MEET OUR OPTOMETRISTS
Dr. Rachel Irwin, OD
Dr. Rachel Irwin graduated from the New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA) in 2009. Growing up in Sydenham, Ontario, Rachel was happy to return close to home to practice. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists. Rachel enjoys all aspects of optometry but particularly loves seeing families with children.
At home Rachel and her husband are kept busy chasing after their three boys. In any free time she may have, you can find Rachel working on her latest craft project.
Dr. Shelly Della Vedova, OD
Dr. Shelly Della Vedova received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2007 from Pacific University in Oregon and graduated with distinction. She completed a Primary Care/Geriatric Optometry residency at the Bedford Veteran's Administration (VA) Hospital outside of Boston, MA in 2008 and afterward worked at a VA clinic outside of her hometown in Oregon.
Shelly has been in private practice since moving to Canada 8 years ago. At home, Shelly enjoys spending time with her husband (who is also an optometrist) and two young children.
Dr. Zoe Briggs, OD, FAAO, FCVOD
OPTOMETRIST/DIRECTOR OF VISION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Dr. Zoé (Lacroix) Briggs received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Montreal School of Optometry in 2015. Upon graduation, she completed a residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the University of Waterloo. She then obtained advanced training and fellowships in Vision Therapy, Vision Development, and Neuro-Optometry. She is passionate about helping patients of all ages achieve optimal vision and ocular health.
Originally from Kingston, Dr. Briggs is happy to have settled down in the area. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, participating in outdoor sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
Dr. Briggs is fluent in both English and French, and is pleased to offer eye exams in both languages.
Please visit VISION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE to learn more about Vision Therapy and the services offered by Dr. Briggs.
Dr. Victoria Coady, OD
Born and raised in Kingston, Victoria received her Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences and Math from Queen's University. She then continued her studies at Queen's, receiving her Bachelor of Education, pursuing a specialization in Special Education and learning difficulties. After a brief time as a high school teacher, Victoria attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry where she received her Doctorate of Optometry with advanced studies in contact lenses and pediatrics.
After working for several years in private practice in Belleville, Victoria is very happy to be joining the team at Napanee Family Eyecare. When not at work, she enjoys exercise classes, puzzle books and keeping busy with her three children.
Victoria enjoys seeing patients of all ages and loves to answer questions and explain all things eye-related.
MEET OUR STAFF
Amanda Perry, PVT, CCOA
PRACTICAL VISION THERAPIST
Amanda began working in the optometry field in 2013 and received her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) certification in 2015. After joining the team at Napanee Family Eyecare in 2019 she developed an interest in Vision Therapy. She then obtained her Practical VIsion Therapy (PVT) certificate in 2020. Amanda enjoys working with both children and adults, but is especially interested in working with patients with concussions and brain injuries.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter. They enjoy camping, boating and spending time outdoors.
Please visit VISION DEVELOPMENT CENTRE to learn more about Vision Therapy and the services offered by Dr. Zoe Briggs and Amanda.
Wendy, Janet and Shelly are the voices you hear on the phone and the smiling faces that greet you upon entering our clinic. All three staff members are Canadian Certified Optometric Assistants (CCOA) and are professionally trained to ensure you are receiving the exceptional eye care you deserve. Just some of the duties you will find these ladies performing include reception, pre-testing, and aiding in contact lens teaches and frame repairs.
Michelle is our Licensed Optician and has been working in the optical industry for over 15 years. She not only brings a wealth of optical knowledge and experience to our practice, she truly enjoys (and is really good at) helping patients select the frame that will best suit their style, visual needs and budget. Michelle's careful attention to detail ensures that the frame you select not only works well but looks great too.
Tanya is our Lab Technician. Tanya has been working in the optical industry for over 15 years. After joining our team in 2019, Tanya convinced us to finally buy the equipment we need to assemble your glasses here onsite. Her attention to detail and incredible knowledge in both frame and lens design helps ensure your glasses not only look great but they work too.