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Our Staff

Prairie Vision offers a staff experience that is fun, friendly and always willing to help our patients. Our staff is happy to help you fit in an eye exam during your busy schedule, and answer any questions you may have regarding your eye health and needs.

We’ll help you develop an eye care plan that fits into your particular needs.

And we couldn’t do it without our staff, who is more than willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to help our patients:

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Kara

Kara was born in BC but was raised in Alberta and as much as she loves it, she will always miss the mountains. After graduating high school, she found the love of her life and became a stay at home mom raising her 4 beautiful children. She spent several years on the East coast before moving to Wainwright with her family in 2015. She quickly fell in love with the town she now calls home. With her all kids in school, she began working toward earning her Accelerated Accounting Certificate through SAIT and only has a few courses to go. She joined the Prairie Vision Team in the fall of 2019 as the Patient Retention Coordinator. She loves that she gets to spend her days connecting with all the wonderful patients and being surrounded by such a great team of women.

When Kara isn’t working, she is busy running her large family around, with football season

being the busiest. She still always has time for good friends, good food, good wine and a good book.

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Mindy

Mindy moved from Edgerton to Wainwright as a child and lived on an acreage until moving into town as an adult. She loves the small town feeling while still having so many opportunities.

She married her high school sweetheart and they have two beautiful little girls together. She loves to spend her weekends kayaking in the summer, there is often a kid in the front and a dog in the back. She is an avid science fiction and horror movie buff who is living a busy lifestyle chasing kids and traveling when she can.

Mindy joined Prairie Vision in 2018, and you can find her in all areas including Frame Gallery, Welcome Center and assisting the Doctor in the exam room. Mindy is currently taking her CCOA course to become a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant. Her favorite part of the course has been learning more in-depth physiology of the eye and the medical aspect of the practice.

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Shelly

Shelly was born and raised in Drayton Valley, AB. After marrying her husband Rick she moved to the family farm in Chauvin, AB. Together they thoroughly enjoyed the farm life and shared these experiences with their 3 daughters. In 2005, the Morrison Family moved to Wainwright enjoying all opportunities a new community presented. With two children away at college she decided to enter the workforce and embrace on the opportunity to join the Prairie Vision Team as an Optometric Assistant.

“I am truly blessed with wonderful co-workers who help me provide the best service for our clients and show my true passion to help others feel their best.” When Shelly is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, beach escapes and relaxing at the lake.

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Andrea

Andrea was born and raised in the suburbs of Toronto. After high school she went on to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa Ontario and obtained a Bachelors degree in Criminology and Justice Policy, one semester of which was at the University of Northampton in England. She also earned a diploma in Social Service Work from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. She moved to Wainwright in the summer of 2012, and with Prairie Vision since January of 2014. Since than, Andrea completed the Certified Canadian Optometric Assistant course in the spring of 2015.

“I love working with this wonderful group of people at Prairie Vision and I am passionate about helping the people of this great community see their best!” In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their crazy pets, Sadie the English Bulldog and Raj and Cornelius the cats.

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Jennifer

Jennifer was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. With a diploma in Medical Administration in hand, she headed out to Wainwright, AB, in the fall of 2005 and hasn’t looked back since.

Jennifer joined the Prairie Vision team in 2008 and became a Certified Optometric Assistant in 2012. She loves “learning something new every day” and is always up for the challenge of learning a new skill, which helped her work in many different areas of the office; currently serving as the Office Manager. Jennifer was honored to be rewarded the Alberta Optometric Assistant of the year reward by the Alberta Association of Optometrists in 2016.

When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her partner Adam and their “herd” of 6 kids, watching her boys play hockey and learning all about farming.

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Kathryn

Kathryn was born and raised in Wainwright, Alberta and proud to call it her home. She went to Lakeland College in Vermillion for Early Learning and Childcare and worked briefly in the daycares and Elementary schools in the area, which she finds beneficial to the position she’s in now. She started at Prairie Vision in the summer of 2015 and is now currently the full time Vision Therapist. In 2017, she was a part of the inaugural class of Vision Therapy Canada’s PracticalVision Therapy Accreditation Program. She enjoys working with the patients that come to our office, especially the kids she sees every week for Vision Therapy. When she’s not at the office, she’s with friends and family or you can find her glued to the TV watching NHL during the winter.

Extracurricular Achievements:

  • VTC (formerly COVT&R) – Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program
  • OEP VT 1 Vision Therapy/Visual Dysfunctions
  • OEP VT 2 Vision Therapy/Learning Related Visual Problems
  • OEP VT 3 Vision Therapy/Strabismus & Amblyopia
  • OEP RCS Reflex Foundations in Vision Therapy
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Lisa

Lisa was born and raised just outside of Wainwright. Shortly after graduating, she started at Lakeland College where she obtained her Business Administration Accounting Diploma before joining the Prairie Vision team in October 2015. Lisa enjoys taking on new challenges and expanding her knowledge throughout the office. In 2018 she completed her course and became recognized by the Alberta Association of Optometrists as a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant.

When she's not at work, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, D.I.Y. decorating her house, and wedding planning with her fiancé for their upcoming wedding in 2020.

“Roads were made for journeys, not destinations” -Confucius

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Marie

Marie has worked at Prairie Vision (formerly Dr. Baker) since the fall of 1996.  Marie has worked in pretest and welcome centre and staff supervision. Now you will find her mostly behind the scenes as the account manager,  taking care of the accounting and assisting with staff planning when needed. Marie still likes to share her experience in staff meetings when it comes to the importance of excellent customer service.

When not at the office, Marie can be found camping in the summer, seeking out a sunny destination for a short winter break or an occasional escape to the mountains. 2019 was particularly exciting as she became a grandparent to not one, but three grandchildren in June.  Family get-togethers just got even more special.

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Theresa

Theresa was born and raised in Wainwright, who is happily married to her husband and is a mother to 4 wonderful daughters whom keep life busy and always interesting.

In 2012 Theresa joined Prairie Vision team starting as a Lab technician, and eventually took on the role as Frame Gallery Supervisor. Theresa earned her Optometric Assistant Accreditation in 2014 and continues to build her wealth of knowledge every day helping with eyewear repairs, adjustments and stylish frame selections.

When she is not at work you will find her most days during the winter following her children to their various sports and activities and in the summer her spare time is enjoyed camping, gardening, reading and the occasional run.

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Tracie

Tracie has been a part of Prairie Vision since 2005 and is happy that she hung in thru many changes. She is thrilled to be a “part of such a wonderful team!!” Tracie obtained her Optometric Assistant Certification in 2007 and continues improving her skills with continuing education.

When not at the office, she enjoys inspiring others to fulfill their dreams, while working on her own. Most importantly, spending time with family and friends, playing in the garden and making memories with her husband.

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Valerie

Valerie grew up in the Bonnyville area and moved to the Wainwright area in 2004 when her husband got offered a trucking job. Valerie joined that Prairie Vision family in 2013 and mainly has worked in pretest, but is excited to learn other aspects of the office.

When not at the office, Valerie can be found spending time with her family, camping, and collecting tea cups.

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Amanda

Amanda was born and raised in Wainwright and is very happy to call this small-town home. She has been working since graduating high school and joined the Prairie Vision team in 2018. Amanda is never bored, being kept on her toes with her 4-year-old son and is working towards earning her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant certificate. Currently you will mainly find her in the exam room assisting the Doctors, as well in the Frame Gallery. 

Amanda enjoys working with the people in our community and has found a passion in helping people and making them feel good. She is “so proud to work with the wonderful and supportive women at Prairie Vision”. 

When she is not working, you can find her in the kitchen cooking and baking, relaxing on the couch reading or going on adventures with her family.