Professional Development Consultants (PDC)
CIBA VISION® is thrilled to offer a new and exclusive educational program designed exclusively for optometrists: the CIBA VISION® Professional Development Consultants Program.
All of our CIBA VISION® consultants have several years of experience running successful optometric practices and love the concept of "giving back" to the profession. Several PDCs have served on associations and boards to advance the profession and act as advocates to promote excellence in the profession. They will provide:
- Education on "best practices" for optometric practice management, including tips for hiring associates, staffing and optimizing practice efficiency.
- Clinical pearls on CIBA VISION® products, such as AIR OPTIX® AQUA MULTIFOCAL, AIR OPTIX® for ASTIGMATISM and AIR OPTIX® NIGHT & DAY® AQUA contact lenses.
- Scientific and technical data on new advances on CIBA VISION® products and trends and research in the field of cornea, tear film and contact lenses.
Dr. Mira Acs is a graduate the University of Waterloo and has been in private practice in downtown Toronto for 25 years. She has had extensive involvement in the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Vision Institute of Canada, serving as President of both bodies.
Dr. Acs is continually contacted by the media for expert and public service opinions and advice on eye health and vision care. She is a strong advocate for eye health care with frequent television, radio and print appearances.
Dr. Dorothy Barrie graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1990. She has a private practice in Saskatoon with one partner, one associate and eight staff.
Dr. Barrie has been involved as a board member with the Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists for ten years, and was President from 2001-2003. She is currently on the board of Horizon Laser Vision Center and recently completed an MBA at the University of Saskatchewan. Her interests include dry eye, nutrition, contact lenses and practice management.
Dr. Michael Kaplan is a graduate of the Optometry School in South Africa, as well as the Illinois School of Optometry.
Dr. Kaplan worked at the Johannesburg General Hospital and the St. John’s Eye Clinic in Baragwaneth Hospital, Soweto. He has had private practices in South Africa, England, and most recently, in Toronto. He serves as a speaker for various companies on the topics of contact lens products, spectacle lenses and materials. He has also served as an investigator on a number of contact lens-related clinical trial studies.
Dr. Brigitte Marchand is a graduate of McGill University (bachelor of science) and of the University of Montreal. Dr. Marchand has been in private practice for 25 years and is co-owner of a five-doctor practice with a staff of 15.
Dr. Marchand has participated in several round table discussions on the subject of contact lenses and management. Her office has frequently hosted optometry students for externship training. Dr. Marchand has participated in several humanitarian missions to Haiti, Peru, Benin and Honduras.
Dr. Diana Monea is a graduate of the School of Optometry in Waterloo. She is in private practice in Calgary and serves as the President of the Canadian Eye Health Centers, Inc.
Dr. Monea frequently works to provide seminars to diverse health care groups, including optometrists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners in eye health and disease. She also has hospital privileges and serves as a low vision consultant, as well as working with a multi-disciplinary medical clinic which specializes in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. Her practice is often frequented by third- and fourth-year optometry students for rotations.
Dr. Monea has participated in several industry-initiated professional affairs and marketing programs, including CIBA VISION® and Novartis.
Dr. Scott Mundle, a 1983 graduate of the University of Waterloo, began his involvement in organized optometry early in his career as a counselor for the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) in 1986. Since then, Dr. Mundle has taken active roles in various provincial committees, including Chair of the MAO Scope of Practice Committee, Chair of the Manitoba Law Reform Commission Review and Secretary-Treasurer, Vice-President and President of MAO.
Dr. Mundle became the Manitoba Councilor to the Canadian Association of Optometrists in 1996, and he served on a variety of national committees, including as Chair, Publications Committee and Public Visual Welfare Committee. Added to this, Dr. Mundle preserves his member-status at the MAO Legislation Committee, and he was the first non-American appointed to the Licensure and Regulation Committee for the American Optometric Association, St. Louis, MO. Dr. Mundle was President of the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) from 2002 to 2004, and currently is the Canadian Delegate to the World Council of Optometry.
Married to University of Waterloo classmate, Dr. Michelle Georgi, the couple has three children, Cameron, Kirsten and Kent. On chance that any other free time presents itself, Dr. Mundle dedicates it to marathon running.
Dr. Judith Parks is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and runs a private practice with two associate optometrists and a staff of nine.
Dr. Parks served on the board of the Ontario Association of Optometrists for ten years, including two years as President. She continues to volunteer as the Association’s representative to the University of Waterloo Optometry Admissions Committee. Dr. Parks has been a clinician at the School of Optometry and has provided externship placements for students. She continually gives presentations on ocular health, practice management and contact lens-related topics.
Dr. Patrick Simard has practiced at the Bélanger clinic since obtaining his Doctorate in Optometry from the University of Montreal in January 2002. In 2006, he obtained a Masters Degree in Vision Sciences from the same university for his research work on keratoconus. He has been a partner at the clinic since 2006. In 2008, he obtained the title of FAAO from the American Academy of Optometry. He completed an MBA at HEC Montreal in 2010.
Dr. Simard has been a clinician in contact lenses at the University of Montreal's School of Optometry (specializing in gas-permeable lens adjustment) since 2003. He also teaches Practice Management to third-year students. He was an optometrist for a refractive surgery center (LASIK) for five years. He is a member of the question writing committee for the ocular therapeutics exam offered by the Canadian Standard Assessment in Optometry (CSAO). Dr. Simard is a board member of the OSI group. He is the author of several peer-reviewed publications on keratoconus and the cornea.
Dr. Nixon (Nick) White graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He has practiced in Surrey/North Delta for over 25 years in a well-respected and progressive multi-doctor clinic.
Professionally, Dr. White has served as the Treasurer and Office Manager of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists. Additionally, Dr. White has served as chairman for the Advertising, Public Relations and Contact Lens committees of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists. He has held an appointment to the Health Care Practitioners Special Committee for Audit within the BC Ministry of Health Services. Dr. White has also been a clinical investigator for various ophthalmic manufacturers.
Dr. Gordon Young is a 1978 graduate of the Doctorate of Optometry program at the School of Optometry, University of Waterloo and completed advanced therapeutics certification from the same school in 2001. In 1979, he established the Barrhaven Optometric Center in Ottawa and now provides primary eye care with five other optometrists and an ophthalmologist in this practice.
Being a strong advocate for optometry, he has served the optometric community as President of the Ottawa Society of Optometrists, as a board and executive member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and as Chairman of the Occupational Vision Plan in Ontario. He has a keen interest in contact lens therapy and has consulted on advisory panels and participated in clinical trials for contact lens and solution companies. He is proud to be a primary care practitioner in optometry.