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Post Hawkesbury Optometrist | Burns Vision Optometrists

 

Port Hawkesbury: 902-625-2064

Baddeck: 902-295-1796

Cheticamp: 877-669-6683 (Toll Free)

Our Staff
 

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Barry A. Burns, OD
Optometrist

Following his graduation in 1987 from the University of Waterloo with his Doctorate of Optometry, Dr. Burns began his practice in Port Hawkesbury which has grown to become one of the largest independent optometric practices in eastern Nova Scotia. In 2000, Dr. Burns completed a Therapeutic Drug Certification Course from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry to become Board certified to administer and prescribe therapeutic drugs. Dr. Burns has served as Registrar of the NS College of Optometrists and Secretary/Treasurer of the NS Association of Optometrists. In 1995, Dr. Burns received the Strait Area Excellence in Business Award presented by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Nova Scotia College of Optometrists (NSCO) member
  • Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists (NSAO) member
  • Canadian Association of Optometrists (CAO) member

 

Email: [email protected]

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Jillian Weir, OD
Optometrist

Burns Vision Centre was excited to welcome Dr. Weir to the practice in 2013 following her graduation from the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. Weir, who is originally from the Annapolis Valley, attended the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s as an undergraduate student. During her time at the Illinois College of Optometry she received extensive clinical training at eye clinics in Illinois, Florida, Colorado, and Pennsylvania. Her training has provided her with excellent clinical skills and experience in many settings including pediatrics, binocular vision, ocular disease, and contact lens management.  

  • Nova Scotia College of Optometrists member
  • Canadian Association of Optometrists member
  • Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists member

 

Email: [email protected]

 

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Gerard Burns, BBA, OD
General Manager/Optician

Gerard has been responsible for the overall management of the optical and optometric practice since he joined his brother Barry in practice in 1988. He previously held positions as an accountant and economic development officer. In 1998, he acquired his optician’s diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) where he was awarded an honors certificate for the highest academic achievement in the country. He  holds a Business Administration Degree (Major in Accounting) from Saint Francis Xavier University. Gerard has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisdale Co-op, Louisdale Community Homes, Chamber of Commerce, Dundee Golf & Country Club, and Literacy Council. In his spare time he enjoys golfing and hockey.

  • Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser, Nova Scotia College of Opticians
  • Member of Opticians Association of Canada
  • Member of NS Society of Dispensing Opticians

Email: [email protected]

 

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Kyle Burns, DO
Lab Manager/Optician

Kyle is responsible for the overall management of our edging lab. In addition to dispensing specialty sun and prescription eyewear, he performs various accounting duties in the practice. In 2008 Kyle graduated with a Business Administration Diploma (Accounting Concentration) from the NSCC Strait Area Campus. Following his graduation he joined his father (Gerard) and uncle (Barry) in practice. In 2011 he graduated with a technical diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. This was followed by becoming a Licensed Optician in the province of Nova Scotia.  He is well known in the community as a result of his participation in local golf, baseball, and hockey.

  • Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser, Nova Scotia College of Opticians
  • Member of Opticians Association of Canada
  • Member of NS Society of Dispensing Opticians

 

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Tracy DeCoste, BA, DO, CCOA
Optician

As a licensed optician, Tracy spends a large portion of her time fitting patients with frames and lens designs to suit their individual needs. In 1996 Tracy graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with an Arts Degree (Major in Sociology). In 2008, while being employed for an Optometrist in British Columbia, she furthered her education by becoming a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant (CCOA). That same year this Mulgrave resident moved back home to become a very valued member of the Burns Vision Centre team. In 2011 she graduated with a technical diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. She then became a Licensed Optician in the province of Nova Scotia. 

  • Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser, Nova Scotia College of Opticians
  • Member of Opticians Association of Canada
  • Member of NS Society of Dispensing Opticians
  • Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant

 

 

Beverly Sampson
Office Administrator

Beverly oversees all administrative aspects of the day to day operations in our busy optometric practice. Beverly is responsible for scheduling, preparation, and planning of our outreach clinics. She is also our resident insurance expert and ensures that our practice runs efficiently.  Beverly holds a diploma in Office Information Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College which she acquired in 2003. Previous experience in the hospitality industry provided Beverly with excellent customer service skills, which have carried over to her work at Burns Vision Centre.

 

 

Shelly Hiller, CCAO
Optometric Technician

Shelly is primarily responsible for preliminary testing as she performs specialized tests such as auto refraction, digital retinal images, and non-contact tonomtery. Shelly’s varied duties include reception, administration of insurance, and scheduling. In 2010, Shelly became a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant through the Canadian Association of Optometrists which furthered her training in contact lens care, medical terminology, and optics. She works closely with the optometrist instructing patients on healthy contact lens care and contact lens insertion and removal. In 1996/1997 Shelly acquired a diplomas in Business Information Technology and Computer Systems Management and Support from the Nova Scotia Community College.

  • Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant

 

 

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Katherine Anne “Annie” Boudreau, CCAO
Optometric Technician

Annie has been employed in our organization for over 19 years and possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Annie spends most of her time determining what frames are best suited to your individual style and fitting requirements. She is very knowledgeable regarding th emany available lenses and coatins, and can help tailor your eyewear to suit your visual needs. In 2004, Annie became a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant, familiarizing her with the anatomy and physiology of the eye, as well as how various ocular conditions can affect vision.

  • Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant

 

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Donna Marchand, CCAO
Office Manager

Donna is the longest serving employee in the practice, having joined her brother Barry in 1987. Having previously worked for another optometric practice she has a combined 34 plus years experience in the industry. The relationships she has established have caused her to become a valued frame dispenser to many patients she serves. In addition to her dispensing duties, Donna acts as floor manager in areas of customer service, policy and procedures, and personnel. In 1999, Donna graduated as a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant exposing her to the many health and administration components of an optometric practice. The training also exposed her to contact lens wear and ophthalmic frame and lens dispensing.

  • Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant

Email: [email protected]

 
 
 
Port Hawkesbury Optometrist Burns Vision Centre is a certified Optometrist specializing in Our Staff, Cataracts, Glaucoma, eyecare, lasik and much more in Port Hawkesbury, NS. We also do Home, Fitting and Adjusting, Frames, Kids Frames, Lenses, Reading Glasses, Bifocals, Contact Lenses, Sunglasses, Accessories, Progressive (no-line) Lenses, Contact Brands, Lenses Brands and all work related in the B9A2S1 area and surrounding areas in Port Hawkesbury