Dr. Kristen Robinson was born and raised in Saugeen Shores. She graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry with her Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees in 2011. She was the vice-president of her Optometry class and received the Good-Lite Pediatric Optometry Award upon graduation. Dr. Robinson is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and Children's Vision Committee, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Optometric Education Program Foundation, the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation, and is also the Grey-Bruce area lead for the Eye See Eye Learn children's program.
Dr. Robinson joined her father's Optometry practice, and together with her brother and sister-in-law they founded Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care in 2011. Over the years, Dr. Robinson has developed a passion for vision therapy and pediatric eye care. This passion has grown from a 10x10 room within her primary care practice and has evolved into what is now Saugeen Shores Vision Therapy Centre. This newly renovated, much larger space will be able to serve even more patients struggling with visual dysfunctions. Dr. Robinson is thrilled that she has been able to expand her team to include an associate doctor with special training in vision therapy and rehabilitation, and three vision therapists.
Dr. Robinson is always looking to expand her knowledge in the area of vision therapy and rehabilitation. She has completed numerous post-graduate courses in vision therapy and rehabilitation through the COVT&R, OEPF, and COVD. and is currently undergoing the process of becoming a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. This will allow her to bring even more knowledge back to her practice and help even more patients discover their potential!
When she's not practicing optometry, Dr. Robinson enjoys reading, paddle boarding, and spending time with her husband Scott and their dog Dazy! She also plays the flute in the Port Elgin Community Band and plays Slo-Pitch with her team the Mommas.
Dr. MacKenzie graduated from the University of Guelph with her Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 2006 and the University of Waterloo School of Optometry with her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2011. She was also awarded the RACH Memorial Award upon graduation. Dr. MacKenzie is originally from Inverhuron and has returned home to be near her family and practice in a more rural setting. She is excited to become a part of our community and help educate our patients about the important role vision plays in all of our lives.
We are thrilled to have Dr. MacKenzie join our team! Dr. MacKenzie received her Fellowship in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation through the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in 2016. She has extensive experience in vision therapy and rehabilitation, and has practiced in a specialized vision therapy practice for the last four years under some of the country's leading vision therapy optometrists.
Katie has been working as a vision therapist since 2015 along side Dr. Robinson at her original practice Saugeen Shores Family Eye Care, and she has continued with us at Saugeen Shores Vision Therapy Centre. She graduated from the Practical Vision Therapist Accreditation Program through the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation in 2017 and has successfully completed the comprehensive clinical curriculum in vision therapy through the Optometric Education Program Foundation. Katie has also completed numerous vision therapy courses through the COVT&R. Katie has a background in psychology and counselling that she has found very applicable to her work as a vision therapist. She is a great listener and will make you feel right at home!
Not only has Katie completed extensive training in vision therapy, but she has also helped train our newest vision therapists and was indispensable in the transition from our original practice to our new location. We are also so proud that Katie is now sharing her gift of teaching with the world as she has been actively volunteering with the Practical Vision Therapist Accreditation Program and is mentoring other vision therapists-in-training.
Katie loves working with kids, seniors and everyone in between. Whether you're visiting our practice with family or a friend, attending your own therapy session, or simply popped in to say hello, you are sure to hear Katie's laughter and excitement bubbling out of the therapy room. It's hard not to have fun in vision therapy when you've got a therapist like Katie! Her caring, empathetic and compassionate understanding resonates with her therapy patients and always allows them to feel safe (and be a little silly!) during their journey through vision therapy.
Megan joined our team in 2018 and has quickly become a full fledged vision therapist. She started her training in the office with Dr. Robinson and Katie, and has now completed almost the entire clinical curriculum in vision therapy through the Optometric Education Program Foundation, and is well on her way through her certification program through the Practical Vision Therapist Accreditation Program of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation.
Megan has an extensive background as a yoga instructor and is very familiar with biofeedback and the importance of listening to one's body and gaining control from within one's self. She has incorporated her experience with breathing techniques, body awareness and movement, and a restorative healing approach to her vision therapy sessions. It is through her yoga training that she has learned how to facilitate an experience for patients that is built on a journey of self discovery.
Megan helps her patients to discover the source of their tension and resistance in vision, mind and body to reach a place of inner equilibrium. When one can discover new visual abilities within themselves, that is where we start to see the changes in their visual system and in the relationships within that person’s life. You can be sure that you will feel relaxed and at ease with Megan, but don't worry, she also knows how to crank it up a notch with some laughs too!
Jackie is our "jack-of-all-trades" and organizational queen! She provides the momentum that keeps our merry-go-round turning. Jackie joined our team in 2018 as an administrative coordinator of both the vision therapy program and our primary care practice. She quickly became indispensable to our whole process and as our vision therapy practice continued to grow, so did she.
Jackie has absorbed so much knowledge of vision therapy from simply being surrounded by it day in and day out. She has impressed us with her self-directed desire to learn the vision therapy concepts and procedures, as well as in her ability to apply this knowledge and work hands-on with patients.
Jackie has now successfully completed training as a vision therapist both in our office and through the Emergent Online Therapist Training Course, and she has now begun to see her own patients in our office. Jackie will continue to expand her knowledge through the clinical curriculum of the Optometric Education Program Foundation this summer, as well as training through the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation.
You will have a blast with Jackie, but don't think you can pull the wool over her eyes, as she won't let you get away with anything! She is a keen observer, always game to get down on your level and be creative, and she will make sure your hard work gets results!