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Our Optometrists

Eye care professionals specialize in understanding the inner workings of the human eye, thus being able to diagnose possible disease and conditions that affect your vision—many of which do not always have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses, both as eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Dr. Mario Pozza

Dr. Mario Pozza

Dr. Pozza graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1984 and has been part of this successful practice since then. Along the way he met and married Dr. Shamenski and they have two children, Gio and Alya. They lived in Aberdeen for 7 years until Dr. Pozza's passion for skiing got the better of them and they moved to Sun Peaks where they have enjoyed life (especially winter!) since 1996. Dr. Pozza has since become a dedicated community member directing the Sun Peaks Health Assoc. and he is currently a founding member of the Sun Peaks municipality.

Dr. Lindsay Williston

Dr. Lindsay Williston

Dr. Williston was born in Quesnel, but has lived in Kamloops for most of her life. She started her post secondary education at UCC (now TRU), where she obtained her Bachelor of Science before heading off to the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. She graduated in 2007 and has been with KFVC since 2008. Dr. Williston loves to spend time outdoors, hiking all year round with her husband and young son, playing soccer and rock climbing when she gets a chance and boating on the Shuswap with her family and friends!

Dr. Tyler Lowey

Dr. Tyler Lowey

Dr. Lowey was born and raised in Kamloops. He went to school at TRU and worked for KFVC as an optometric assistant before being accepted into the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. While a student at Waterloo, Tyler once again returned to our practice, this time working as a student intern. After graduating with the class of 2011, Tyler returns to us as a full-fledged Doctor of Optometry!

Dr. Mark Rowsell

Dr. Mark Rowsell

Dr. Rowsell graduated in 2014 from the University of Waterloo with a Doctor of Optometry, receiving the AOF Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care and GPLI Clinical Excellence Award. Dr. Rowsell is originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (Honors) in Chemistry from Memorial University in St. John’s. Away from the office Dr. Rowsell will most likely be found golfing, downhill skiing or on the basketball court.

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Our Eye care Team

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.

Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.

Linda

Ophthalmic Technician

You'll find Linda in our edging lab! This lab enables our office to offer the convenience of having some of your glasses ready in a very short time. On busy days, you may also spot Linda out in the dispensary, helping our patients to choose their next pair of glasses! Linda has worked in the optical world since 1978, always in Kamloops where she was born and raised. She is married and has two children. Linda is a long-time Blazers fan and also likes to treasure hunt with her hubby.

Carolyn

Receptionist

Carolyn works in reception and pre-testing twice per week and also covers for holidays during our beautiful summer months! Carolyn has been in and out of the optical work force since 1983. She was born in Kamloops and was raised and currently lives in a rural area just south of Kamloops with her husband. Taking advantage of being out in the country, Carolyn enjoys cross-country skiing, hiking and gardening.

Renza

Receptionist

You'll be greeted by Renza's smiling face at the front desk! She takes care of answering phones and booking appointments, guiding patients through their pre-exam before the visit with their optometrist. She has been in and out of the optometric world since 1979. Renza was born and raised in Kamloops and resides here with her husband and three children. She enjoys quilting when she gets a free minute or two!!

Tina

Receptionist and Dispenser

Tina can be found at the front desk, and often in our pre-exam room, preparing patients for their exam with the Optometrist. She started her career in Canmore, AB where she worked for a year and a half before she joined us in May 2004. She was born in Saskatoon, SK but spent most of her life in Kamloops. She lives in Kamloops with her two young sons, Titus and Anthony. Having two young children means not much free time but when Tina finds some she enjoys reading.

Lisa

Paraoptometric Contact Lens Assistant

Lisa is a Certified Optometric Assistant and is responsible for fitting, as well as instructing patients on the safe wear and care of contact lenses. Before joining our office in Feb 2004, Lisa worked in an optometric office in Saskatoon, SK, for nine years. She and her husband and two children moved to B.C. in 2003 with much enthusiam. They love the outdoors, and enjoy snowboarding and watersports. Lisa is usually off visiting her children whenever she gets the opportunity.

Heidi

Ophthalmic Technician

Heidi can be found in many places around our office. She may be the one to greet you at the front desk, she may be helping you with to pick out your next pair of glasses, or she may even be teaching you how to wear contact lenses! She's quickly becoming a "Jill-of-all-trades" like Tina, and she's a wonderful asset to our clinic.

Sonja

Optometric Assistant

Sonja has been with us for a couple years now since 2011. You'll find her at the front desk, helping to prepare patients for their eye exams as well as answering phones and directing our patients to where they need to be around the office.

Rebecca

Optician

Rebecca comes to us with many years of experience and she is fitting in wonderfully. Her knowledge of frames and lenses is extensive, having previously owned her own optical in the Kootenays. You'll find Rebecca in our dispensary, helping patients to choose that perfect pair of glasses!

Donna

Receptionist

Donna can usually be found at the front desk, answering phones and helping patients to book appointments. She is also trained in preparing patients for their visit with the eye doctor.

Amber

Ophthalmic Technician

You'll find Amber in our dispensary, helping patients to pick out their new glasses. She comes from a retail clothing background, giving her valuable insight into current fashion and accessorizing. Amber enjoys spending her free time with her two young boys.

Leah

Ophthalmic Technician

Leah is the newest member of our family and she will be happy to help you with frame and lens selection. She might also be in the contact lens room when Lisa is on vacation. She has been working in the optical world for 5 years with a short break in between to do event planning at Sun Peaks. Between Leah an her partner, Jay, they have 4 children which is why Leah has no time for any hobbies other than "park hopping" with the kids.

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