Team

Optometrists

Dr. Marie-Claude Provost

Dr. Marie-Claude Provost

Optometrist

Marie-Claude Provost has been an owner of the clinic since 1994. In 2003 she and her associate, Dr Marie-Jose Caron, became the co-founders of Optika Eye Care Center. Dr Provost takes great pride in the dynamic team that surrounds her. She is passionate, devoted and constantly driven by her intellectual curiosity.

Education
  • Member of the disciplinary committee of the Order of Optometrist of Quebec since 2004.
  • Winner of the 2015 Award of Excellence for her passion, and dynamic involvement in her Optical Buying Group.
  • 2010-2015 Conferences on functional vision and visual needs related to learning disabilities.
  • 1990-1995 Clinician, Orthoptics Clinic at the school of optometry at the University of Montreal.
  • 1988 Award of Excellence in visual re-education (Orthoptics).
  • 1988 Doctorate of Optometry from University of Montreal.
Interests
  • Has a particular interest in eye examinations for children and infants as well as functional vision
  • Neuro-optometry and concussions.
  • Her practice also includes adult and senior eye examinations: an optometrist for the whole family
Fun Fact
In her spare time she enjoys hiking and bird watching.
Dr. Nathalie Trottier

Dr. Nathalie Trottier

Optometrist

Nathalie Trottier has been part of the Optika family since her graduation in 2009. Two years later she became an associate and developed a particular expertise in specialty contact lenses and orthokeratology.

Education
  • 2010-2017 Clinician in Contact Lenses Clinic at the University of Montreal
  • 2010 Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
  • 2010 Certificate of Residency in contact lenses and anterior segment
  • 2009 Student of the Year Award from the Quebec Association of Optometrists
  • 2009 Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Montreal
Interests
This dynamic professional speaks at many contact lens conferences for optometrists. She appreciates the variety of clientele at Optika and is always ready for new challenges.
Fun Fact
In 2014, she won 3rd place at the World Cheerleading Championship in Orlando!
Dr. Anne-Josée Gauthier

Dr. Anne-Josée Gauthier

Optometrist

Dr Anne-Josée Gauthier joined the Optika team in 2013. As a West Island native and appreciative of the warm family atmosphere at Optika, Dr Gauthier chose to become an associate at this clinic and has been a co-owner since 2016. She hopes to enjoy a long career working to address the diverse needs of patients of all ages.

Education
  • 2018 Hélène Rodrigue Bursary for the promotion of the private practice of optometry
  • 2014 Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO)
  • 2014 Certificate of Residence in contact lenses and corneal physiology
  • 2013 Jean-Louis Blanchard Bursary, for implication in the field of contact lenses
  • 2013 Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Montreal
Interests
Dr Gauthier is interested in the complete eye care for patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics and has a particular interest in specialty contact lenses and the treatment of dry eye syndrome.
Fun Fact
From gardening to hiking, in her free time, Anne-Josée enjoys the outdoors.
Dr. Martin Spiro

Dr. Martin Spiro

Optometrist

Dr. Martin Spiro completed his Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Montreal in 2014, and received the Optometric Association’s prestigious Student of the Year award. As a native West Islander, Dr. Spiro is thrilled to be a part of the Optika team and serve the community. He brings with him a passion for eye care excellence working with patients of all ages.

Education
  • Doctorate of Optometry
  • McGill University, Bachelor of Science
  • Expert spokesperson on children’s vision and screen time recommendations; appearing on CBC, CJAD800, RDI, Radio Canada, CBC Radio
  • National board representative of Quebec for the Canadian Association of Optometrists
  • Montreal board representative and low vision committee chair for the Quebec Association of Optometrists
  • Allergan Society prize of excellence for clinical research
  • Named one of Canada’s "Top 40 Optometrists Under 40" by Johnson & Johnson
Interests
Along with a fulfilling practice at Optika, Dr. Spiro shares his time working with patients suffering from visual impairment at the Montreal Association of the Blind (MAB-Mackay). A passionate teacher, Dr. Spiro is also a clinical educator at the University of Montreal School of Optometry, and is the co-founder of Opto-Connecte: a mentoring organization for young optometrists and optometry students. Dr. Spiro has collaborated in humanitarian efforts in travels to South America.
Fun Fact
Dr. Spiro is an outdoor enthusiast, an avid cyclist, and marathon runner. Although his run playlists are mostly filled with a good mix of New Orleans style jazz and classic rock, he is a fan of all types of music and enjoys taking advantage of Montreal’s dynamic music scene.
Dr. Mariko Hamel

Dr. Mariko Hamel

Optometrist

Dr. Mariko Hamel began her career at Optika in 2017. With her welcoming personality and her extensive knowledge in various fields of optometry, she strives to offer the best ocular care to patients of the West Island.

Education
  • 2017 Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Montreal
  • 2015 Student Fellowship at the American Academy of Optometry in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 2015 VOSH humanitarian trip to Lima, Peru to offer free eye exams
  • 2015 Internship at the Fier Eye Care & Surgery Center in Florida
Interests
Dr. Hamel provides complete eye examinations to patients of all ages, but takes a particular interest in ocular dryness, binocular vision and pediatric optometry.
Fun Fact
An avid runner, Dr. Mariko Hamel ran her first half-marathon at the Montreal Rock’n’Roll Event in 2017!
Dr. Marie-Josée Caron

Dr. Marie-Josée Caron

Optometrist

Cofounder of Optika Eye Care Center with Dr Provost, Dr Caron previously practiced in Beaconsfield with optometrist Dr Lorne Hart, from 1991-1997. She enjoys being involved in the West island community.

Education
  • Since 2005 Internship supervisor for the Quebec Order of Optometrists
  • 1992 to 2000 Clinician in Binocular Vision at the University of Montreal - School of Optometry
  • 1991 Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Montreal
  • 1990 Award of Academic Excellence
Interests
  • Family Practice, from grand-parents to grand-children
  • Co-management of cataract surgery and refractive surgery
  • Continued training in optometry
Fun Fact
She enjoys downhill skiing and Zumba!
Dr. Micheline Chiasson

Dr. Micheline Chiasson

Optometrist

Dr. Chiasson obtained her doctorate of optometry (OD) from the University of Montreal and practices with the wonderful team at Optika since 2015.

Education
  • Prize for Excellence in contact lenses at the University of Montreal
  • Permit to prescribe medication for therapeutic purposes
  • Multiple trainings/workshops done in the field of optometry
Interests
  • A diversified practice ranging from pediatric vision to geriatrics (complete eye exams, dilated fundus exams, diabetes, dry eye, etc.)
  • Screening for ocular diseases, contact lens fittings, ocular emergencies (infections, irritation, foreign objects)
Fun Fact
Always looking to further her knowledge, Dr. Chiasson stays up to date with the latest approaches and technologies in ocular care. She is an attentive optometrist who listens to the needs of her patients.
Dr. Cassandra Lasry

Dr. Cassandra Lasry

Optometrist
Dr. Ariana Arambulo Cevallos

Dr. Ariana Arambulo Cevallos

Optometrist

Dr. Arambulo joined the Optika team right after graduating in 2021. She then developed an expertise in community eye health, which led her to become a clinician for the mobile clinic Regard Collectif at the School of Optometry of University of Montreal, and to participate in numerous local and international humanitarian missions.

Education
  • 2022: Residency Certificate in Community Optometry
  • 2022: Recipient of the World Council of Optometry’s scholarship for completing a long-term teaching internship in Pereira, Colombia.
  • 2021-present: Clinical director for Special Olympics Quebec’ Opening Eyes Clinic, a vision screening clinic for athletes living with intellectual disabilities.
  • 2021: Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Montreal
  • 2019: Humanitarian mission in Lima, Peru with VOSH Santa Cruz
  • 2018: American Academy of Optometry Student Fellowship
Interests
Dr. Arambulo loves to work with patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics. She has a particular interest in mobile optometry clinics that serve vulnerable populations and patients with special needs in Quebec. She also participates in the development and the achievement of missions that promote and enhance primary eye care services abroad.
Fun Fact
  • Speaks fluent Spanish, French and English. Her next goal: Quebec Sign Language and Italian!
  • Loves Latin dance and music!
Dr. Véronique Small

Dr. Véronique Small

Optometrist

Dr Véronique Small completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Montreal and continues her training as a Community eye care resident.

Education
  • Doctor of Optometry degree (OD)
  • Minor in Biological Sciences
  • Recipient of an award from the School of Optometry for social and community involvement
Interests
Dre Small is interested in the eye care to patients of any age. She has a particular interest for myopia management. She is also interested in the various public health issues related to optometry.
Fun Fact
Véronique is a big fan of travel of all kinds. She will also probably know the score of the last Montreal Canadiens game if you ask her!
Dr. Katrine Machado

Dr. Katrine Machado

Optometrist

Dr. Katrine Machado is a passionate, dedicated, and thorough optometrist who graduated with a doctorate in Optometry from Université de Montréal. She is known for the attention and care that she provides to each of her patients, and never shies away from trying to make them smile. Dr. Machado provides complete eye examinations to patients of all ages. She is horning her skills by continuous training.

Fun Fact
Katrine loves to travel and enjoys exploring different cottages throughout her journeys. In her downtime, she enjoys working out, cooking healthy meals, and spending time friends and family.

Opticians

Jaëlle Célicourt

Jaëlle Célicourt

Optician
Stephane Uzan

Stephane Uzan

Optician
Pei-Yun

Pei-Yun

Optician

Assistants

Kerstin

Kerstin

Manager
Francine

Francine

Accounting
Kathy

Kathy

Heilaneh

Heilaneh

Laurence

Laurence

Carole

Carole

Samantha

Samantha

Christina

Christina

Melyane

Melyane

Juanita

Juanita

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