Welcoming our new residents!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

As the calendar turns to August, we are thrilled to welcome our 2021-2022 residents to our Clinics.

The School of Optometry & Vision Science's optometric residencies are one-year, post-graduate, experiential training program, designed to extend and refine the optometrist’s knowledge and skill in specific areas of clinical practice. Residents' skills are enhanced primarily through the delivery of supervised clinical eye and vision patient care, and enriched by seminars, clinical research, and teaching. 

Please help us welcome this year's residents!

Dr. Alim Karmali - Ocular Disease (Emphasis on Glaucoma) Resident

Dr. Alim Karmali headshotDr. Alim Karmali is the current Ocular Disease and Glaucoma resident at the School of Optometry & Vision Science. Born and raised in Calgary, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary. His passion for health and medicine led him to pursue his Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, where he graduated with distinction and was honoured with the Dr. John G. Flanagan Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence in Glaucoma. 

Outside of academic endeavours, Dr. Karmali is dedicated to volunteering his time and knowledge, participating in sport and fitness, and travelling. He has competed in high-level soccer and ball hockey and has travelled to Brazil to aid an underserved community with local needs. Dr. Karmali is a firm believer in lifelong learning and working to pursue best practice and intends on continuing this journey throughout his career.

He aspires to earn fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry and be a role model and mentor to the next generation of optometrists.

Dr. Alice Yuan - Pediatrics and Vision Therapy Resident

Dr. Alice Yuan headshotDr. Alice Yuan is the current Pediatrics and Vision Therapy Resident at the School of Optometry & Vision Science. She grew up in Vancouver, and recently completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Yuan was the recipient of the Good-Lite Pediatric Optometry award.

Dr. Yuan has trained at many different externship locations, including a rotation at the Eye Centers of South Florida in Miami, where she worked alongside several ophthalmologists to diagnose and treat different eye diseases and disorders. She has also  participated in a clinic in Tepehuanes, Mexico to provide eye care to underserved communities.

Dr. Yuan enjoys working with patients of all ages and can also perform eye exams in Mandarin.

Dr. Christina Chen - Dr. Gina Sorbara Cornea and Contact Lenses Resident

Dr. Christina Chen headshotDr. Christina Chen is the current Cornea and Contact Lens Resident at the School of Optometry & Vision Science. After completing her Bachelor of Science, she went on to obtain her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo and graduated on the Dean's Honour List.

Dr. Chen is the recipient of the VSP/AAOF Practice Excellence Award and the Alcon Award for Excellence in Contact Lenses. She is excited to apply her clinical training in specialty contact lenses and myopia control in the care of her patients.

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