The Brooklin Optometric Centre has recently expanded and is now a group practice of five dedicated optometrists and six well-trained and personable certified optometric assistants. Our friendly and helpful staff members are certified optometric assistants (CCOA) and undergo continuing education and training to upgrade their skills.
Meet Dr. Pui-Yee Ho
Dr. Pui-Yee Ho is a long-time Durham region resident.
Pui-Yee’s interest in optometry began while she was a high school student at O’Neill C.V.I. in Oshawa, ON. She worked at a co-op student at a large optometry practice in Pickering and found that she enjoyed interacting and caring for patients. She decided that this would be the career for her.
While completing her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the University of Waterloo, she worked part-time at another optometric clinic. This allowed her to gain valuable experience and insight from her mentors.
Dr. Ho completed an externship in ocular disease and therapeutics at Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center in Arizona where she gained experience in laser surgery co-management, as well as cataract and ocular disease management technology.
Through volunteer eye care missions, Dr. Ho has provided free eye care to underprivileged locals in developing countries, and has plans to lead optometry students on other mission’s trips. The Brooklin Optometric Centre collects used glasses for donation to Medical Service International, which is a charitable Christian organization that will match the prescriptions to patients in developing countries that can not otherwise afford them.
Dr. Pui-Yee Ho strongly believes that patient education and disease prevention is vital to enhancing and preserving vision. By taking the time to get to know her patients, she is able to counsel her patients according to their unique health and vision requirements.
As a proud Brooklin resident, Dr. Ho enjoys being able to serve her community. She provides on-site eye care to nursing home residents and patients of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services who are unable to travel to her office.
You will often find Dr. Ho running (or biking) around town with her husband and two little girls.
Meet Dr. Stephanie Leon
Dr. Stephanie Leon was born and raised in Whitby, and has remained a lifelong Durham Region resident.
After receiving her BSc Honours degree in Health Sciences from Brock University, Stephanie completed her training at the New England College of Optometry in Boston.
Dr. Leon practices full scope optometry and works with patients of all ages. She completed a variety of clinical externships where she gained valuable knowledge in fields such as ocular disease diagnosis, treatment & management, pediatric optometry, and contact lens management.
While in Boston, Dr. Leon volunteered her time by providing free vision screenings to athletes during Special Olympic events, as well as school-aged children in under-serviced areas. Back home in Durham Region, she will continue with her commitment to the community by providing on-site eye care services to patients at the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.
Meet Dr. Renuka Sivanesan
Dr. Renuka Sivanesan graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2005 where she earned her Honors Bachelor of Science degree and minored in Biology. She then went on to complete her Doctorate in Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2009.
While in the Optometry program, Dr. Sivanesan completed her residency training at the well-known Veterans Hospital in Newington, CT, where she co-managed and treated glaucoma, cataracts, Lasik patients, and several ocular diseases. She then continued her training at the prestigious Chicago Light House for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where she managed and treated patients with low vision needs.
During her residency, Dr. Sivanesan was also trained at the Vision Institute of Canada where she developed a special interest in pediatric optometry. After obtaining her Doctorate in 2009, Dr. Sivanesan worked in primary care optometry for three years in Chicago, where she simultaneously had the opportunity to teach a college course in Ophthalmic Optics. Dr. Sivanesan takes pride in providing the best standard of care to her patients and is very passionate about her profession.
Meet Dr. Jane Yam
Dr. Jane Yam was raised in Toronto and discovered her interest in optometry during high school where she had participated in a co-op program, working at a busy optometric practice in Thornhill.
She earned her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Waterloo before attending the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree, graduating cum laude.
Dr. Yam completed clinical externships in Toronto as well as in the United States. She had the privilege of working alongside the doctors at the Vision Institute of Canada, in North York, where she gained experience with the pediatric and developmentally challenged population, as well as visited nursing homes to provide examinations to the elderly.
At the Newington Veterans Hospital in Newington, Connecticut, she specialized in diagnosing and managing ocular diseases with emphasis on glaucoma, macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome. Dr. Yam also completed an externship at OMNI Eye Services in Iselin, New Jersey, where she co-managed the treatment and care of pre and post-operative conditions including cataract, glaucoma, oculoplastic and retinal surgeries.
Dr. Yam believes in participating in community events and has performed school screenings at local elementary schools in the Chicago-area. She has also travelled to San Carlos, Mexico, on a mission trip with eye doctors, students and volunteers to provide free eye care to the residents living in the rural communities. Dr. Jane Yam is both Canadian and American-board certified and is currently a member of The Canadian Association of Optometrists and the Ontario Association of Optometrists.
MEET DR. DIANA LE
Dr. Diana Le is native to the Durham region; she was born and raised in Oshawa. She graduated with Honours from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Sciences. As part of her clinical education, she received extensive training at Baltimore Omni Eye Specialists where she gained valuable experience working with ophthalmologists and optometrists in the care and management of patients with various ocular disease. Her training took her to several private practices across Canada specializing in family eye care, glasses and contacts, emergency services and management of eye disease. Dr. Diana Le completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo where she studied Biomedical Science and completed a double minor in Biology and French.
In her spare time, Dr. Le enjoys volunteering. She has participated in eye care mission with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services) travelling to Paraguay and Peru, to provide care to those in need. She is looking forward to the opportunity to participate in future eye care missions. She also volunteered with the 2015 Parapan Am Games to help evaluate the visual status of athletes.
Dr. Le is excited to be a part of the team at Brooklin Optometric Centre and is committed to providing you and your family with efficient, personalized and quality eye care.