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THE STAFF AT Valley Vision Optometry


Our exceptional eye care staff in Vancouver Island, British Columbia look forward to helping you and your family with all your eye care needs. We will help you select the most appropriate frames or contact lenses and will meticulously fit your new glasses to meet your needs. At Valley Vision Optometry, we are dedicated to optimizing your vision care.

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Jadyn Nicholls

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? Anything true crime, doesn’t matter who writes or says it

What do you do at Valley Vision Optometry? I empower people with confidence while picking out a new set of glasses while helping achieve their best vision

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position? My experience in customer service has prepared me for this role by learning the importance of patience and connection with the patients 

What attracted you to work at Valley Vision Optometry? Being able to witness people seeing clearly again and knowing I was a step in that achievement

What’s your background? My background is in customer service driven jobs. Before VVO I had been a server for many years in a high pace restaurant, teaching me the importance of customer relationships

What are the values that drive you? Honesty, loyalty and motivation 

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What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? While I’m not working you can find me bundled up watching criminal minds or exploring the Alberni valley.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd start a company. And, you know, keep working here.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is that even though you may think you have achieved your goals, there is always more you can learn and achieve. From not having much experience with vision, I am challenged everyday with learning new tasks I didn’t know I could do.

What's the most inspiring part of your job? Watching people’s reactions when they first put on their new glasses and the change in their sight.

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Brynn Paulson

Favorite quote: “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you”

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books? Podcasts: “Expanded” with Lacy Phillips and “Your Own Magic” with Raquelle Mantra. Books — Harry Potter series!

What do you do at Valley Vision Optometry? Help patients find the perfect fit of frames and lenses, to support one of the most important things in life — our vision!

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position? / have an extensive background in customer service and sales. Formerly a food and beverage server, as well as a cosmetics retailer.

What attracted you to work at Valley Vision Optometry? Vision is one of the most important things in life, so being on this team, helping patients every day to improve their lives is amazing! I love the fashion aspect of eyewear and am looking forward to helping you find your perfect fit.

What’s your background? Petail cosmetics sales, makeup artistry, food and beverage serving, campground operations (current).

What are the values that drive you? Positivity and Quality Care!

What's the most inspiring part of your job? Watching patients put on their new pair of glasses and their reaction to seeing so clearly.

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What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Hiking with our 2 dogs, Akira and Nova (Siberian Huskies), yoga, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, gardening, fishing & exploring the Barclay Sound with my partner Brent.

 

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Annette Castle

Favorite quote: This usually corresponds with the last book I’ve read, and this time it’s from Little Women. ‘I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship”- Louisa May Alcott

Your top 3 favorite Books? The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Lost Flowers of Alice Heart and A Thousand Ships.

What is something that people in your role must deal with that you want to fix? Not necessarily anything to fix, but we try to keep our pre-tests to a limited time so we’re able to keep a good flow throughout the day and it can be hard to keep times down when there’s so many unique people with lovely personalities that I get to meet!

What do you do at Valley Vision Optometry? I mainly pre-test patients. I gather data from our instruments and tests which our doctors use to help prescribe a prescription or to find any serious or underlying issues with the eyes.

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position? I’ve been in the industry for over two years now and am currently enrolled in the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant Course.

What attracted you to work at Valley Vision Optometry? I knew I wanted to stay in the optical industry and Valley Vision drew me in with its stunning interior, fun staff and admirable mission.

What’s your background? I grew up on the Island with my parents, sister and dog. We were always out fishing, camping, or exploring Port Alberni and neighboring areas.

What are the values that drive you? Compassion, integrity, and a strong belief that family is of fundamental importance. 

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Be yourself and always be ready to learn!

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What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I enjoy reading and spending time with my boyfriend going fishing and exploring.

In another life, I believe I would be a cat, I like to lounge around a little too much.

What's the most inspiring part of your job? To see the end results! It is so uplifting to be able to see what a difference we can make in people’s lives.

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Andrew

Favorite quote: “Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.”

Your top 3 favorite Podcasts/Books? The Name Of The Wind/ Lord Of The Rings/ The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill

What do you do at Valley Vision Optometry? As an Integrator, I am responsible for various HR duties, organizing financial data, evaluating and benchmarking performances, and assisting Dr. Golemba’s vision for the Company.

What are your credentials/experience, for working in your position? I owned my own business for 15 years, dealing with all the above issues and tasks.

What attracted you to work at Valley Vision Optometry? Many reasons! In no particular order, its in a great location, it’s a great facility, a great team and after meeting Dr. Golemba I was impressed with his vision, personality and method of doing business.

What are the values that drive you? I want to make a difference for the practice, always getting things done and representing it to the best of my ability.

What advice would you give a candidate who wants to join our team of superstars? Be someone that is proud of the work you are doing, helping peoples vision is an honour and privilege!

What's the most inspiring part of your job? I get to help the practice run smoothly, which in turn allows others to help people with their vision, which is our main goal!

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What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Playing guitar, reading, watching hockey/baseball, going for walks with my wife and doggo.

In another life, I'm pretty sure I was a crab. Or an airplane. Either one.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd start a record store. And, you know, keep working here.

The best piece of advice I've ever been given is to be real.

If I could invent a holiday, it would definitely involve bourbon.

The most important thing I learned before high school was be polite to people.  If I were a superhero, my superpower would be flying!

When I was 5, I was pretty sure I'd be a Paleontologist when I grew up.

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Alicia

Alicia is our Director of First Impressions. She has been with our office since September 2020 and has recently arrived from Edmonton. Alicia grew up on the island and is excited to rediscover all the island has to offer. Alicia has two years of experience working in an optometry clinic and before that worked she in the food and beverage industry. She is familiar with working with members of the public and enjoys getting to know new people.

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Crista

Crista is our Director of First Impressions. She has been with our office since January 2019. Before moving to Port Alberni from Edmonton in October, she spent many years in the hospitality industry. She has over 10 years of customer service experience and loves the interaction with different people it has provided. She is excited to explore all that Port Alberni and Vancouver Island has to offer and looks forward to the opportunity to learn and grow with the amazing team at Valley Vision Optometry!

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Sherry

Sherry has spent most of her life in Port Alberni BC, where she currently lives with her husband, son and daughter. She graduated from Alberni District Secondary School in 2002 and after completing the Medical and Dental assistant certification in 2006 she decided to take on Optometry too. Sherry worked in an Optometry practice in Parksville for 12 years where she completed the Canadian Optometric Assistant program and grew her love of glasses. She enjoys helping people choose their next new look and having a fun at the same time.

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Kayla

Kayla is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant in our office as well as a Certified Lid Hygienist. Born and raised in Port Alberni she joined our team in November 2014 but has been around the office since 1991, when her mom, Sharanne, started working here. Kayla graduated from ADSS in 2005 and took some college courses as well as Occupational First Aid Level 3 in 2006. Kayla worked in the customer service industry for 8 years before moving to Airdrie Alberta where she started working in an optometry practice. Kayla worked at Browz Eyeware/Progressive Optometry for 1 year before deciding to move back home to be closer to friends and family.

In her spare time, Kayla loves playing team sports with her friends, especially softball and volleyball. She also enjoys both playing and listening to music. She has played tenor sax and drums since junior high and is now teaching herself both guitar and bass guitar.

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Valley Vision Optometry in Vancouver Island

Valley Vision Optometry provides innovative eye care services to patients from in and around Vancouver Island. Our eye care experts offer comprehensive eye health assessments, ocular disease diagnosis and treatment, contact lens evaluation and fitting, and prescriptions.

The team at Valley Vision Optometry aims to provide the best possible solution for the patient's eye health and vision needs. By utilizing the latest technologies and evidence-based treatments, we can ensure that each patient maintains optimal eye health.

We welcome new patients and accept most major forms of insurance....