THE STAFF AT A-Ha Vision
Our exceptional vision therapist and vision care staff in Oakville, Ontario, look forward to helping you and your family with all your vision needs. At A-Ha Vision, we are dedicated to optimizing your eye and vision care.
Meet Our Team in Oakville, Ontario
Pamela graduated as an optometrist (OD) from the University of La Salle, Bogotá, Colombia. She practiced for more than 15 years at her native city of Bucaramanga, both in her private practice as well as an associate at an Ophthalmology clinic. Her main area of interest was in orthoptics. She was also a professor at the School of Optometry in Colombia.
Following her move to Canada, she worked for Essilor Canada as a Lens Representative, then she worked for Ciba Vision Canada as their Professional Affairs Director of Canada. Her passion in orthoptics, however, drew her back to continuing her education and advancing her career by registering with the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) in the United States where she was conferred her COVT certification as a Vision Therapist in 2016. She also trained with Vision Therapy Canada (VTC) on their Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program (PVTAP) and obtained her PVT certification in 2017. Later that same year, she completed the five Curriculum Courses from the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF).
In 2018, OEPF appointed her as one of their Curriculum Course Instructors trainees and their representative for Latin America. VTC also contracted her as one of their hands-on workshop instructors. In 2019, the Colombian College and Federation of Optometrists (FEDOPTO) named her the Director for the International chapter of their Federation.
Pamela is an active member of the COVD, VTC, OEPF, FEDOPTO, and The Latin America Association of Optometrist and Opticians, (ALDOO).
Currently, she dedicates her professional time to Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation for patients with learning-related vision problems, visual dysfunctions, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Acquired/traumatic brain injuries and Autism. She is still in her training process to teach the OEP Curriculum Courses in Spanish speaking countries.
Pamela continues to expand her knowledge by attending continuing education courses and conferences nationally and internationally.
We, at A-Ha Vision, are very happy that Pamela is part of our team and that she is able to bring her impetuous passion, wealth of knowledge and expertise to change the lives of our patients, one at a time.
Health, Happiness and Gratitude are words that best describe Maxine and her outlook on life. She is grateful for every experience life has given her, and for all the lessons learned that formed who she is today. Helping others is second nature and has been practiced over many volunteer positions, fundraising projects and through her work life – most recently in her career as Vision Therapist at A-Ha Vision in Oakville.
Maxine attended Vision Therapy Canada’s Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program (PVTAP) and was in the first graduating class where she obtained her PVT certification in 2017.
She has completed courses in Neuro-Motor Maturity: Optimizing Vision Therapy through Testing and Integration of Primitive Reflexes; Neurorehabilitation through the Ontario Brain Injury Association and Brock University; Concussion Management Workshops through Concussion Rehab Works and the University of Toronto; The Exotropia Seminar through the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF); Concussion Prevention, Detection and Management as a MOOC through the University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology; and continues to expand her knowledge by attending continuing education courses and conferences at every opportunity!
Outside of the field of Behavioural Optometry, Maxine received her Degree in Business as well as a concurrent Certificate in Psychology at Ryerson University, and is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner through the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
Currently, Maxine dedicates her professional time to Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation for patients with learning-related vision problems, visual dysfunctions, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Acquired/traumatic brain injuries, Autism and children and adults with retained primitive reflexes.
“After many years in the corporate world, making money for big business, I realized that what was missing from my life was the opportunity to make a difference in other people’s lives. I started in optometry years ago, working in the dispensary, and enjoyed it because it was fun to help people look good, and see well. As a Vision Therapist, I have uncovered my true calling. Helping people learn to hone their visual skills directly impacts the quality of their lives. The happiness and gratitude I get back from the breakthroughs and “A-Ha” moments in the clinic are so rewarding that I can’t imagine being in a more meaningful career.”
With an eye toward all things health related, and a particular interest in helping patients better their lives through Vision Therapy, Maxine is thrilled to be part of the team at A-Ha Vision and part of this great community of Vision Therapists and Behavioural Optometrists.