At eye-deology Vision Care, we believe that individuals deserve the best eye care available and that eye care should be a personalized, informative and engaging experience. We value the health of, and relationships with our patients first and foremost. This patient-first mindset guarantees that patients receive the best eye care.
Raised in Edmonton, Dr. Jennifer Ash is a graduate of the University of Alberta. She received her Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 2004 and completed her residency in primary care and contact lenses at the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 2005. Dr. Ash believes that building relationships with her patients is essential to providing the best eye care, and finds it important to treat her patients with the same level of care as she would provide to a family member. She makes an ongoing effort to remain up to date on advancements and technology in optometry because they promote the early detection and treatment of eye disease, they are essential to providing advanced, modern comprehensive eye care services, and because they are one of the key indicators of a great optometric clinic. Dr. Ash also strongly believes in giving back to the community. She has volunteered at Edmonton's Homeless Connect for more than a decade, and has supported the Terry Fox Foundation and the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation since she was an undergraduate student. Dr. Ash previously worked at FYidoctors, Oliver Village. She decided to establish Eye-deology Vision Care in order to provide the highest quality and most extensive suite of eye care services in Edmonton. She welcomes you to visit the clinic to see the difference that caring can make to improving your vision!
Raised in Edmonton, Dr. Gurminder (Tony) Mann is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He received his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts in 1998. Dr. Mann's love for eye care is only exceeded by that for his two sons and by his love for hockey and watching the Edmonton Oilers. His outgoing personality and his contagious positive attitude make every encounter with Dr. Mann an enjoyable and memorable experience. Dr. Mann's passion for optometry and passion for his community extends to many community activities and charitable causes. Previously providing optometric services at Londonderry Eye Care, his growing desire to focus on personal care and connecting with patients led him to his new home at Eye-deology Vision Care. He invites all of his patients to the new clinic to experience the advanced, modern, personalized eye care that they both deserve and need.
Dr. Whitney Diakur was born and raised just north of Edmonton. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alberta with a Major in Biology and Minor in Classics. She then attended InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry where she graduated with Cum Laude standing, multiple academic and clinical excellence awards, and an award for best thesis dissertation. She has spent time working in California and Texas, but has decided to make Edmonton her permanent home again. In the past she has volunteered with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind and numerous senior’s centers around the city. She has also volunteered in the Dominican Republic with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). With her experience abroad, Dr. Diakur is able to perform eye exams in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, travelling and hiking. Her passion within the optometry field includes pediatric examinations, vision therapy and mobile exams for geriatric, or immobile patients. She is excited to be part of the Eye-deology Vision Care team and being able to provide exceptional modern eye care to patients in the Edmonton area.
Born and raised in Lamont, Marlena is a licensed optician who has been an active member of the optical industry for 10 years. Marlena started her optical career in 2007 as a receptionist. After gaining experience and furthering her education, Marlena quickly became a certified Optometric Assistant. In 2013, Marlena officially became a Licensed Optician following her graduation from NAIT. In 2017, she joined the Eye-deology Vision Care team. One aspect Marlena particularly loves about her job is being able to meet and interact with so many different people and hear so many different stories everyday. Her favourite thing is helping people pick out glasses for the first time and she always enjoys the moment of happiness when individuals express that they can see clearly for the first time. Her favourite eyewear line is Etnia Barcelona because they represent the creative style and high quality that she recommends when selecting frames for people. In her spare time, Marlena likes to travel, hanging out at the lake, and spending time with her dog "Alcatraz". By no means a "dungeon master", she also enjoys regularly playing board games with family and friends! Marlena brings years of experience and knowledge to Eye-deology Vision Care and looks forward to meeting and helping you with your eye care and eyewear needs.
A long time ago, when the millennium was new... way back when cell phones only made phone calls, when you could bring as much liquid as you wanted on an airplane, and when Justin and Beyonce were still topping charts as members of N’Sync and Destiny’s Child... a young man named John spotted a beautiful girl named Heike. They met, fell in love, and got married - as soulmates are apt to do. Through their many years together, the pair have travelled far and wide, enjoying the festivities and fare of countless new places. John and Heike are most at home on the road, but no matter how far they go, eventually the draw of family and friends pulls them back to Edmonton. They apply the brakes and put their travels in park as they reconnect with loved ones and rebuild their bank account. So now, when your travels bring you into Eye-deology Vision Care, you’re nearly guaranteed to encounter at least one of these two (and probably both). Feel free to ask John about any of the testing you participate in prior to seeing the doctor; he enjoys sharing the ‘what’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ of the science behind our equipment. He’s almost as passionate about eyes as he is about hockey and spicy food. Or, if you simply want to chat, Heike loves discussing just about any topic under the sun. While your glasses are being adjusted, while your eyes are dilating, or whenever you have a few minutes to fill, stop by reception and start a conversation about some of her favourite topics, like: pets, places to visit, or pop culture of the past - the time will fly!
Born and raised in Mexico City, Nancy left her family and moved to Vancouver, B.C. in 2008. Shortly thereafter, she met her husband, married and decided to begin a family together. They welcomed a daughter to the world in 2010. In 2014, Nancy and her family decided to move together to Edmonton, where they grew their family with the addition of a boy. Nancy started her business administration diploma in Mexico City, but decided to pursue the medical office assistant program in Edmonton because of the joy she has when helping others. She joined the Eye-deology Vision Care team to continue learning new things and to interact more with patients. In her free time Nancy enjoys dancing, going to the movies, and playing with her children.
Joyce joined our office with over 15 years of experience as an Optometric Assistant. A self described “people person”, Joyce enjoys the opportunity to engage with patients on both a personal and professional level. After completing her education, Joyce began her occupational career with the Workers’ Compensation Board, where she worked for almost 10 years. Most of these years were spent in the Human Resources Department of the company. After spending a number of years raising her family, Joyce started a position with Londonderry Eye Care, where she worked for over 15 years. Joyce is proficient and experienced in conducting eye exam pretesting, visual fields tests, digital retinal imaging, contact lens training, along with numerous other tasks required of the position. Born and raised in Edmonton, Joyce and her husband Roy, have 2 grown children. She loves animals and nature, and in her free time enjoys music, gardening, cooking, and of course, watching and supporting the Edmonton Oilers and Eskimos! In fact, her ear for music is so good that she can usually identify the song on the radio within a few notes! With the focus on providing top quality care along with outstanding vision products, Joyce is proud to be a part of the Eye-deology Vision Care team.
Born in Edmonton, Nanki moved to India in Grade 2 to live with her grandmother because it was important to her Dad that she grow up the same way he had - immersed in the Punjabi culture and exposed to spicy food. While abroad, she was sure to visit her parents every summer and it was this early exposure to travel that established her love for adventure, airports and long flights. She eventually moved back to Canada in Grade 11 and recently graduated with a specialized bachelor's degree in science psychology from the University of Alberta. Nanki's schedule is very full - she currently works with children with autism and advocates for mental health education, continues to pursue studies at the UofA and works at the clinic. She is currently applying to optometry schools and chose to work at Eye-deology Vision Care to learn more about the field and because the environment was extremely warm and welcoming. When she is not working or studying, you can usually find her dancing, eating donuts, reading books, consuming caffeinated beverages and/or pausing every few seconds to point out cute canines.
The real financial cost of vision loss in Canada is estimated to be 15.8 billion dollars (circa 2007).
School-age children in Canada have a vision problem. An alarming statistic given more than 80 per cent of early learning is visual, and poor eyesight can significantly affect a child’s ability to perform in school and develop to their full potential. ~Canadian National Institute for the Blind