Dr. Catherine A. Chiarelli O.D., FAAO
Dr. Catherine Chiarelli, our Director of Clinical Services, graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1988 and subsequently completed a Residency in Children's Vision at the University of Alabama School of Optometry. She has extensive experience in the examination and management of children with special needs, including strabismus, amblyopia, low vision, learning difficulties, deafness/hearing loss and developmental disabilities. She also actively participates on many committees to develop better eye care services for children and adults. These committees include the Ontario Association of Optometrists Children's Vision Working Group, the Ontario Blind Low Vision Program and the College of Optometrists of Ontario Quality Assurance Committee. Dr. Chiarelli also directs the Vision Institute's clinical teaching program, which offers clinical training for optometry interns, and gives various educational workshops and seminars to other health care professionals. In 2015, Dr. Chiarelli achieved the distinction of being awarded Diplomate status by the American Academy of Optometry in the area of Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry.
Dr. Lois Calder O.D.
Dr. Lois Calder graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1980. Following a two-year teaching experience at the University of Benin, Nigeria, West Africa, she returned to Canada and joined the team at what was then a unique new facility, now the Vision Institute of Canada. Her interest centers on the eye care needs of seniors. She is the Direcor of Low Vision Services, assisting the growing population of those with partial sight. She also directs the Community Outreach Programs, providing mobile primary eye care services to several long-term care facilities and shelters. Her interest extends internationally, including regular participation on volunteer eye care projects in the developing world.
Dr. Jennifer Liao O.D.
Dr. Jennifer Liao joined the Vision Institute in 2014, and is our Director of Contact Lens Services. She is a graduate of the New England College of Optometry and has also completed a Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at the New England College of Optometry. Dr. Liao manages both soft and rigid gas-permeable contact lens patients, with an emphasis on keratoconus. She also provides specialty fits for post-penetrating keratoplasty, aphakia, high astigmatism, radial keratotomy, and post-LASIK ectasia.
Dr. Leah Markin O.D.
Dr. Leah Markin joined the clinical staff of Vision Institute in 2016. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry, graduating with honours. Dr. Markin’s clinical training provided extensive experience in pediatrics, binocular vision and vision therapy, as well as ocular disease treatment and management, in addition to primary care. During the course of her studies Dr. Markin was involved in peer tutoring, through her involvement in the Beta Sigma Kappa - International Optometric Honor Society. She also participated in vision screenings for children at inner-city schools in New York City.
Dr. Paul Chris O.D.
Dr. Paul Chris, of Toronto, was appointed as the Executive Director of the Institute following the retirement in December 2004 of Dr. Mitchell Samek. Dr. Chris, who served as treasurer of the Vision Institute during 2004, practiced optometry in Toronto after graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1976 and retired from clinical practice in 2016. Dr Chris also served for ten years on the Council of the College of Optometrists of Ontario (COO), and was President of the College from 2001 - 2003. Dr. Chris has a special interest in Indigenous vision health issues and the role of nutrition in ocular health.
Optometry Interns from many different optometry schools throughout Canada and the United States assist our doctors in examining patients in the clinic. They bring with them the most up-to-date knowledge and skills regarding eye care.
Board of Directors
The members of the Board of Directors of the Vision Institute of Canada are:
Dr. Mira Acs, OD, FAAO, President
Ms. Barbara Wattie Fuller, MSc, Vice President
Dr. Nadine Furtado, OD, FAAO
Dr. Camy Grewal, OD
Dr. Kirsten North, OD
Ms. Melissa Secord
Dr. Paul Chris, OD, Executive Director