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Meet the Staff: Tanner, Our Extern!

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Meet Tanner as he is leaving us! We are happy to be preceptors for optometry students and our patients enjoy them, too.

Name: Tanner A. 

Company Role: Optometric Intern

Favorite quote: Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books? Stuff you should know, Forgotten Realms series (R.A Salvator), The Riftwar Saga (Raymond E Feist)

What is something that people in your role must deal with that you want to fix?

Amblyopia is a specific eye condition that I would like to reduce as much as possible in the community. Amblyopia is a developmental condition in which a child fails to learn to use both their eyes at the same time. It often occurs when a child needs glasses, but the need goes unnoticed. It can usually be treated with glasses or eye patches, but if amblyopia is left untreated during someone’s childhood, it can permanently reduce visual abilities. I am very passionate about it because it can be prevented with routine vision exams in children.

What do you do at Valley Vision Optometry?

I perform eye examinations on patients under the guidance of the certified

Optometrists at Valley Vision.

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position?

I graduated from the University of Alberta after a 4-year undergraduate program with a chemistry major, business minor, and I am in my 4th year of optometry school at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon.

What attracted you to work at Valley Vision Optometry?

I was attracted to Valley Vision as it offered an opportunity to learn how Optometry is practiced in Canada and because of all the great reviews I heard from other students that had gone through the rotation site. 

What’s your background?

My background is specialized in vision therapy, pediatric vision care and neurorehabilitation. I also have experience volunteering at Outreach events providing vision care to underserved communities in the Portland area.

What are the values that drive you?

The values that drive me are hard work, respect, honesty, and compassion.

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars?

Be prepared for a busy day filled with smiles, hard work, and a commitment to providing the best vision care possible.

What's the most inspiring part of your job?

The most inspiring part of my job is helping others get their best vision possible and maintaining their visual health. 

Fun Facts!

  • If I could invent a holiday, it would be on every Federal, Provincial and Municipal election day.
  • When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Power Ranger when I grew up.
  • I enjoy hiking, sports, video games, and spending time with family and friends in my spare time.