Dr. Carol Cressman (OD '79)

Dr. Carol Cressman headshotAsk Dr. Carol Cressman (OD '79) why she became an optometrist and the answer is simple: “I couldn’t see.”

Forty years later, Carol continues to serve. She is the community chair of the Seeing Beyond 2020 campaign to create the Waterloo Eye Institute, aimed at meeting the eye and vision care needs of people in Waterloo-Wellington... read more

Alumni Spotlight - Class of 1991 

Class of 1991We recently 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.  read more

Dr. Henry Smit (OD '79) and Mrs. Jill Smit

Dr. Henry and Jill Smit - headshot

For forty-one years, Dr. Henry Smit (OD ’79) and Mrs. Jill Smit formed an unstoppable duo as optometrist and office administrator at their clinic in Truro, Nova Scotia.

Now in retirement, Henry reflects on why he and Jill have chosen to give back to the School of Optometry & Vision Science’s Waterloo Eye Institute... read more

Dr. Cheryl Bayer (OD '08)

Dr. Cheryl Bayer headshot

Now more than decade removed from her graduation at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Cheryl Bayer has already made a significant impact on the profession she loves – including being named Manitoba’s Optometrist of the Year by the Manitoba Association of Optometrists and receiving an Alumni of Honour Award from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry and Vision Science.

We asked Cheryl to share why the Waterloo Eye Institute is a project close to her heart... read more

Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis (OD '96)

Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis headshotWhen Spero Bassil suffered a retinal detachment, he turned to the optometrist he calls Dr. Nik to help guide him through the grueling recovery process.

“It was a really scary injury. When I was looking for an optometrist, a friend recommended I meet with Dr. Nik,” said Mr. Bassil. “Early on in our sessions, I could see how committed Dr. Nik is to his patients. He really does go above and beyond to make sure we get the best care possible.”

To show his appreciation, Mr. Bassil wanted to honour Dr. Nik (Dr. Stelios Nikolakakis) in a way that he knew aligned with their shared values – by offering a helping hand to aspiring optometrists who exemplify the spirit of patient-centred care... read more