Our eye care doctors specialize in examining, diagnosing, treating, managing and preventing diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and related structure, making us your primary eye and vision health Doctor.
DR. PATRICIA FINK
I completed my Bachelor of Science (Biology) in 1991 from McMaster University and my Doctor of Optometry Degree from The New England College of Optometry, Boston, US in 1995. I am certified to practice optometry in Ontario and British Columbia and also have my certification in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease and all three board examinations required for practice in the US.
I received extensive clinical training from my US experience which included eye examinations for the Boston Homeless Shelter, South Boston Community Centre, Dorchester House Health Centre, and the VA Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire. The extended mode of practice in the US allowed me to have experience in treatment and management of glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and anterior segment disorders. I was also privileged to participate in a VOSH mission to Mexico where thousands of people received eye care and glasses.
I was quite myopic (nearsighted) at a young age and have had many experiences with glasses and contact lenses. This personal experience with eyewear modalities truly helped me to understand all the discomforts that can be associated with glasses and contact lenses. For this reason I have a special interest in contact lenses especially difficult toric and bifocal contact lens fits. I also have a personal experience with laser vision correction, having had laser surgery done through TLC 12 years ago.
I find vision to be extremely important, not only for everyday office work but also for my hobbies. I enjoy playing tennis and golf and have had success as a marathon runner (completed 11 marathons including Boston) ...ask me how dry my eyes were after all of that??? I enjoy hearing about my patients' hobbies and how they use their eyes for these and the challenges that eyewear creates for some of these unique working distances.
I enjoy education and continue to upgrade and be involved with different aspects of optometry. I am on several advisory committees for contact lenses and laser vision companies. I provide education resources to local schools including lectures and reading programs. I love living in Burlington and being part of the community. It is a privilege to be a health care provider in this area.
DR. SHIRLEY HA
Dr. Shirley Ha was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada when she was 10 years old. She earned her Honors Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from the University of Waterloo in 1990 and completed an Ocular Diseases and Primary Care externship at the Hospitals of Yau Ma Tei and Prince of Wales in Hong Kong.
She received accreditation to prescribe Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs) in the treatment and co-management of ocular diseases from the Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry in 1995 and re-certification from Nova Southeastern University - Florida College of Optometry in 2009.
Dr. Ha is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) as well as the Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO). She believes true professionalism means giving back to the profession that has supported and helped her. She served on the OAO Board of Directors from 1999 to 2004 and as President in 2004-2005 and is forever grateful for the priceless experiences gained and the countless volunteers she met during her tenure. She is currently Volunteer Lead in the Halton area for, and an active participating optometrist in, the Eye See...Eye Learn program. Her accolades include the OAO President's Award in 2007 and the OAO Public Education Award of Merit in 2012.
Since 1998, she has participated as a contributing member of the Questions Committee for the Canadian Examiners in Optometry (CEO), as well as Clinical Assessor to verify skills competencies for the Canadian Assessment of Competence in Optometry (CACO).
About being an optometrist, Dr. Ha's motto is: “To give patients of all ages the gift of vision beyond healthy eyes and 20/20 eyesight and afford them every opportunity to see and succeed in life.”
She enjoys helping people see well and is a strong proponent of preventative eye health education. She recalls choking back tears when a very near-sighted 4-year-old boy was afraid to leave the clinic, after getting his first pair of glasses, because he CAN see. She welcomes the multifarious clinical challenges thrown at her each day and loves learning from her patients of all walks-of-life.
Dr. Ha has a special interest in ocular diseases, pediatric eye care and binocular vision abnormalities. Her interest in both developmental and neuro-rehabilitative optometry took her on a path of continuing professional development to include the core clinical curriculum from Optometric Extension Foundation Program, Neuro-Visual Processing Therapy from the Padula Institute of Vision and Rehabilitation, Skills Development Program from th Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and vision therapy and habilitation/rehabilitation education from around the world.
Dr. Ha is a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Developmentand is a candidate for FNORA. She is on the Executive Board of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation, a new non-profit organization that provides vision therapy education to optometrists and raises awareness of vision therapy and rehabilitation through public and government advocacy across Canada. She is also an affiliate of the TLC Laser Eye Centres and Bochner Eye Institute since 1995 and provides pre-operative and co-management services for laser eye surgery patients.
After serving the residents of St. Catharines and its vicinity for 16 years, Dr. Ha moved to Burlington to be close to her family in 2006. She is pleased to join Dr. Fink and her dynamic team in Burlington and is dedicated to providing second to none primary eye care services, functional vision assessments to the community she loves living in. She thanks her past patients for their continued support and looks forward to meeting new patients and taking care of their vision and eye healthcare needs.
In her spare time, Dr. Ha enjoys traveling with her husband and two children, sci-fi movies, scrapbooking, photography, stamp & coin collecting, cross-country running and volunteering at her children's schools.