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Associate Optometrist

The Offer

We are looking for an Associate Optometrist interested in a work hard, play hard lifestyle. We require someone to work in our busy primary care office 2-4 days a week.

The rest of the week is yours to discover our lovely Island or take a short trip to Vancouver to get your taste of the city whenever you need time away from the tranquility. Are you a new Optometrist looking for an exciting opportunity to learn from a progressive doctor with a large variety of cases while enjoying the Coast, or are you a mature Optometrist seeking the opportunity for family/work balance in one of the most beautiful and affordable places in the country? Either scenario might be the mutual fit we have been seeking.

We are a very busy office, known for our comprehensive medical care. We offer a well-established database of loyal, repeat patients that trust us for all their medical eye care and contact lens needs.

Interested applicants can apply by forwarding your curriculum vitae and cover letter to dr_golemba@valleyvisionoptometry.ca

A Little About Us

Our mission is to provide customized solutions to everyday visual challenges to enhance each and every patient's life. We strive to achieve this by developing a working relationship with each patient in a caring, comfortable environment. Our eye doctors and staff are committed to learn and to teach so that our patients can be better informed about all aspects of their vision and preventative care.

About Port Alberni

Port Alberni is a desirable location in the mid-Vancouver Island Region. We are a 2-hour drive from surfing on the West Coast, 1.5 hours from beachcombing on the East Coast, 1.5 hours from snowboarding north at MountWashington, and 45 minutes away from the float plane terminal in Nanaimo to hop over to Vancouver or Seattle.

We often think of ourselves as a “best-kept secret”. Housing is affordable and we have access to all the amenities that nature enthusiasts are looking for. Whatever your outdoor passion is, you can fulfill it here: surfing, kiteboarding, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, etc... Our weather is pretty fantastic too. Although like Vancouver, we are known for our gray and wet winters, we can also boast our lack of snow in winter and our gloriously hot summer in July and August. Overall, our climate can’t be beaten and was often the envy of our neighboring provinces.

The Team

We currently have 10 support staff and in our practice, we run the “scribe model”. This involves our optometric assistants pretesting patients. The doctor is paged to the exam room once all the diagnostic testing is done. The optometric assistant stays in the room and then scribes for the doctor. An eyewear consultant has then paged to the room where the doctor “hands-off” to the patient by reviewing spectacle and contact lens prescriptions, nutraceuticals, and any other recommendations.

Valley Vision Optometry
4009 Redford Street
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 3R9
250.724.0966
www.valleyvisionioptometry.ca
www.facebook.com/valleyvisionoptometry

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We are currently offering in-office care by appointment only.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

The following is a summary of the steps we have taken to protect your safety.

Physical Distancing Measures:

o Reducing density of people: We have adopted a schedule which will reduce the amount of patients in our facility at one time.

o We will have some of our team working from home operating a call centre and tele-medicine pre-screening.

o Spacing stickers have been placed on our floor.

Engineering controls:

o Forms have been digitized and will be emailed to patients in advance of the appointment to minimize contact.

o A “For Payment" button has been installed on our website, valleyvisionoptometry.ca for patients to be able to pay from home to minimize contact.

o Plexiglass barriers have been installed at all 3 Front Desk stations

o Our doors will remain locked during Phase 2, opening the door to let in scheduled patients only.

o A dropbox has been installed for patients to drop off glasses in need of repair.

o Contact lens sales are administered through our webstore.

Administrative controls:

o Cleaning protocols have been written. Staff training on these protocols has been scheduled.

o Clear rules are posted on our front door and throughout all of the stations in our office.

Personal protective equipment:

o Patients will be required to wear a mask upon entry to the office and throughout their time with us. Those who do not have a mask will be supplied a surgical mask upon entry.

Policies around sickness:

o Employees and patients with cold or flu symptoms will be required to stay home.

Frequent hand washing:

o Patients, Doctors, and our Team will be required to wash hands upon entry and exit in to the exam rooms.

o Eyewear Consultants will wear gloves when handling eyewear and performing adjustments.

We currently are operating a reduced schedule, so are triaging patients to ensure those with the highest needs are prioritized.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shaun Golemba

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As of May 19th, we have re-opened by appointment only. Our current hours are Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm. Please call our office to schedule an appointment. Read about our safety protocols here.