Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Dennis Ruskin
He was just six years old when Dennis Ruskin’s brother took him to see the movie Forbidden Planet. It was then that Dennis developed a fascination for science that would eventually lead him to the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo.
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Josh Smith
Occasionally, students find themselves far into their educational journey without a clear idea of what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Dr. Joshua Smith (OD ‘13) found himself in this position while in grad school at the University of Calgary. While aiming to complete his PhD, Josh realized 14 months in that he didn’t want to pursue a career in chemistry, and after completing his master’s in synthetic organometallic chemistry, decided to go back to his original plan, which was to pursue a health-care profession.
Alumni Spotlight: Drs Michelle Georgi and Scott Mundle
Though they initially met and became friends in the Fall of 1979, it would not be until third year of their optometry program that Scott Mundle (OD ’83) would ask out Michelle Georgi (OD ’83). A decision neither regret as it developed into a partnership with a dedication to patient care, outreach, and volunteerism.
Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Michael Kruezer
Before joining the School of Optometry & Vision Science, Dr. Michael Kreuzer (OD ‘17) was not sure about the path he wanted to take in life with his academic journey and eventual career. Working several jobs, including being a clinical trial coordinator at the University of Alberta and roles within the Government of Alberta, Michael would come to develop experience and skills he thought would benefit in becoming an optometrist. This decision led him to enroll at the University of Waterloo to begin his future in a career in vision science.
Alumni Spotlight: Class of 1991
We caught up with former classmates, Susan, “Sue” Beaton (OD 91’), Patricia, “Trish” Campbell (OD 91’) and Andrea Mierzynski (OD 91’) and asked them to reflect on their experience as Optometry students, and why they choose to work with us as class rep volunteers for the Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign.