Meet the team
Staff Ophthalmologists | Nurses | Fellow & Residents | Patient Information Clerks | Orthoptists | Ophthalmic Imaging Specialists | Social Workers | Information Coordinators | | Ocular Genetic Counsellors | Vision Scientists & Researchers | Volunteers
The Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences focuses on the eyes and vision. The Department is comprised of ophthalmologists, social workers, patient information clerks, orthoptists, trainees, nurses, imaging specialists, genetic counsellors, coordinators and volunteers all working together to make your child’s experience a positive one.
An ophthalmologist is a fully licensed medical doctor who specializes in medical and surgical eye problems. Each clinic is held under the supervision of a staff ophthalmologist. They will assess and explain your child’s eye condition and discuss a plan of care, such as follow-up, order testing, surgery and more. They can also determine if your community physician can see you.
See Staff Ophthalmologists.
The nurses in the eye clinic are registered nurses, who have special skills and knowledge of paediatric ophthalmology. They provide care to your child during sedated procedures, assist the doctor with examinations and provide various types of teaching to parents. Staff nurses deliver support and can refer you to the appropriate person or agency as required.
Our staff nurses are:
- Beverley Griffiths, RN
- Margaret Horie, RN
- Jennifer Colaco, RN
Every doctor goes through years of medical training in order to become a specialist. Fellows and residents here in the eye clinic are fully licensed medical doctors who have chosen Ophthalmology as their specialty and are learning to diagnose and treat ophthalmic disorders under the supervision of our expert physician staff.
Fellows are fully licensed ophthalmologists. The term is used for both male and female doctors. They are selected to obtain specialized experience in the treatment of paediatric eye disorders.
Read about SickKids current Ophthalmology fellows.
Residents are licensed medical doctors training to be ophthalmologists. During their intensive training, residents work at different hospitals associated with the University of Toronto.
Information clerks are responsible for the clerical activities in the clinic. They will register your child and get the necessary paperwork ready for your child’s appointment. Information clerks can answer your non-medical questions only, such as how long your appointment might be. They will direct you to an appropriate team member for other questions. Our clerks are:
- Diane Peruzzi
- Debbie Sebiris
Orthoptists are certified eye care professionals who specialize in the non-surgical treatment of vision disorders. They assess, evaluate and identify disorders particularly in the areas of strabismus and amblyopia. They work with the ophthalmologist responsible for your child’s care. You are most likely to meet an orthoptist if your child has oculomotor problems. Our team includes:
- Kiran Bassi, O.C(C)
- Rua Hua, O.C(C)
- Louise Labow-Daily, O.C(C)
- Katelyn MacNeil, O.C(C)
- Kim Quann, B.Sc. O.C(C)
- Stephanie Sobey, M.Sc, OC(C), COMT
Visual Electrophysiology Orthoptist:
- Jeff Locke, O.C(C)
Ophthalmic imaging specialists are photographers or technicians who have specialized training to provide imaging of all the structures of the eye. They use state-of-the-art technology to do various tests and procedures, which help to diagnose your child’s eye problem. Our specialists are:
- Cynthia Vandenhoven, BAA, CRA
- Leslie McKeen, BSc, CRA
SickKids social workers are graduate-trained clinicians who promote resilience, enhance coping and capacity, and provide expertise at the intersection of mental and physical health in children, youth and families receiving services at the hospital. They are leaders in providing evidence-informed clinical assessment, intervention (counseling and education), consultation and teaching and contribute to innovative research. A social worker may be asked to provide support to a child and family whose child is experiencing vision loss and/or requires ongoing medical treatment that may result in a variety of psychosocial needs including: assistance with coping and adaptation, developmental concerns, school-related needs, issues with peers, and financial concerns. Learn more about social work at SickKids. The Ophthalmology Program Social Worker is:
- Alissa Ulster, MSW, Res. Dip. SW, RSW
Each staff ophthalmologist (eye doctor) has an information coordinator working with them. Information coordinators organize the operation of the clinics assigned under their responsibility. They schedule your child’s clinic appointments, surgeries and medical tests (if ordered). They are your link to your ophthalmologist. Our team includes:
- Victoria Campos
- Krystal Chiu
- David Ford
- Ashley Grilo
- Linda Jankovski
- Lisa Larosa-Lledo
- Ebonee Williams-King
An Ocular Genetic Counsellor (OGC) has specialized knowledge of eye genetics. OGCs meet with families who have one or more family members affected with a genetic eye condition. OGCs provide information and will discuss topics appropriate to your child’s diagnosis. This information includes the cause, inheritance pattern, risks, reproductive options, genetic testing, research opportunities, vision aids and support groups. Psychosocial matters related to vision loss can also be discussed. This process helps the family to make informed decisions and better understand the eye condition in their family. Learn more about genetic counselling here at SickKids. Our team includes:
- Heather Trang, M.Sc, M.Sc, CGC, CCGC
Scientists and researchers are an important part of the eye clinic. The aim of their work is to find the cause of vision problems and to discover treatment that will improve or save vision. Some of our staff ophthalmologists are also scientists and researchers.
- Dr. Carol Westall, Research Director
Volunteers perform various functions in the eye clinic and throughout SickKids. Volunteers are members of the community who give their time to help provide patient service and staff support. They wear royal blue vests or t-shirts so you can identify them easily.