Dr. Patrick J. Brodie began practicing optometry in Orangeville and New Hamburg in 1985, after graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in the same year. He built a base of patients over the next three years and in 1988 he joined his practice with that of Dr. Robert Orr. The partnership allowed the doctors to serve more patients from a larger area, and provided the required financial support to bring the newest technologies to their practice.
His inspiration to become an Optometrist is truly personal. “After receiving my first pair of glasses as a teenager,” he remembers, “and being able to see properly, I thought that it would be great to help people see clearly.” He knows that we can do exactly that by listening to our patients, taking the time to get to know them, and applying what we learn to give them the best service possible.
Outside of the office, Dr. Brodie is a member of the Lions Club and the chair of the Lions Club Home and Garden Show. Another cause close to his heart gave our office the opportunity to participate in two Big Brothers & Big Sisters Bowl-A-Thons – in full costume! Dr. Brodie also takes advantage of some of the Orangeville area’s natural perks, such as walking and cycling trails, and excellent alpine skiing sites. The town’s restaurants offer great dining options when this avid cook steps out of the kitchen.
Dr. Brodie’s two children, both born and raised in Orangeville, are pursuing higher education; Erik is in his third year of Honours Science at McMaster University and Megan is in her first year of Honours Psychology at the University of Guelph. Erik visits us regularly over summer holidays and is responsible for many of the renovations our office has recently undergone.
Over 25 years Dr. Brodie has seen the practice flourish, and he believes that it will continue to do so. Our focus on maintaining a professional, family-oriented atmosphere allows us to establish relationships with our patients, which means great eye health for a lifetime.
Dr. Robert K. Orr graduated from University of Waterloo Faculty of Science, School of Optometry in 1970. Subsequent to graduation, he joined an optometric group practice in Kitchener that specialized in contact lens therapy. In 1972, Dr. Orr acquired his present practice in Orangeville, which is now the longest-serving optometric practice in the Orangeville area. He was joined by Dr. Patrick Brodie in 1988, and with the continued support of the Orangeville-area community, our practice has continued to provide quality, leading-edge visual care, supported by advanced diagnostic equipment and procedures.
Dr. Orr has been a continuous member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists since entering the profession of optometry. He pursued additional training and received certification in the Advanced Ocular Disease & Therapeutics Program from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2001.
By the time he finished high school, Dr. Orr had made the decision to become an Optometrist. He had the advantage of two cousins in the field, and so he pursued education in math, science, psychology, anatomy and neurology. “The idea of being able to benefit a person’s lifestyle by improving his or her visual ability remains the motivation for my involvement in my practice,” says Dr. Orr.
Dr. Orr has lived in Orangeville since 1972. His wife, Sue, operates a garden maintenance and design business, an area of passionate interest for many years. Her efforts keep the inside and outside of our office looking great. Their sons, Sean and Andrew, grew up here and were involved in hockey, skiing and baseball programs. Sean, his wife Angela, and their son Owen still reside in Orangeville, while Andrew lives in Sudbury.
When not at work, Dr. Orr participates in a local astronomy club, and has made a recent return to cycling. He has been a member of the Orangeville Rotary Club for 27 years, and he and his family have been involved with the Orangeville Curling Club, cross country skiing, golf, tennis and hiking offered by local facilities. He is also a member of the Orangeville Business Improvement Area, the Orangeville and District Chamber of Commerce, and the Headwaters Health Care Centre.
From the patients who have visited our office for years, to the new patients we welcome frequently, Dr. Orr enjoys the interaction with the public and is thankful when patients refer their friends and family to us. He feels that our practice is set apart from others by our desire to understand the needs of our patients and to provide a level of service that exceeds their expectations.
Jasmine – Office Manager, Optometric Assistant
Jasmine has been an Optometric Assistant at our practice since October of 2007. Inspired by Optometry’s versatility and ever-changing technology, she pursued training and became a Certified Optometric Assistant under the Canadian Association of Optometrists (C.A.O.) Assistants Program. As Office Manager, her knowledge of the finer workings within the practice is combined with a view for the larger details that allow our practice to move with the times. She also works in the Dispensary, helping patients to select the best frames for their needs and ordering replacement parts for glasses that meet an untimely end.
A resident of Shelburne, Jasmine enjoys Orangeville’s small-town friendliness with the convenience of a big city. The short commute gives her plenty of family time, which she counts as “essential.” Her husband, Lionel, is a self-employed sign professional, whose work can be seen inside and outside of our office. Her two children, Dante and Alexandre, are patients at our office and pay us frequent visits. We’d like to say the same for their dogs, Ariel and Prince, but they’re happier at home!
When it comes to creating a rapport with patients, honesty is the best policy in Jasmine’s book. Much of her work involves addressing patients’ questions and concerns, and no details are overlooked. If she’s met with a question that she can’t answer on the spot, she will research until she can answer it. Patients should feel confident in our knowledge and expertise at every step of the eye care process. “That’s one of the benefits of filling a prescription with us,” Jasmine points out. “Because we have your full ocular history on file, we are able to determine the best possible solution for your specific eyewear needs.”
Sarah – Lab Technician
Sarah has acted as our Lab Technician since the end of 2009, a position she filled after performing almost every other job in the practice – she began as a Visual Fields technician, shifted to Pretest Administrator, and then became our Receptionist. Her new position in the Lab is exacting, but she doesn’t mind; she thrives when faced with challenges, and admits that being busy and focused makes the time fly. There’s always something new to learn.
While much of her time is spent cutting and fitting lenses into frames and repairing broken glasses, Sarah also gets the chance to chat with patients, helping them to choose the glasses in our frame room. She welcomes the chance to meet new patients and to reconnect with existing patients. She also trains new contact lens wearers to insert and remove lenses, a daunting task since many people are hesitant to put something in their eye!
What makes us different from other Optometrist offices, Sarah notes, is our caring atmosphere. “We have a great, friendly staff, and an environment that feels like home.”
Carol – Receptionist
Carol joined our staff in August 2013 bringing with her many years of office experience. She has spent most of her career working in both the medical and insurance field. Although a little bit of a learning curve, she has settled in nicely with our team and is truly enjoying her new position.
Carol lives in Arthur with her husband and two children. She admits that she finds very little time for herself with a busy career and family life but when she does, Carol enjoys reading, taking long walks and traveling. Her favourite place to be is by the water. Carol and her family spend a lot of time at Sauble Beach during the summer.
Carol’s friendly and professional mannerism is displayed throughout the office. Whether it is booking appointments, following up with patient referrals or day to day tasks or challenges at the office, she always has a smile and is willing to help. “Our focus is providing trusted products and exceptional service, from our eyes to yours”
Jessica – Pretest Technician
Jessica started as our pretest technician in the summer of 2013. She has lived in Orangeville since 1996, and moved to Canada from England in 1993. Jessica comes to us with a background in pharmacy which can really help in pretest from time to time.
Jessica is quite the music buff and enjoys concerts, she has a little girl Lillie, who keeps her very busy. Jessica is quite the people person so she enjoys the interaction with patients and the satisfaction of knowing that helping people is all part of a days work.
Nicole – Frame Room Consultant
Nicole started at our office in March 2013 as a pretest technician but has found her niche in another area, the frame room. Nicole enjoys the one on one she can give patients while choosing their perfect frame. Nicole has lived in Orangeville since 1986 and frequently sees friends, teachers and neighbours at the office.
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys spending time with her two children, Hannah 10 and Cameron 4 as well as her furry baby London, a 4 year old boxer and her two cats Harper and Baby. Nicole also loves to read and has been known to get lost in book stores for hours on end! Nicole likes walking the beach at her parent’s house picking up random driftwood and shells and is quite the baker when the mood strikes.
According to Nicole the best part of the job is “The smiles on a patient’s face when we find the perfect pair of glasses!” and she looks forward to putting a smile on patients faces in the future.