Professional Eye Doctors and Opticians
When you come to Optometrists’ Clinic, you gain access to a team of professional optometrists, opticians, and eye doctors in Edmonton. We are a very well-known and respected team with a unique skill set and specialty. Rest assured that whatever your optical needs may be; we have an eye doctor who has the education and experience to confidently meet your needs.
We are proud to employ a competent and knowledgeable staff in order to ensure that your unique needs are met. Our team approach means that we can offer a wide variety of services. For example, our eye doctors perform general and pediatric exams, as well as care for a variety of ocular health problems. We are at the forefront of contact lens technology, and always endorse the newest lenses in the market to best meet our patient’s needs. When you come to one of our locations, we will diagnose and treat eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, infections, allergies, and diabetes.
Dr. Troy Brady, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Brady grew up in Pinawa, Manitoba and graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science and a Doctor of Optometry (Dean’s Honours List). Immediately following his graduation, he moved to Edmonton and began practicing at Optometrists’ Clinic Inc. He takes a special interest in ocular disease, contact lenses and family practice. He is currently the President of the Alberta Association of Optometrists.
Dr. Brady enjoys coaching his two daughters in their sporting activities and remains active in his own right. He is an avid golfer and still plays hockey once a week. This includes playing in the Alzheimer’s Faceoff Pro-Am hockey tournament during which he and his team have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help find a cure for this disease.
Dr. Gauri Akolkar, B.Sc, O.D.
Dr. Akolkar received her Bachelor of Science degree in Specialization in Immunology and Infection from the University of Alberta. She then graduated with a Doctor of Optometry Degree from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. During her optometric studies she completed Advanced studies in Anterior Segment Disease and holds a special interest in the evaluation and management of ocular pathology. She is also skilled and trained in a range of different areas of optometry including binocular vision, vision therapy, ocular disease and contact lens. Upon graduation, she worked in Burnaby, B.C and later moved back to Edmonton to join the Optometrist Clinic and a member of the Canadian Assocation of Optometrists .
Dr. Akolkar was born in Zambia and raised in New Zealand. She moved to Canada at the age of ten and has largely lived in Edmonton since 2006. She is fluent in English, Marathi and Hindi and understands Gujarati. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Akolkar enjoys exercise, listening to audiobooks, music, traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends
Dr. Kim Collins, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Collins received her Doctor of Optometry degree in 2006 from the University of Waterloo (Dean’s Honours List). At that time, she was also presented with the Award for Excellence in Patient Management by the Ontario Association of Optometrists for her exceptional patient care. As well, Dr. Collins holds a Bachelor of Science with Distinction from the University of Regina.
Dr. Collins has a special interest in children’s vision and literacy, having been a part of research studies on the subject while at the University of Waterloo. She is also interested in ocular pathology, particularly dry eye and glaucoma therapy, and was privileged to study with Dr. Robert Wooldridge at the Eye Foundation of Utah.
In her spare time, Dr. Collins enjoys spending time with her family, as well as reading, gardening, hiking, painting, music and volunteering for eye care missions to the Third World.
Dr. Candice Evernden, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Evernden graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelors Degree in Science in 2013. Following graduation she worked at Capilano Eye Centre for several years as front deck staff and optical dispensing. She graduated from Optometry School from Pacific University in Forest Grove Oregon. Following optometry school, she completed an additional year of residency training at Pennsylvania College of Optometry focusing on ocular disease management and primary care.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Evernden enjoys hiking ,swimming,snowboarding,curling and traveling . She has completed serveral humanitairan trips throughout her education including trips to both Central America and Africa. She has high hopes for many more trips in the future.
Dr. Benjamin L. Doz, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Doz graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1990 with Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. He has been practicing in Edmonton since his graduation. He has a special interest in family practice, contact lenses, pediatrics and ocular diseases. He is an avid Rotarian and works in Central America on Rotary projects frequently.
Dr. Angela A. Endres, O.D.
Dr. Endres grew up in Sherwood Park and has been practicing at our Capilano and Mayfield locations since graduating with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2000. She enjoys the variety of general practice, but also has a special interest in pediatrics and contact lenses. Outside the office, Dr. Endres enjoys time with her family at the lake or on the ski hill, traveling, and coaching ringette.
Dr. Larry W. Gies, O.D.
Dr. Larry Gies graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1972, and joined Optometrists Clinic in 1977. He is married to Deborah, a retired nurse. He has two grown sons, Matt and Kris. Dr. Gies practices general optometry, and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. A past president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists, he still volunteers his time to both the Association and the College of Optometrist. Dr. Gies is an avid sports fan, and enjoys reading, writing, and hiking.
Dr. Brian Mah, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Mah is an Edmontonian who graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science and the University of Waterloo in 2007 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. Dr. Mah was involved with two publications at the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. He is a martial arts instructor and enjoys participating in city events like Heritage Days and Capital Ex Days. Dr. Mah is enthusiastic about his new career at the Optometrists' Clinic.
Dr. Stan S. Russo, O.D.
Dr. Russo graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2003 with a Doctor of Optometry degree. He has been practicing in Edmonton with the Optometrists’ Clinic ever since. He has special interests in pediatrics, family practice and contact lenses.
Dr. Russo currently serves on Council for the Alberta College of Optometrists. He was born and raised in Edmonton, and when not in the office he enjoys spending much of his time with his wife and three sons. His pastimes include training for his half-marathon races and astronomy.
Dr. Shane Smith, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Smith received a B.Sc. in Laboratory Medicine at the University of Alberta, and a Doctor of Optometry at Pacific University in Portland. His optometric interests in family practice include ocular disease. Dr. Smith was involved in research for a breast cancer antigen detection kit, and he also published and co-authored an article on the role of pathogenic yeast in humans. He loves golfing, fishing, camping and physical fitness. Dr. Smith is married and has a son.
Dr. Carlson's Retirement Letter
After 35 years of checking eyes, I have decided to retire, effective December 2017. It has been a privilege to have been entrusted with the health of your eyes, and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for that trust.
I have known many of you for many years and have been honored to see your children and grandchildren. I always looked forward to your visits, and learned something new from every one of you. I traveled vicariously with you and loved to hear about your pets, children, and grandchildren. I hope I didn’t impose too much with stories of my own.
At the Optometrists’ Clinic I was lucky to follow in the footsteps of giants of our profession – our clinic traces its origins to 1948, and has a legacy of past presidents of our Optometric Association and College. We have ten enthusiastic and dedicated optometrists who can’t wait to take care of you and your families at our five locations. I hope that you continue to place your trust in our staff and clinic, and that you look forward to your future visits here as much as I have your visits in the past.
Dr. Ken E. Carlson, O.D.