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Our Team

Meet the Team

Our people are the heartbeat of everything we’ve built to serve you at Komoka Optometry. We’ve assembled the perfect team of friendly faces and seasoned professionals to bring you the exceptional eye care and caring customer service you deserve. We love our team and we know you will too.

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Dr. Christina Chan

OWNER | OPTOMETRIST

Everything you see at Komoka Optometry–from the team members you meet, to the interior design, our collection of frames and state-of-the-art technology–is built on Dr.Christina Chan’s dream of giving Komoka the gift of good vision. From an early age, Dr. Chan knew she loved helping people and wanted to channel that passion into her own medical practice. After receiving her Honours Bachelor of Medical Science (with a double major in Pharmacology, Toxicology and Physiology) from the University of Western Ontario in her hometown of London, Ontario, Dr. Chan went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University in Florida in 2011. As a Doctor of Optometry, Dr. Chan makes it her goal to care for her clients by building strong relationships and treating each patient like family. She’s based her practice on her commitment to ensuring your eye health and vision is well cared for by taking the time to get to know you and understand your unique needs on a personal level. As the co-owner of Upper Richmond Optometry in Arva, Dr. Chan is now bringing her passion for new evolutions in eye care and her unique style and fashion sense to Komoka and its surrounding areas.

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Dr. Stephanie McLellan

OPTOMETRIST

Having grown up down the road from Komoka, Dr. Stephanie McLellan is thrilled to have the chance to connect with and serve patients close to her hometown. She is passionate about her career in optometry and is always looking for ways to continue to learn and grow with her patients. Dr. McLellan spent three years living and training at the National Ballet School in Toronto, before pursuing a career in vision science. Dr. McLellan attended the University of Western Ontario and then received both her Bachelor of Vision Science and her Doctor of Optometry degree at Nova Southeastern University in Florida (where she won the Pioneer Ophthalmic Primary Care award for excellence as a clinician). Dr. McLellan has a special interest in Sports Vision and binocular vision disorders, and has provided vision screening for Special Olympics athletes and assisted participants in the Lighthouse of Broward County’s Yoga for the Blind. Dr. McLellan is driven by her goal of having a positive impact on every patient she sees by making them feel heard, well taken care of and comfortable. 

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Dr. Simran Grewal

OPTOMETRIST

Over the past two decades, Dr. Simran Grewal has left a profound impact on patients, spanning multiple continents. Originally from Mississauga, her academic journey commenced at McMaster University, where she obtained a BSc before venturing into optometry in the UK. Notably, Dr. Grewal serves as the Clinical Director of Special Olympics Canada, advocating for individuals with special needs across both Canada and the USA. Outside of her professional achievements, Dr. Grewal finds joy in exploration. As an enthusiastic traveler and hiker, she embraces a fitness-driven lifestyle. In 2023, she and her husband made Komoka their home, driven by a desire to serve the community. With an interest in dry eye management and myopia control, she provides tailored insights into frame choices and contact lens use, always considering individual lifestyles.

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Lydia Nancekivell

OFFICE MANAGER

With over 30 years of experience and eight years on Dr. Chan’s optometry team, Lydia’s first priority is building long-lasting relationships with new Komoka Optometry patients. Having settled in this area just two years ago, she has wholeheartedly embraced the local community and feels privileged to be an integral part of it. As part of the team at Komoka Optometry, Lydia is here to assist you with all aspects of your visit to make sure you have only an excellent experience. With decades of experience in the optometry industry, Lydia eagerly pursued further professional growth and accomplishments. In 2022, she successfully obtained her Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA) and Ocular Hygienist certification, solidifying her expertise and commitment to excellence. She is thrilled to be part of the team building Komoka Optometry from the ground up to serve you and your vision needs. Lydia loves interacting with patients every day and is always excited to offer travel tips on some of her favorite destinations–Switzerland is her favorite!

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Amber Letwin

OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT

Alyssa, our passionate Optometric Assistant, brings her dedication to top-notch patient care and love for interactions to Komoka Optometry. Currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University, she values the patient-centric approach and exceptional teamwork dynamics at the clinic. Her role involves ensuring seamless eye exams and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all patients. Beyond academics, Alyssa actively explores the fascinating link between visual input and the brain through research. As she nears completion of her undergraduate journey, Alyssa sets her sights on a Master’s degree in neuroscience. Her belief in the profound impact of every patient interaction fuels her drive to excel in the realms of eye care and neuroscience. Alyssa’s passion and thirst for knowledge promise an exciting future ahead.

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Danielle Van de Ven

PATIENT CARE COORDINATOR

As our Patient Care Coordinator, Danielle offers continuous support to all patients at Komoka Optometry, ensuring they leave with a positive and unforgettable experience. Her commitment to excellence shines through as she facilitates patient referrals, schedules appointments, and arranges dry eye clinic sessions, making each patient feel like a cherished part of the Komoka Optometry family. With a proud educational background from Western University and Fanshawe College, she cherishes her life with her family and enjoys spending quality time with loved ones. Danielle’s passion for design and retail has aligned perfectly with providing exceptional vision care experiences. Her belief in determination and genuine passion fuels her contributions to the team’s success.

Alyssa Fonseca

Alyssa Fonseca

OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT

Alyssa, our passionate Optometric Assistant, brings her dedication to top-notch patient care and love for interactions to Komoka Optometry. Currently pursuing an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences at Western University, she values the patient-centric approach and exceptional teamwork dynamics at the clinic. Her role involves ensuring seamless eye exams and fostering a welcoming atmosphere for all patients. Beyond academics, Alyssa actively explores the fascinating link between visual input and the brain through research. As she nears completion of her undergraduate journey, Alyssa sets her sights on a Master’s degree in neuroscience. Her belief in the profound impact of every patient interaction fuels her drive to excel in the realms of eye care and neuroscience. Alyssa’s passion and thirst for knowledge promise an exciting future ahead.

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Diana Rodrigues

OPTICAL ASSISTANT

While her childhood dreams once revolved around the culinary arts, Diana’s journey has led her to embrace a fulfilling role in the optical field while nurturing her passion for cooking and hosting gatherings for cherished family and friends. A proud graduate from Medix College, Diana has remained rooted in her hometown of Strathroy, where she currently resides with her family.Since 2023, Diana has been an integral part of the Komoka Optometry team. In her role as an Optical  Assistant, she takes immense delight in guiding patients through the process of selecting frames that accentuate their personal style. Educating patients about the advancements in lens technology is a cherished aspect of her work, and witnessing the joy on their faces when they collect their new glasses brings her immeasurable satisfaction. With her Medical Office certificate and Certified Canadian Optometric Assistant (CCOA) designation, Diana exemplifies her commitment to professional growth and expertise. She firmly believes in the power of hard work and self-belief to overcome adversities.

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Emily Jackson

RECEPTIONIST

Nestled in Mount Brydges with her fiancé, Emily flourishes within a tight-knit community. Her roles extend well beyond the receptionist desk, reflecting her vibrant spirit and commitment to community growth. A familiar face around town, Emily orchestrates lively markets with Local Galore, serving as a bridge between local businesses and fostering strong community bonds. Additionally, she imparts her musical talents, offering lessons in Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Flute, and Drums, nurturing budding talents within local households.As the cheerful voice that often greets you over the phone, Emily ensures the seamless flow of appointments from start to finish. leaving our patients with a positive experience and a smile. Her profound dedication to supporting local businesses is deeply rooted, as evidenced by her accolades – she was honored in the Peter Fragiskatos’ North London Honour Roll in 2020 and named a recipient of the 2021 Business London top 20 in their 20’s award. Her multifaceted pursuits embody her commitment to creating a more vibrant and connected community, leaving an indelible mark on all those she touches.

Kelsey Khan

OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT  |  OCULAR HYGIENIST

Kelsey, a recent Western University graduate, infuses her role at Komoka Optometry with a lively spirit and healthcare passion. Her zest for life extends to travel, including a semester in Australia, and sports like tennis and pickleball with friends.
Academically accomplished, Kelsey holds an Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Specialization in Rehabilitation Science. Community service is close to her heart, particularly caring for children with disabilities, organizing joyful and educational outings.
Joining Komoka Optometry has been heartwarming for Kelsey. The supportive atmosphere and commitment to innovative eye care have sparked her enthusiasm. As an Optometric Assistant and Ocular Hygienist, she embraces each day as a chance to learn, aiming to enhance eye health and create memorable patient experiences.

Eva Pielechaty

OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT

As an Optometric Assistant, whose career path in the world of optometry began in 2013, Eva’s journey includes a diploma in Office Administration/Office Systems from Georgian College in Barrie and Medical Administration from Seneca College. She’s passionate about exceptional patient care, finding joy in patients’ happiness, especially when they’re pleased with new glasses. Eva stays updated on dry eye management trends and appreciates Komoka Optometry’s professionalism and technology. Her role’s highlight is seeing satisfied patients leave with smiles, and she enjoys making children feel comfortable during visits. Eva warmly welcomes patients, utilizing advanced tech for testing and medical histories, ensuring preparedness for eye exams. At the front desk, she ensures positive experiences, planning to enhance her expertise as a Certified Canadian Optometric Assistant. Outside work, Eva treasures time with her family and teacup chihuahua, bonding over boating and travel. She believes her extra efforts leave a lasting impression on patients, contributing to Komoka Optometry’s excellence. Eva’s dedication and passion make her integral to the clinic’s success.

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Amber Letwin

LICENSED OPTICIAN | FRAME STYLIST

As a licensed optician with the National Association of Canadian Optician Regulators, Amber brings both professional training and years of experience to help you find glasses and lenses that fit your face, vision needs and personality. After completing her Fine Arts diploma in 2007, a summer job at an optical lab sparked her passion for the optical industry and a love for following the latest in eyewear trends. At Komoka Optometry, Amber brings her artful eye and knowledge of latest trends to help you choose frames that complete your look, with an easy-to-wear fit. Personally, Amber loves to meet new customers to hear their stories and to share her love of the outdoors, support for local businesses and volunteerism for ALS Canada in return.

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