A friendly staff, dedicated to meeting your every vision health need. Each staff member is an integral part of our total team – focused on serving you.
Jenni was born and raised in Port Alberni where she currently lives with her two daughters. After being a stay at home mom for 4 years, Jenni is very excited about the opportunity to learn new things and to continue her education by taking the CCAO course. She loves helping people and can’t wait to help enhance people lives through vision. When she is not at work Jenni enjoys spending time outdoors with her friends and family or snuggling up on the couch with her kids.
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!
Rebecca is an Optometric Assistant in our office. She graduated from ADSS in 2000 and obtained her Diploma in Optical Science from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 2008. Before joining Valley Vision Optometry in 2006, she worked and lived in Tofino, BC in the hospitality industry. Rebecca was born and raised in Port Alberni and loves that it is a small community, where she is close to her family and friends. She also likes how Port Alberni provides a variety of activities for all ages. Outside of work, she keeps herself busy with various team sports and her daughter.
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.
Kristine grew up in New Brunswick and moved out west where she met her husband. After living in Victoria for ten years they decided to move to Port Alberni where he grew up. Kristine worked in the service industry for the past 15 years and is excited to start a new career as an eyewear consultant at Valley Vision Optometry, while finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree online. Kristine enjoys camping, fishing, playing with her dog and spending time with friends and family.
Diane is our Lab Technician. She came to our office in 1981 with six years of retail experience and has been with us ever since. Diane was born and raised in Port Alberni and graduated from ADSS. Diane says Port Alberni was a great place to grow up and a perfect place to raise her own family. She feels there are many wonderful programs for kids and adults - it is home. Outside of work, Diane likes to read, walk, camp and just enjoy her family and friends and her beautiful grandbabies.
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.
Kerri grew up in Port Alberni BC, where she currently lives with her husband, son and daughter. After she graduated from Alberni District Secondary School in 2004 she moved to Chicago for two years where she worked as an Au Pair and traveled. When Kerri moved back to Port Alberni she started a career as a veterinary assistant. After 7 years working in the veterinary field Kerri felt it was time for a change and made the switch to optometry. Kerri is very excited about her new opportunities as an optometric assistant and to continue learning more about the profession.
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.
Sharanne is our Vision Therapist as well as an Optometric Assistant. She has her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant certificate and completed the core curriculum of the Optometric Extension Program (OEP). She was the first recipient of the BC Doctors of Optometry Certified Optometric Assistant of the Year for 2016. She has been with Valley Vision Optometry since 1991.
Sharanne was born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and moved to Port Alberni in 1975. Her parents moved here to be closer to both of their families. Sharanne loves Port Alberni for the friendly people - everyone knows their neighbors and then some! Sharanne loves to golf! She is an animal lover and currently has a dog named Halo.
She loves her job and the work we collectively do to improve the visual lives of the amazing people of this community and surrounding areas.