Dr. Alison Laidlaw
Doctor Laidlaw received her Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the University of Regina, before moving to Ontario where she completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2005. Over the years Dr. Laidlaw has practiced optometry in several communities across Southern Ontario including Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Brantford, and Brampton. She also currently travels to Newfoundland where she does mobile clinics in smaller remote communities.
She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Ontario Association of Optometrists, and the College of Optometrists of Ontario, the College of Optometrists of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Association of Optometrists of Newfoundland and Labrador, and an affiliate of The Laser Centers (TLC).
One of Dr. Laidlaw’s passions is working with children. Her special interest in children’s vision is what led to the opening of the Myopia Control Centre where techniques are used to slow down the progression of myopia in children.
Outside the office, Dr. Laidlaw enjoys martial arts and other fitness activities. After years of competing nationally and internationally, she now practices at the local gym. She also enjoys the outdoors and travelling.
Dr. Dana Smart
Dr. Dana Smart was born and raised in Guelph. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014 with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2018, where she was recognized for Excellence in Ocular Pharmacology upon graduation. During this training, she completed an Ocular Disease Externship in Miami with particular emphasis on cataract, diabetes and glaucoma management.
Outside of the office, Dr. Smart enjoys painting, personal fitness, spending time with her dog and cheering on the Raptors.
Certified Optometric Assistant
Joanne received her diploma in Medical Office Administration from Loyalist College of Applied Arts and Technology and recently completed the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant course.
Joanne shares her time between the Guelph and Kitchener locations. Joanne would be pleased to assist you with your frame selection and contact lens needs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and camping.