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Doctors Dobbelsteyn, Davis, Gray, and Sangster have built a longstanding practice which has always advocated a “health care first” approach. They have earned an enviable reputation in the community they serve, and they continue to provide excellent vision care with a “sight for life” outlook.

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Dr. Dobbelsteyn was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the seventh of eight children. He graduated from Fredericton High School in 1975 and went on to further studies at Dalhousie University and subsequently the University of Waterloo, where he received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 1980. Following graduation David began practice with Dr. Thom Lawrence and Dr. Glen Isabel in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. In 1981, he joined Dr. Paul Gray in Halifax when they took over Ron Wallace’s Optometry practice on Granville Street.

Dr. Dobbelsteyn’s areas of special interest include contact lenses, treatment of external eye disease, and pre- and postoperative refractive surgery care. David has participated in many professional activities and committees. For over 25 years he has been actively involved with Canadian Vision Care, a charity providing eye care, glasses and surgical opportunities to the underprivileged in developing countries and continues to volunteer annually at a special glaucoma clinic set up in the mountains of Jamaica. In 2013, David was recognized for his volunteer work when he was presented with the University of Waterloo’s Alumni of Honor Award.

David married Cindy MacDonald, a speech-language pathologist, in 1984, they have two adult children Erin and Gregory, and reside in central Halifax. Their leisure interests include biking, skiing, golfing and adventure travel. During their free time they can be found ocean kayaking and enjoying their cottage with family and friends in Malagash, Nova Scotia.

Curriculum Vitae

Education:
Dalhousie University 1975/76
University of Waterloo, Doctor of Optometry (OD), 1980
Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Treatment certification, NSAO and University of Pennsylvania,1995

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)

Current Professional Activities:
Co-chair of the Comprehensive Eye Care Committee ( NSAO)
Co-chair and founding member (1985) of the Nova Scotia EyeCare Working Group (ECWG, NSAO )

Past Professional Activities:
Council member, NSAO
Chair of Continuing Education committee, NSAO
Chair of the DPA/legislative committee, NSAO
Chair of the MSI negotiating committee, NSAO

Volunteer Work:
Active member of Canadian Vision Care charity since 1984
Member of the IWK Health Centre/ Eyecare Center Hockey Pool Fundraiser since 1992
Past Chair of Lot Owners Association, Malagash, Nova Scotia.
Former youth coach in hockey, basketball and soccer

Publications:
Scholarly Journal Article: A study of referrals from Optometrists to Ophthalmologists, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 2014

Dr. Davis was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1962. He grew up the oldest of three children. Following high school, Carl completed his first year of university at Memorial. Having an interest in physics and optics, he considered the Optometry Program at the University of Waterloo. He graduated in the spring of 1986 with a Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in Optometry.

He enjoyed his years in Southern Ontario, but still had a desire to be close the ocean and moved to Halifax, also in 1986. In that same year, he joined, Dobbelsteyn and Gray, as an associate. He joined as a partner in 1988, the same year that the practice moved location from Granville Street to its current location on Brunswick Street.

Within his profession, Dr. Davis has very been involved over the years, having serving on many committees of the Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO). He was elected to a two-year term as President in 1995 to 1997. Previously, he had served two-terms as Vice-President and one year as Secretary Treasurer. In the years following his term as President, he very actively participated in a joint Optometry/Ophthalmology committee designed to provide better eye care to the citizens of Nova Scotia. He has been equally engaged with Nova Scotia College of Optometrists. There he as served as Legislative Chair, Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Board.

Personally, Carl is married to his lovely wife, Anne-Marie, who is a Pharmacist and have two sons Ryan and Christopher. They reside in Halifax but also spend many hours of pleasure swimming and boating at their lakefront cottage in Lunenburg County. Carl has been active in sailing over many years and now has the opportunity to race alongside his sons.

Curriculum vitae

Educational Achievements:
University of Waterloo, Doctor of Optometry (OD), 1986
University of Waterloo, Bachelor of Science (BSc), 1986

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)

Current Professional Activities:
Past Chair of NS College of Optometrists 2013

Past Professional Activities:
Past Vice-Chair of NS College of Optometrists (NSCO) 2011-2013
Board Member of the NSCO
Chairperson, Legislative Committee, NSCO
President, NS Association of Optometrists, (NSAO)1995-97
Vice-President, NSAO, 1993-95
Secretary Treasurer, NSAO 1989-91
Chairperson, NSAO Annual General Meeting Organizing Committee 1991-93
Chairperson, NSAO Children’s Vision Committee
Committee member, NSAO Comprehensive Eyecare Committee Comprehensive Eye Care Committee (a 
Government and Blueprint Committee forming and eye care 
policy with Optometry, Ophthalmology, and Family Physicians)
NSAO Council Member, 1987-99

Dr. Gray was born in Halifax, and spent his early years in Nova Scotia. As part of an Air Force family, he moved to Ontario as a youngster, and was schooled with aboriginal classmates in the far north until grade eight. High School was completed in North Bay and Toronto, and subsequently Paul was accepted to the University of Waterloo Science program, followed by the Optometry program, graduating in 1980 as a Doctor of Optometry.

Dr. Gray began Optometry practice for his first year as working independently for Dr.I.A. Mendleson and associates in Sackville, NS. In 1981, he joined Dr.David Dobbelsteyn in practice on Granville Street, Halifax, taking over practice from Ron Wallace. He also credits Drs. Lawrence and Isabel in Bridgewater, and Dr. R. Rosere in Dartmouth for their mentorship during the beginning of his career.

Dr. Gray’s areas of special interest include contact lenses, glaucoma screening, ocular disease in the diabetic population, and refractive surgery pre and postoperative care.

Dr. Gray is married to Dr. Toby Mandelman, also an Optometrist. They reside in the Tantallon area, and enjoy outdoor activities together. Kayaking, hiking, cycling and adventure travel are passions for both. Paul is extensively involved in competitive motor sports as a racing/performance driving instructor and also competes at multiple levels of road racing competition. He has earned a third degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He is an avid downhill skier, a golfer, and he plays gentleman’s league hockey.

Curriculum vitae

Education:
University of Waterloo, Doctor of Optometry (OD), 1980

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)

Current Professional Activities:
Board Member, NS College of Optometrists
Member of Practice Enhancement Committee

Past Professional Activities:
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Optometric Services Inc. (OSI- a 1600 member coop-Canada’s largest Group of Independent Optometrists)
President Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists 1987-88
Provincial Chairman, National Advisory Committee on Vision Care Plans
Provincial Chairman, Practice Enhancement Committee
Provincial Chairman, Practice Appraisal Committee
Vice President, OSI
Vice President, Securo Inc. (a subsidiary of OSI)
Completed an intensive course for Therapeutic Pharmaceuticals in conjunction with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1998
Board of Directors Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) NS/PEI Division-6 year term
Council member NSAO (11 years)
Volunteer with CVC (Canadian Vision Care) third world eye care; Trinidad, Anguilla, Saba, St. Martin.
Chief Organizer for Kosovo refugee vision care project in Nova Scotia 1999
Chairperson Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Committee NSAO
Advisor for legislative issues NSAO.
Advisor for therapeutic issues Capital Health District Authority
Numerous clinical round tables participant- WJ, Ciba, Vistakon
Clinical studies participant practitioner – Ocular Sciences, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson

Dr. Sangster was born in Halifax in 1972, and grew up the oldest of three brothers in Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia. He graduated from Bedford’s Charles P. Allen High School in 1990 and accepted an academic scholarship to attend Saint Mary’s University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. He was then accepted to the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry program.

During his studies at Waterloo, he completed an ocular disease placement at a surgical centre and Veteran’s Affairs outpatient clinic in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Waterloo in 1998 as a Doctor of Optometry.

Following graduation. Dr. Sangster was thrilled to return to his home, the east coast, to join Drs. Dobbelsteyn, Davis & Gray in 1998 and eventually become a partner in 2003.

Dr. Sangster is married to Andrea Chute and together they have three children. He takes pleasure in spending family time at their cottage in Queens County. He is an avid cyclist in competition and for personal pleasure.

Curriculum vitae

Education:
University of Waterloo, Doctor of Optometry, 1998
Saint Mary’s University, Bachelor of Science, 1994

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)
Past Professional Activities:
President, NSAO (2004-2005)
Vice President, NSAO (2003)
Council Member, NSAO (1999 – 2007)
Chairperson, Practice Enhancement Committee
Contact lens clinical trials
Co-Editor of the NSAO Member Newsletter
Active involvement in other NSAO and NSCO Committees

Dr. Roach was born in Corner Brook, NL. She spent her early childhood in Gander, NL, before moving to Riverview, NB. After graduating from Riverview High School, she studied at McGill University in Montréal, where she was captain of the varsity swim team. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2012 and moved to Texas to attend the University of Houston College of Optometry.

During her time in Houston, Dr. Roach completed external rotations at Space Center Eye Associates and the Robert Cizik Eye Clinic at Memorial Hermann Hospital. She gained extensive exposure to medical optometry including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, ocular trauma, and neuro-optometry. She also performed inpatient examinations at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR Memorial Hermann), focusing on the alleviation of visual symptoms following traumatic brain injury. Her special interests lie in dry eye disease, specialty contact lens fittings for irregular and degenerative corneas, and pediatrics. She is also passionate about providing care to adults and children with special needs.

Dr. Roach graduated cum laude with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2016 and was ecstatic to return to the east coast to join the Insight Optometry team. She enjoys swimming, running, hiking, and spending time outdoors. She has one half-marathon under her belt and hopes to complete more in the future!

Curriculum vitae

Education:
University of Houston, Doctor of Optometry, 2016
McGill University, Bachelor of Science, 2012

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)

Awards:
Dr. Seymour Galina Scholarship Grant 2015 from Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation
Varilux Student Grant Award Program 2015 from Essilor USA
VSP/AOF Practice Excellent Scholarship 2015 from the American Optometric Foundation and VSP Global

University of Houston Graduating Honours:
Ebling Award in Medical Contact Lens Patient Care
Clinical Excellence Specialty Award in Cornea and Contact Lens
Optelec Low Vision Award
Outstanding Grand Rounds Award. Topic: Juvenile Xanthogranuloma

Dr. McMullin grew up on Cape Breton Island, the oldest of two girls. After graduating high school from Sydney Academy she began university at St. Francis Xavier where she studied Biology. From there an interest in the human body and mechanisms of infection led her into the Immunology program at Dalhousie University. Before completion of the degree, she was admitted to the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo in 2006.

Dr.McMullin grew up on Cape Breton Island, the oldest of two girls. After graduating high school from Sydney Academy she studied biology at St. Francis Xavier. From there an interest in the human body and mechanisms of infection led her into the Immunology program at Dalhousie University. Before completion of the degree, she was admitted to the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo in 2006.

Dr. McMullin’s desire to become an Optometrist was sparked at a very young age (nine according to old journals!) after watching her uncle build many wonderful relationships through a successful practice of his own.

Dr. McMullin graduated with an honours Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2010 after completing a four month ocular disease externship with Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She valued the opportunity to practice optometry in the hospital setting and developed a keen interest in management of diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, macular degeneration and the many eye related complications to poor general health.

In her spare time Laura enjoys surfing, golf, travelling and the humbling experience of eye care mission work and volunteer endeavours. She has worked with ICARE International, Canadian Vision Care and Project Connect San Francisco to provide free eye care and lenses to those without healthcare privileges. As chairperson for the NSAO Community Outreach committee Dr. McMullin coordinates yearly eye exams and glasses for underprivileged Nova Scotians through Project Connect events in both Halifax and Sydney. Laura is passionate about her efforts in this capacity and plans to do her next international eye care work in Malawi, Africa.

Dr. McMullin resides in the downtown area with her fiancé Gavin. They just recently welcomed twin boys Oliver and Lawson to the world!

Curriculum vitae

Educational Achievements:
University of Waterloo, Doctor of Optometry (Honours) 2010

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)

Current Professional Activities:
Chairperson NSAO Community Outreach Committee 2013-present
San Francisco Project Connect Volunteer 2015- present
Volunteer Canadian Vision Care 2011-present

Past Professional Activities:
NSAO council member (2012-2013)
Chairperson NSAO Occupational Vision Committee, Public Education Committee 2012
Member Children’s Vision Committee (NSAO) 2011
Canadian Association of Optometric Students (CAOS) (2006-2010)
ICARE International, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, February 2009
Completed a Specialty Contact Lens training seminar 2009, The Vision Care Institute, Johnson & Johnson, Jacksonville, Florida.
Chairperson NSAO Occupational Vision Committee, Public Education Committee 2012
Member Children’s Vision Committee (NSAO) 2011
Canadian Association of Optometric Students (CAOS) (2006-2010)
ICARE International, Zihuatanejo, Mexico, February 2009
Completed a Specialty Contact Lens training seminar 2009, The Vision Care Institute, Johnson & Johnson, Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Noah lived her early years in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology at St Francis Xavier University in 2008.  With a keen interest in Optometry from her early undergraduate years, she came to work at Insight Optometry as a clinical assistant in 2009.  Shortly after, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue her degree at the New England College of Optometry.  Rachael had broad clinical experiences which included training at Boston Medical Center and Togus Veteran’s Hospital in Maine. She returned to Nova Scotia to do her last clinical rotation with the team at Insight.  Dr. Noah graduated as a Doctor of Optometry in 2016 and has joined the practice as an associate, eager to settle back into her home province of Nova Scotia.  Rachael looks forward to getting to know her community more through volunteering and outreach programs.

Dr. Noah has a special interest in custom contact lenses (corneal reshaping and scleral lenses), dry eye therapy, paediatrics, and low vision.

Rachael is an active hiker and spends much of her free time outdoors.  She also loves taking advantage of the variety of live music in Halifax.  One of her creative outlets is exploring flavours with adventurous and healthy cooking.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Achievements:
St. Francis Xavier University, Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2008.
New England College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry, 2016
Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honours Society Member
Edith and Erich Heymans Scholarship, 2015

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)

Previous Professional Activities:
New Jersey Special Olympics volunteer, Healthy Athletes 2015
Massachusetts Association for the Blind, Personal aide volunteer 2014-15
Public Health NECO, Secretary, 2014-15
American Optometric Student Association member 2013-16
Lions Club member, NECO chapter 2013-2014
Phoenix Youth at Risk, Tutor 2011

Dr. Bonang grew up in the small community of Porters Lake, Nova Scotia. She then moved to the big metropolis of Halifax to complete her undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University where she earned her Honours and Bachelor of Science in 2009. Kelsey had big shoes to fill coming from a family of dentists, however she soon realized teeth were not in her future! She decided to make the move to the even bigger city of Boston, Massachusetts to attend the New England College of Optometry.

Dr. Bonang had the privilege to complete extensive clinical rotations at the Togus Veteran’s Hospital in Maine and the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Cooperation in rural Alaska! This provided her with increased exposure and knowledge of various ocular diseases.

Dr. Bonang has special interests in corneal abnormalities aided with the therapeutic use of specialty contact lenses, dry eye therapy and ocular pathology including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, amblyopia and retinal complications.

Dr. Bonang received her Doctor of Optometry Degree with Honours in 2017 and decided four years was long enough away from Nova Scotia! She is thrilled to be back in her hometown and is looking forward to her associateship with the Insight Optometry team.

Dr. Bonang enjoys spending time with her family and her two black labs. She is an avid runner and recently has been enjoying cycling and hiking. After being a student for many years, Dr. Bonang is looking forward to her leisure time not completely being consumed with studying! She is excited to be reading books that are not school textbooks and anticipates a future with lots of travel.

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Achievements:
Dalhousie University, Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biology (2009)
New England College of Optometry, Doctor of Optometry (2017)
Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honours Society Member (2013-2017)

Professional Memberships:
Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO)
Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO)
Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO)

Previous Professional Activities:
Participant in Unite for Sight Mission Trip; Ghana, Africa (2012)
Treasurer for Beta Sigma Kappa Honours Society (2015-2016)
Participant in SVOSH Mission Trip; Dominican Republic (2016)
American Optometric Student Association member (2013-2017)

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