Orangeville Vision Development Centre

Meet The Team

Dr. Brij Patel

Dr. Brij Patel OD, HBMSc

Dr. Patel received his first pair of glasses when he was 9 years old, and that is when he realized how clear the world is. Since then, he has developed a keen interest in vision care, and has made it his mission to help patients see their absolute best.

Dr. Patel completed his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction at University of Western Ontario and further went to University of Waterloo to complete his Doctor of Optometry degree with distinction.

During his first year of optometry school, Dr. Patel got introduced to vision therapy when he was working as an optometric student at a vision development center. He learned about and saw how vision therapy transformed patients lives. Dr. Patel started doing vision therapy exercises on himself and noticed a significant improvement in his visual skills, attention, and visual memory .

During his clinical externships and training, Dr. Patel worked with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries (concussions), learning difficulties , strabismus and amblyopia. He participated and organized several sport vision seminars and vision screenings for athletes. He played a key role in organizing the special olympics vision screenings. He has been mentored by the leading experts in Canadian vision rehabilitation.

Dr Patel has expanded and continues enhancing his clinical knowledge and expertise by taking continuing education courses particularly in vision therapy, traumatic brain injury management, syntonics and sports vision. He has attended several conferences and courses offered by the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (COVT&R),Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF), International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) and College of Vision Development.

Along with enhancing his clinical expertise, Dr. Patel has held various leadership and volunteer roles . He was the President of the Canadian Association of Optometry Students, Vice President of the Sports vision club, and the very first Student Councillor of Canadian Association of Optometrists. Dr. Patel has participated in two eye care mission trips in Ecuador and Jamaica, where he provided eye care services to over 10,000 patients.

In his free time, Dr. Patel enjoys spending time with family, working out, playing sports, reading and travelling

Dr. Patel is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, Ontario Association of Optometrists, Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (COVT&R), International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) and Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).


 

Dr Wong

Dr.  Hannah Wong OD

Dr. Wong was born in Hong Kong, immigrating to Canada with her family when she was nine years old. She is fluent in both Chinese (Cantonese) and English. At age ten she got her first pair of glasses and ever since that time her goal was to pursue a career in eye care. During her high school years she held various jobs in vision care, including a position as a frame stylist and working as a lab technician edging glasses. Through-out her university career she worked in ocular research, performing eye dissections and studying aberrations of the visual system. During her final year of study she completed an ocular pharmaceutical and disease externship at The Eye Institute in New Port Richie, Florida. In 2002 she underwent LASIK to correct her myopia and astigmatism. The procedure was a great success and she is happy to say she is still free of corrective lenses and has better than 20/20 vision.

Dr. Wong graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctorate of Optometry, and was the recipient of the Essilor Award of Excellence in Optics. She has recently become involved in the exciting field of Vision Therapy, an area of optometry devoted to improving and enhancing people’s visual performance through specialized exercises and activities.

Dr. Wong has been a member of the Orangeville Optometrists eye care team since 2001. She is the proud mother of two children, and is an avid pianist and martial artist.

Dr. Wong is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, Ontario Association of Optometrists, Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (COVT&R), and Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).


 

Leanne De Palma, Accredited Vision Therapist, PVTAP

In 2006, Leanne began her career in vision. Graduating from Centennial College as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Leanne worked alongside Ontario’s best ophthalmologists, assisting with Lasik and cataract surgeries. With the experience she acquired, Leanne was able to make an easy transition into the world of Vision Therapy.

Leanne has successfully completed the clinical curriculum of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) and is a member of the College of Syntonic Optometry.

She has completed the Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program (PVTAP) in the summer of 2018 and is a proud member of Vision Therapy Canada.

In April 2020, Leanne was selected as the newest member of the Vision Therapist Committee. Leanne continues to expand her knowledge of vision development by attending continuing education courses yearly.
Leanne has over 7 years of experience as a vision therapist in Canada and Australia. In that time she has helped rehabilitate countless patients with visual difficulties following a concussion/acquired brain injury and takes great pride in working with kids who are struggling in the classroom due to learning-related vision problems and patients with strabismus & amblyopia.

Leanne’s involvement with Vision Therapy Canada has allowed her to meet other amazing therapists and optometrists who share her affliction for vision therapy and every opportunity has furthered her growth. Through years of experience in the areas of visual health, visual development, and rehabilitation, Leanne has helped countless patients resolve their visual problems and looks forward to working with you.


 

Krishna Patel, H BSc, OTA/PTA

Pursuing the field of science, Krishna completed her Bachelor of Sciences with Honours from McMaster University in 2014. Following that, she completed a certification course to become a certified Occupational & Physiotherapist Assistant.

Through her academic terms, internships, and work experiences, Krishna brings valuable experiences from hospital, rehabilitation, and long term care facilities to the OVDC team. She has worked and aided patients of all ages, with various types of conditions and disabilities, recover from their conditions. She has experience working at Sunnybrook Health Centre for over 2 years.

Krishna has successfully made her transition into becoming a vision therapist. The fundamentals of her education, interpersonal skills, and vast experience have allowed her to excel as a vision therapist . Krishna, is actively enhancing her knowledge and skills by attending courses or conferences. She is currently enrolled into the PVTAP certification program.

Krishna currently resides with her husband in Brampton. Outside of her work life, she puts her creativity skills to use and enjoys doing a lot of arts and crafts in her free time. Along with that, she enjoys reading books, spending time with her friends and family, and planning for her travels around the world.

Krishna takes great pride in working with each of her patients and continually strives to achieve improvements and positive results through vision therapy.


 

Orangeville Vision Development Centre
Orangeville Vision Development Centre provides personalized vision therapy , concussion management, and sports vision training services.

Orangeville Vision Development Centre
33A First Street
Orangeville, ON, L9W 2C8

Phone: 519-940-8426
Fax: 519-341-1648
Email: info@ovdc.ca

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