Dr. Gail Akerman
Dr. G.Akerman obtained a double major in Biochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry graduating with cum laude honours in 1994. She worked in cancer research at Maimonides Hospital from 1994 to 1995. Dr. Akerman later graduated from SUNY College of Optometry in New York City in 1999 with honours as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa international optometric honour society. She practiced under a corneal specialist with experience in LASIK pre-op and post-op, cataract surgeries, and glaucoma management. Dr. Akerman was the on-call OD at Wyckoff Hospital in Queens NY before moving to Arizona, where she practiced full scope optometry with TPA for 8 years. In 2010, she and her family moved to Canada where she started a new practice at Costco. She enjoys yoga, travelling, and spending time with her twin boys and daughter.
Dr. Curtis Akerman
Dr. C. Akerman obtained his Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo in 1995 and graduated from SUNY College of Optometry in New York City in 1999. Dr. Akerman practiced in New York with top glaucoma specialist who helped developed and tested OCT/GDx. In addition, he practiced in Arizona for 8 years in managed care setting specializing in CRT and specialized contact lens fitting. Dr Akerman has been an active volunteer,traveling to Nicaragua to provide eye exams and glasses to people living inunderprivileged areas. He enjoys playing and coaching hockey, skiing and travelling
Dr. Melissa Oliver
Dr. Oliver received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo, graduating with Dean's List recognition.She was also the recipient of the Ontario Association of Optometry Award for Excellence in Patient Management in her graduating year. Following her optometry training, Dr. Oliver participated in a three-week optometric mission trip to Ecuador and in the Opening Eyes program for Olympic athletes at the Special Olympics. Dr. Oliver is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and has an interest in Dry Eye Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy, Low Vision Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching and playing hockey in Oakville, crossfit, camping, reading and cooking.
Dr. Linda Nguyen
Dr. Nguyen received her Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Waterloo. She then obtained her Doctor of Optometry degree with high distinction and a BSc in Vision Science from Nova Southeastern University. During her final year of study, she completed an extensive ocular disease rotation at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Nguyen worked alongside an oculoplastic specialist in Texas before returning home to Canadian winters. She enjoys practicing full scope optometry and is dedicated in helping patients maintain good visual and ocular health. Outside of the office, she enjoys traveling, snowboarding and is a big foodie.
Dr. Marlene Stepanians
Dr. Stepanians received her Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto majoring in Biology and double minor in Sociology and Psychology. Additionally she completed a year of extensive research in visual perception and cognition within the Geriatric population. She then obtained her Doctor of Optometry Degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston. Dr. Stepanians had the opportunity to work in many health centres within underprivileged populations during her time in Boston. She also did an extensive rotation in a Veterans Affairs Hospital focusing on Ocular disease and geriatric populations. Furthermore she had the privilege of working side-by-side with a general ophthalmologist, seeing pre and post-op cataract surgeries and managing glaucoma. Dr. Stepanians has an interest in corneal disease, pediatrics and contact lenses. She can speak English, Armenian and Farsi fluently and picked up some Spanish during her time in the United States. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, camping, travelling and making bridal head pieces.