Delan Jinapriya BSc, MD, FRCSC
Galen Eye Centre
Department of Ophthalmology
Dr. Jinapriya received his BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, specializing in Human Physiology in 1999 from York University, followed by his MD from Queen’s University in 2003. He completed his residency training in Ophthalmology from Queen’s University obtaining his FRCSC in 2008. He then spent a year at the University of Toronto, under the mentorship of Dr. G.E. Trope and Dr. Y.M. Buys and completed a fellowship in Adult Comprehensive and Surgical Glaucoma. In 2009 he received a full time academic faculty position in the Department of Ophthalmology at Queen’s University and held his practice in the hospital setting until November 2012. In December 2012 he opened the Galen Eye Centre. He holds hospital privileges at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Lennox and Addington Country Hospital.
In addition to his passion for clinical and surgical practice, he enjoys training future Ophthalmologists and making contributions to the field of Ophthalmology through glaucoma curriculum development and clinical research. He established the Galen Eye Centre to maximize the contributions he can make clinically, surgically and academically.
Stephanie Wood BSc, MD, FRCSC
Dr. Stephanie Wood received her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Biology at Dalhousie University where she performed honours research in the Optic Nerve and Retina Research Laboratory. She completed her Medical Degree with distinction from Dalhousie University, then began a Residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto and completed her training at the University of Calgary. She became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2013.
Dr. Wood worked as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist in Calgary at the Southern Alberta Eye Centre and Bow River Medical Consultants prior to relocating to Kingston. She joins the Queen’s Department of Ophthalmology and joins the Galen Eye Centre to provide general ophthalmic care and complement the Eye Centre’s primary eye care.
Manpreet Biring OD
Dr. Manpreet Biring received her Doctorate of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry (Boston, Massachusetts) in 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. Her clinical training includes comprehensive primary care optometry, diagnosis and management of ocular disease, contact lens fitting, as well as pediatric and geriatric exams. She completed clinical rotations at several locations throughout the United States including the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, South Boston Community Healthcare Center, the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Buffalo, NY, and the New England Eye Institute.
Dr. Biring is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists of Ontario. She is board certified by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry, which includes the use of Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs) in Canada.
Rana Taji, BSc, MSc, OD
Dr. Rana Taji has been practicing primary care optometry since 2010. She worked in a large ophthalmology practice in Northern Virginia for 5 years before deciding to relocate back to Ontario. Dr. Taji graduated from the University of Waterloo with her bachelor's in Biomedical Sciences and also a Masters in Vision Science. She went on to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. Her internships includes the Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia SC, a multi O.D./M.D. practice in Elkhart, Indiana and a multi O.D. practice in Ontario, Canada. She has presented at several conferences, participated in publications, and served as a sub-clinical investigator in multiple FDA clinical trials in the Washington DC Region in Northern Virginia.
Dr. Taji has extensive knowledge in pre and post operative care for refractive and cataract surgery patients. She also actively manages glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, co-manages chronic ocular disease, manages and treats a whole range of chronic conditions like dry eye, blepharitis, etc, and is available for emergency eye care. She has taken a special interest in the treatment and management of Dry Eye disease, as she has a significant amount of experience managing this often difficult condition for many.
Her Optometric affiliations include being an active member of the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. She has completed licensing requirements and received certifications to practice Optometry in the Ontario, British Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Phyo Aye, BSc, OD
Dr. Phyo Aye holds a BSc (Hons) in Life Sciences from Queen’s University, Kingston. She received her Bachelor of Science in Optometry from the University of Bradford in the UK in 2009. She completed her training at a family-run private practice in Newport, Isle of Wight, a small community off the south coast of England with particular demand for paediatric and senior citizens’ eye care.
After practicing as a qualified optometrist in England, she returned to her home country of Myanmar (Burma) in 2013 to work alongside British and local ophthalmologists at the country’s leading private eye clinic, Myanmar Eye Centre in Yangon. During that time she also volunteered in weekly free clinics for patients who could not afford eye care, and participated in outreach clinics in remote parts of the country.
Dr. Aye completed the Bridging Program for internationally trained optometrists at the University of Waterloo and became board certified by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry in 2014. She practiced in British Columbia for a year before joining Galen Eye Centre in 2016. She is a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario and the Ontario Association of Optometrists, and is qualified to use Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents (TPAs) in Canada.
Isabella Irrcher BSc, MSc, PhD
Galen Eye Centre
Dr. Irrcher is the author of several scientific articles appearing in the peer-reviewed literature including the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, Cell Death and Differentiation, Human Molecular Genetics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A basic scientist by training, Dr. Irrcher comes to the Galen Eye Centre with a wealth of research experience in experimental design and methodology. She is responsible for coordinating our clinical trials and facilitating research activities. Dr. Irrcher has received numerous scholarships, grants and awards, including those from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and the American Physiological Society. Dr. Irrcher graduated with an MSc in Kinesiology (2001) and PhD in Biology (2007) from York University. Following her graduate work, Dr. Irrcher completed a CIHR-funded post-doctoral fellowship in Neurosciences at the University of Ottawa (2010).
Ann Meier COT
Head Ophthalmic Technician
Ann has been working in Ophthalmology since 2000 in both the Private and Hospital sectors. Prior to that she was an RPN and brings 10 years of experience gained from the Hospital and Long Term Care facilities environment. She completed her Canadian Ophthalmic Medical Personnel certificate through Centennial College in 2001 and is a Joint Commission on Allied Healthy Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) Certified Ophthalmic Technician. During her seven years of working in Ophthalmology at Hotel Dieu Hospital, she supervised Technician and Technologist students and was the Health and Safety Officer for the Ophthalmology floors. Ann has participated in research studies in Glaucoma, Parkinson’s and Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.
Megan joined the Galen Eye Centre in 2015 after graduating from the Medical Office Administration program with honours. Megan will respond to questions about your appointment in person, on line via website requests or on the phone. She is efficient when booking new patient referrals and follow up appointments. She handles patient inquiries and relays your questions and concerns promptly to physicians at the Galen Eye Centre. You will feel welcome and informed about your eye appointment details. Megan is continually working towards furthering her ophthalmic education.
Shelley joined the Galen Eye Centre in 2016 and brings with her many years of administrative experience. Shelley graduated from the Medical Arts program at St. Lawrence College and has previous experience working in the Opthalmology Department at Hotel Dieu Hospital. Shelley has also worked in other medical fields such as Patient Registration at KGH, and admin positions in both the dental and sleep medicine fields.
Brooke joined our team in July 2016 after graduating from the Medical Office Administration program at Fanshawe College in London, ON. She is originally from Strathroy and moved to Belleville after finishing her schooling. Brooke schedules new referrals and follow up appointments. As the receptionist, she welcomes you with a smile and is happy to answer any of your questions regarding your appointment.
Pamela Serson, COA
Pam joined our team in June 2015. She has a background working in the medical field and Optometry. She has completed her Medical Office Administration Diploma with Honors and her Ophthalmic Medical Assisting Course with the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In the fall of 2016 she obtained her Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Certificate from JCAHPO.
Margje Feddema COA
Margje was originally from Ottawa before moving to Kingston. She has been a part of the Galen Eye Centre since its inception in December 2012. She graduated from St. Lawrence College with her Medical Office Administration diploma. She is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. Margje is proficient in all of our diagnostic modalities, and manages the maintenance and testing of all of our equipment. She is also responsible for maintaining the sterility of the surgical suite and its equipment.
Shanae joined our team in the summer of 2015, prior to this she was a certified dental assistant and holds a certificate in finance and investment management. Shanae has a background in optics having worked alongside optometrists for 3 years. To further her knowledge about the health of the eye, Shanae found her opportunity to work with the Ophthalmologists here at the Galen Eye Centre to be very rewarding. Shanae has completed her ophthalmic medical assisting through the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is approved to write her COA.
Hailey Simpson COMT, CDOS, OSC
Hailey is an ophthalmic medical technologist within the Galen Eye Centre. She did her training through the Kingston Ophthalmic Training Centre at Hotel Dieu hospital, and through JCAHPO she has obtained her ophthalmic medical technologist certificate (COMT). Since working at the Galen Eye Centre she has obtained her diagnostic ophthalmic sonographers certificate (CDOS) as well ophthalmic scribe (OSC) Hailey has a special interest in research. She is the study coordinator for one of our clinical studies investigating a novel glaucoma drug delivery system. As well, she plays a large role in all of the clinical trials being conducted at the Galen Eye Centre. Hailey scribes alongside Dr. Wood in clinic.
Meredith Rivers COA, OSC
Meredith joined the Galen Eye Centre in August 2014 after living abroad in Europe for two years. She obtains a Dental Assistant Diploma and a Physiotherapy Assistant Diploma. Meredith is a certified ophthalmic assistant (COA) as well certified ophthalmic scribe (OSC) through JCAHPO. She is currently working towards getting her ophthalmic technician certification (COT). Meredith oversees the clinical flow committee and is the surgical manager at the Galen Eye Centre.
Amanda Latimer BA, COMT
Amanda joined the Galen Eye Centre June 2015 . Prior to this, she graduated from St. Lawrence College with a degree in Bachelors of Applied Arts in Behavioural Psychology. Amanda worked for 2 years as a community rehabilitation counselor for patients who suffered from brain injury. After much thought, Amanda decided to pursue a career in Ophthalmology where she went on to graduate from the Kingston Ophthalmic Training Center (KOTC). She is a certified medical technologist (COMT) through JCAHPO. She is currently working towards obtaining her registered ophthalmic ultrasound biometrist (ROUB). Amanda plays a key role in our diagnostic department performing ultrasounds, biometry measurements and ocular photography. She is compassionate about providing patient care when performing work ups for our physicians. She also participates in the many clinical research trials being done at the Galen Eye Centre.
Carrie Grand COA
Carrie is a technician who brings a wealth of experience to the Ophthalmology field. Prior to joining the Galen team she worked in British Columbia as an ophthalmic technician and office administrator for 5 years. At the first point of contact with patients Carrie collects pertinent baseline data for the Physicians at the Galen Eye Centre. Carrie is a post-secondary Honors graduate of the Arts and Science Program at St Lawrence College. She has completed her Ophthalmic Medical Assisting program with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant. Carrie scribes alongside Dr. Jinapriya in clinic.
Natalie Carr CCOA
Natalie joined the GEC team in October 2016. She is a Kingston native and studied Photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville. Natalie has 5 years of experience in the Optometry field and completed the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant program (CCOA) through the Canadian Association of Optometry. She is training to be an Ophthalmic Assistant and hopes to complete her Certified Ophthalmic Assistant certification (COA) through JCAHPO in the near future. She helps with diagnostic testing and administration bookings for surgery.
Galen Eye Centre Corporate Values
- Commitment to excellence in clinical acumen and surgical technique.
- Foster communication between patients, doctors and staff.
- Compassion for all people.
- Respect for individuality and an appreciation that each person’s solution may be different.
- Strive to build trust so that patients know we have their best interests in mind in all decisions we make with respect to their management.
- Integrity in the options we provide for diagnostics, treatment and research participation.
- Provide hope for maintaining vision by providing access to the most current diagnostic, medical and surgical techniques, and providing the opportunity to participate in research
- investigating novel medical treatments, diagnostic devices and surgical options.