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Since its beginning in 1981, our practice has maintained a focus on the provision of outstanding vision health care in combination with excellent patient service. To that end, we’ve evolved as a cohesive team of doctors and support staff who are dedicated to this principle.

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Our History


The origins of our practice began with the "Wallace" building on Granville St., at the foot of Blower's St. Ron Wallace and his father before him, practiced Optometry in this building for many years. Ron was elected as a member of the Legislative Assembly for the Province of Nova Scotia, and later served many years as Mayor of the City of Halifax.


In 1981, Dr. Dobbelsteyn and Dr. Gray took over the Wallace practice at 1555 Granville Street sharing patient responsibilities, and subsequent practice growth in 1983 required expansion and a move to 1577 Granville Street.


1983 practice relocated to 1577 Granville Street to include
a second examination room, a larger optical dispensary, and improved administration and staff areas


Dr. Carl Davis joins the practice


1988 our practice moves to 1591 Brunswick Street in the Cambridge Suites complex to allow for additional patient care space, additional parking and administrative space and growth


Dr. Jeff Sangster joins the practice.


2015 our practice moves to 1575 Brunswick Street at the other end of the Cambridge Suites complex to again allow for additional patient care space, additional parking and administrative space and growth.


We are proud to be members of the following organizations:

Community Focus

We are all part of a local and a global community. We at Insight Optometry are thankful for the opportunity to support initiatives which benefit those in need at home and abroad.

Since 1982, Dr. Dobbelsteyn has participated annually in vision care projects to Jamaica, providing eyecare to over thousands needy children and adults, including helping to develop and maintain a glaucoma clinic in the mountains outside Kingston. Dr. Gray has participated in several projects in St. Martens, Saba, Anguilla, and Trinidad.

Canadian Vision Care (CVC) has been providing free vision care to individuals in less privileged parts of the world since 1981. Working in partnership with Lions and Rotary Clubs, as well as churches and public health organizations, projects have been focused in areas where they can be most effective.

The request for this program arose from an identified need for screening of children in an area where resources are limited and many families are not able to afford the services of the local ophthalmologist.

In 2007, Drs. Gray and Dobbelsteyn participated in a professional capacity for volunteer vision care projects in Saba, Anguilla, and St. Maartens with Canadian Vision Care. CVC is a registered charity, and donations for projects of this type are always welcome. Feel free to speak to either of the doctors should you wish to learn more.

Phoenix Youth is a non-profit, community based organization located in Halifax. They offer at-risk and homeless youth, ages 16 – 24, the opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness to find a path from the street.

Since its inception in 1984, Phoenix Youth have developed an extensive variety of programs and services to address the individual needs of each client.

Many of our doctors and staff were instrumental in the provision of urgent vision care services to over 500 Kosovar refugees in Halifax in 1999.

Drs. Dobbelsteyn, Davis, Gray and Sangster have been proud sponsors of Dreamscape, which is the signature fundraising event for Phoenix Youth. In 2008, they were thrilled to be a Bronze Sponsor for this event. Insight Optometry also are consultants for the eyecare needs of their youth.


Our eye clinic continues to regularly be chosen to provide eyecare during many “special events” in Halifax Dartmouth over many years and our doctors volunteer year after year to be “on call” as required for events such as:

  • Canada Winter Games 2011
  • World Figure Skating
  • CIS and AUAA Basketball
  • World Jr.Hockey Championships
  • Numerous Metro Centre events

Financial support, product support, participation, and/or key organizational support for: auctions, draws, local organizations and sporting events including:

  • NS Alpine Ski Team
  • NS ISKF Karate Club
  • Amateur and University level hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball and other sports teams
  • Breast Cancer
  • MS Bike Tour
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • IWK Hospital
  • IWK Pro Hockey draft fundraiser (as of 2012, over $375,000 raised)
  • Direct clinical involvement and volunteer doctor/staff time for
  • Halifax Connects
  • Phoenix Youth Programs

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