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.
Lisa was born and raised right here in Vancouver, and takes pride in being one of the few “true blue” Vancouverites in the office. She is currently certified as an Early Childhood Educator with several years experience in the daycare industry, and is also certified by the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation (COVT&R). With her love of children and passion for teaching, LVO was the perfect fit for Lisa. Her greatest reward is seeing her patients not only improve their visual system, but also learn life skills and boost their self confidence in everything that they do. Lisa is a proud mom of three amazing, now grown-up kids. She loves travelling whenever she can and, one day, hopes to check off one of her bucket list dreams to help orphaned wildlife at a sanctuary in Africa.
Jennifer was born and raised in Markham, Ontario, before moving to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia. She is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree, specializing in Life Science, Computer Science and Earth and Ocean Science, but is currently during an 8-month co-op work placement at the clinic. Jennifer looks forward to educating and speaking with a wide diversity of patients each day, and she loves seeing smiles throughout the clinic. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time in the sun, listening to music or bouldering at The Hive – you could say that she rocks at the last one!
Gurbir was born and raised in Burnaby, and attended Burnaby Central Secondary before pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of British Columbia, where he specializes in Honours Biophysics. Currently, he is completing an 8-month co-op work placement at the clinic. He is very interested in learning more about the field of optometry, and enjoys working with friendly doctors and team members. When Gurbir is not in the clinic, you can find him researching and building computers, playing video games or binge-watching Game of Thrones. He doesn’t spend too much time outdoors because winter is coming. If you can’t find him in the clinic, he is most likely feeding his coffee addiction at Delany’s.
Courtney was born and raised in North Vancouver before moving to Burnaby. Her previous experience as an esthetician made her a great fit as one of our diagnostic and Intense IPL technicians. She looks forward to interacting with new patients every day, and you can always count on her to be positive and energetic. When Courtney is not in the office, she likes to spend her time reading, running, hiking the local trails and spending time with her daughter. If the weather isn’t cooperating, you can find her catching up on the latest episode of The Newsroom!
Like many of our team members, Lori was born and raised right here in the heart of North Vancouver. She previously worked as a licensed Skin Therapist and Laser Technician for 12 years at various spas and medi-spas throughout the North Shore, which made her a perfect fit as a diagnostic and IPL technician. Lori looks forward to working with her team members and to genuinely being happy every day she comes into the clinic. In her spare time, Lori enjoys going on adventures to Lynn Canyon with her son, as well as going to the beach to collect wood, shells and seaglass to make amazing crafts. Her favourite TV shows are “Seinfeld” and “New Girl”, and her favourite movie is any film that stars Harrison Ford.
Rosa was born and raised in Iran before moving to Coquitlam. Like many of our team members, Rosa has a passion for the world of ocular and patient health care. She previously worked as an ophthalmologist assistant at a Retinitis Pigmentosa clinic before joining Lynn Valley Optometry. She enjoys getting to know all patients that enter our clinic, and she strives to make a difference in each of their lives. She is a firm believer in continuous education, and treats every moment and interaction as a learning opportunity. When Rosa is not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time in nature and watching mystery movies – the more intriguing, the better!
Tricia was born and raised in South Africa, but has lived in Vancouver for over 25 years. She has a Commerce qualification from the University of Witerwaterand, and is certified as a bookkeeper and teacher. She has previous experience as a business coach, business consultant, and a member of the Coaches Federation Council, as well as an executive director and office manager in the field of optometry, which made her a great fit for our team. Tricia strives to improve the lives of each person that she interacts with, and she loves to make a difference through her positivity. When she is not in the office, she enjoys reading, dancing, listening to music and cooking. When it’s not raining, you can also find her hiking a local trail or exploring the best of what this city has to offer.
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.
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.
Roseanne was born and raised in New Westminster before moving to Lynn Valley and calling North Vancouver home. She has extensive retail and customer service experience, having previously worked for Starbucks and Bed Bath & Beyond. Rosie looks forward to getting to know each patient that comes to our clinic, and she enjoys spending quality time with her amazing team members each day. When she is not in the office, Rosie is always up for anything fun! She enjoys horseback riding, hiking, spending time with her daughter and listening to music. Her favourite song is “The Thunder Rolls” by Garth Brooks, which is quite fitting for someone who lives in Vancouver!
Like many of our team members, Shamin was born and raised in beautiful Vancouver. He is currently working towards his Bachelor of Business Administration at Capilano University, with the hopes of pursuing HR management in the future. Shamin has previous experience in Account Receivables and front desk customer service, which made him a great fit for our clinic. He looks forward to interacting with different patients each day, and you can always count on him to greet you with a big smile or offer you a delicious latte or tea (which he is often enjoying himself). During his spare time, Shamin enjoys travelling, going to the beach and hiking Quarry Rock. He was also recently voted “Most Fashionable” by his fellow team members.