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Dr. Darren Hatchard

B.Sc., O.D., Director

For eighteen years, Dr. Darren Hatchard has practiced full scope Optometry with treatment and management of ocular disease in the Cayman Islands prior to the legislation to do so in Canada. Dr. Hatchard is a member of the British Columbia Association of Optometry (BCAO).

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Dr. Ignacio Salvati

Optometrist, M.D. (Argentina)

After completing his Medical Degree at the University of Buenos Aires, he further continued his education through specializing in Ophthalmology at Churruca Visca Hospital.

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Dr. Hayley Valgardson

B. Sc., O.D.

After graduating top in her Kinesiology program at Wilfrid Laurier University, she completed her Doctor of Optometry Degree from University of Waterloo, graduating with honours. She was the recipient of the Eschenbach Low Vision Award in recognition for her aptitude and passion towards helping patients with visual impairments.

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Dr. Brian Sklapsky

A.B., O.D.

Dr. Brian Sklapsky completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Princeton University with also playing varsity hockey. He played one year of hockey professionally in Europe before completing his Doctor of Optometry from Michigan College of Optometry. He enjoys Primary Care Optometry with an interest in scleral lenses and sports vision.

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Dr. Katelyn Simair OD

I was born and raised in Kelowna, BC, and attended the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus. During my undergraduate studies I completed a dissertation related to transcranial magnetic stimulation at the University of Birmingham, UK. I received a bachelor’s degree from UBCO in Human Kinetics in 2014.

This spring, I graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry with honors. My training extended also to Nicaragua on an outreach trip, and to Texas where I completed a clerkship at Houston Eye Associates. I am now very excited to be back home to practice Optometry. I am eager to work in all scopes of Optometry and with all ages. Some of my specific clinical interests include pediatric exams & myopia control, specialty contact lens fits, laser refractive surgery co- management, ocular disease and acute care. I would love to monitor your patients for ocular side effects related to their medications and systemic conditions. As a reminder, I’ve included a brief chart of common therapeutics known to cause serious ocular complications.

I look forward to working with you as part of the Health Care community in the Okanagan!

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Dr. Mark Csandl OD, BSc

I graduated with distinction from Pacific University, College of Optometry (located just outside of Portland, OR) after completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences and a Master of Science degree in therapeutics, drug development, and human toxicology at Queen’s University (Kingston, ON). During my externship year I routinely managed glaucoma, diabetes, macular degeneration, pre- and post-operative cataract/corneal procedures and several other ocular health conditions at the Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Spokane, WA and a Medical Eye Care center in Mesa, AZ.

I was raised in Kelowna and you can often find me enjoying the complete Okanagan lifestyle skiing, hiking, at the beach or dining at one of our excellent restaurants. Community is important to me and I am grateful to be back home.

As a Therapeutic Qualified registrant with the College of Optometrists of BC, I practice full scope Optometry with an interest in ocular disease and contact lenses. I welcome new patients and their families and look forward to meeting you so that I can best serve your visual and ocular health needs.

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I was referred to Dr. Hatchard by a friend of mine after seeing two doctors with an on going eye infection for two weeks with no progress.

Dr Hatchard was in contact with me right away and got me in immediately, I can’t thank him enough for his diligent effort.

After seeing him twice the infection was gone. He is excellent in every way…. Knowledgeable, personable and very thorough. He has a terrific bedside manner. His staff are also very pleasant and professional! I would Recommend dr Hatchard to all My friends and family in the future!

Natasha Shumka

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