Zaahid was born and raised in North Vancouver, and he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of British Columbia.
He completed a co-op work placement at Lynn Valley Optometry in 2015 before re-joining the LVO team in 2017 upon graduation. Zaahid loves educating and interacting with all of his patients, and his biggest reward is seeing smiles of their faces when they see improvements in any aspects of their lives. In his spare time, Zaahid enjoys playing sports and watching hockey. When he’s feeling lazy, you can find him winding down with a cozy blanket, a cup of coffee and a classic movie or TV show. He can quote practically every line from “Friends” – could he be any more obsessed?
Michelle has been in the optical industry for over 30 years, and embodies everything it takes to be a true professional.
Originally from San Diego, Michelle moved to North Vancouver in 2006, and her enthusiasm, knowledge of products, and keen eye for choosing the best and most unique frame made her a perfect fit for LVO when she joined the team in 2011. Each day, she works to build the self-esteem of each and every patient that she interacts with so they can feel better about how they look and feel. She strives to be a team player and help every staff member grow in his or her position. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring nature, pursuing her passion for photography, and spending quality time with her amazing daughter.
Certified Optician, AUS
Ruby was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to “Raincouver” and calling it home.
With over 8 years of experience as a qualified optician, her knowledge and skills were a valued addition to our LVO team. Ruby looks forward to getting to know each patient that walks through our clinic doors, and she takes pride in being able to offer personalized and practical vision care for each one of them. When she is not in the office, Ruby enjoys acting, writing, telling stories, and exploring the beautiful outdoor adventures that British Columbia has to offer. She always has a smile on her face, especially when there are popcorn and other treats in the office.
Samantha was born on Vancouver Island, but takes pride in growing up on the North Shore.
She has previous experience in the healthcare industry, which made her a perfect fit for our LVO team. Sam looks forward to interacting with new patients every day, and you can always count on her to be positive and energetic. Her greatest reward is seeing her Vision Therapy patients not only improve their visual system, but also learn life skills and boost their self confidence in everything that they do. She has experience helping adults and children with traumatic brain injuries, strabismus and amblyopia and learning related vision problems. When she is not in the office, she likes to spend her time reading, baking, hiking the local trails and spending time with her three daughters. Her favourite movie is Dirty Dancing, which is fitting because she makes sure that every patient has the time of their life while at the clinic!
Licensed Optician + Contact Lens Fitter
Lindsay grew up in Ottawa before moving to beautiful British Columbia and calling Langley home.
She has over 10 years of experience in both the hospitality and optical industries, and has completed her Diploma in Advanced Opticianry from Douglas College. Lindsay looks forward to helping patients achieve their individualized eyecare goals, and she is continually learning more about specialized contact lens fittings. During her spare time, Lindsay enjoys skating, trying out new recipes and exploring the creative arts. She loves staying up to date on the latest audiobooks, so feel free to talk about your favourite book when you see her in the office – chances are, she’s read it as well!
Patient Care Coordinator
Carla was born and raised in South Africa, before moving to North Vancouver to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Her previous experience at an ophthalmology clinic, as well as her optimistic and enthusiastic personality, made her a great fit as one of our patient coordinators at the front desk. Carla looks forward to interacting with new patients every day, and she is always excited and driven to provide an amazing clinic experience to each person that walks through our doors. During her spare time, Carla enjoys writing, music and driving through the beautiful North Shore neighbourhoods. Her favourite musical artist is Ariana Grande, but don’t worry! She’ll make sure to answer the clinic phone before she hears 7 rings.
Negar was born and raised in Iran, where she received a Bachelor of Social Science degree from Tehran University.
In 2014, she attended the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton to study opticianry. Upon graduation, she moved to Coquitlam and now calls British Columbia home. Negar looks forward to establishing meaningful relationships with every patient that she interacts with, and she strives to provide the best service. She enjoys learning from her colleagues and soaking in the positive environment at the clinic, which is why she always has a smile on her face. During her spare time, Negar enjoys walking, shopping and spending time with her family. She loves being outside, so you’ll often find her exploring Stanley Park or relaxing by the ocean. When the weather isn’t cooperating, Negar likes to cozy up inside and watch Ellen!
Dry Eye Treatment + Ocular Aesthetics Technician/Holistic Nutritionist
Zaneta was born and raised in a small town in Czech Republic before moving to Canada in 2013.
She graduated as a certified holistic nutritionist from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in 2019, and her knowledge of innovative health care made her a great fit to our LVO team. Zaneta is one of our IPL and Radio Frequency technicians for dry eye treatments and ocular aesthetics. She enjoys being around and interacting with people, and she always makes sure that our patients feel supported on both a professional and personal level. When she is not in the office, you can find Zaneta exploring the beautiful nature around us. She enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking and mountain biking, as well as discovering new healthy recipes for baking and cooking. She has a love for animals, and hopes to have her own dog one day!
Katelyn was born in Richmond and now lives in Burnaby. She graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology degree before pursuing a career in the world of optometry
She has 4 years of experience as a Vision Therapist, and contributes knowledge and compassion to our LVO team environment. She has experience helping adults and children with learning related vision problems, strabismus and amblyopia and traumatic brain injuries. Katelyn looks forward to meeting new patients everyday, and hopes to help each one of them achieve their goals and aspirations. She strives to make sure that all of her patients feel supported and comfortable. During her spare time, she enjoys watching TV and spending time outdoors with her dog.
Waseem was born and raised in Iraq before moving to Vancouver and calling it home.
He has extensive experience in the optical field, having previously worked as a machine operator and lab technician in other clinics. Waseem looks forward to assisting as many patients as he can, and he approaches every challenge with critical thinking and positivity. You will always see a smile on his face, especially when we are using our popcorn machine. During his spare time, Waseem enjoys playing and watching soccer, listening to music and catching up on the latest movies.
Contact Lens Specialist
Ali previously worked as an optometrist in Iran before moving to Vancouver and joining our team.
He has worked in both public and private eye clinics, and specializes in low vision rehabilitation. Ali enjoys having a busy schedule when he comes into the office because he wants to help as many patients as possible. He strives to think outside of the box, and always provides the best service and health care by integrating individual patient needs with extensive professional experience. Ali wants to make sure that all of his patients can see as clearly and comfortably as they do with their glasses! During his spare time, Ali enjoys hiking, reading and listening to the piano. He also loves watching Grey’s Anatomy and spending time with his lovely little family.