Our Staff

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • 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
  • 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

    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


Port Hawkesbury Hours

Baddeck & Cheticamp Hours vary, please call for scheduled clinic hours

Monday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

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