her career and helping patients achieve their individual best in vision and style. Carolin and her husband live in Ladysmith with there 12 year old son. She loves gardening, crafting, camping,organizing, photography and being outdoors.
Courtney, Optometric Assistant
Courtney recently joined our office comes with many years of customer service experience. Her experience in both the medical field and as a manager in the hospitality industry, brings with it a warm and caring manner as a front desk and pre-exam assistant to our office. She enjoys snowboarding, hiking, running a meeting new people. She LOVES food and spending time with family.
Kim, Optometric Assistant
After 31 years in the financial services industry, Kim is excited to have made a career change into the Optometry field.
Kim has lived in the Cowichan Valley for 30 years and loves spending time running, hiking and cycling the beautiful trails and mountains the valley has to offer.