Dr. Kim Lalonde
I have been practicing optometry since 1999, after I obtained my Doctor of Optometry degree from the Université de Montréal. Determining what my patients need to able to function in their everyday lives and making sure that their eyes were healthy was very fulfilling.
Then in 2014, one of my patients, who had an eye turn, brought an article on vision training for cases like hers. It indicated that there were non-surgical solutions for her problem, and that there was no age limit to be able to get results. This started me on my Vision Therapy path. The timing was fortuitous as my younger daughter was starting to have issues with reading. And so began a journey of lifetime learning! I have since taken over 400 hours of courses, and I continue to expand my knowledge through courses, readings and webinars.
In 2021, I made the decision to leave primary care optometry in order to focus on my Vision Therapy practice. It was very evident to me that there was a tremendous need and being able to have a significant impact on someone’s life is a huge motivation. Through teamwork, my team and I are able to help our patients grow in a joyful environment towards the purpose of developing an abundance of visual skills that translate into life strategies.
In my downtime, I enjoy reading a good book, taking my dog for walks, and spending time with my husband and two daughters.
Dr. Lindsay Gallowitz
I am very excited to be providing eye care in Barrie, my new home since moving from my childhood town of Richmond Hill. Since high school, Optometry has always appealed to me as a great way to meet so many friendly people while also allowing me to have direct patient care for one of our most important senses, our vision.
I completed my Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 2017, after receiving my Biomedical Science Degree from the University of Guelph. Since graduating, I started to take a prominent interest in how eyes are more than just “20/20 vision” and that a pair of glasses doesn’t always seem to help patients with certain visual symptoms. I have taken many hours of additional courses in visual processing to further learn how the brain and eyes work together to create comfortable and clear vision, and how to deliver effective vision therapy. And I continue to learn more from my patients every day!
In my spare time, I love reading a good book or hitting the ski slopes in the winter, and I am always open to any suggestions for exploring Barrie with my husband! I am looking forward to helping your eyes see at their very best!
My therapist was amazing and very encouraging. The tasks were well explained and effective. My only suggestion is to have regular time slots available for patients so it is at the same time every week. Having said that I am very happy with the progress I have made and would highly recommend the program.
T. V. age 36
Thanks for identifying difficulties that my son was having with his vision (he was working much too hard!) and offering a solution. The most noticeable gains I have observed have been in his reading/writing skills, as well as in the sports he loves to play. Everyone went above and beyond what I had expected! Thank you! From a truly grateful mom.
Mother of W. T., age 9
I started wearing glasses at a young age because it was getting harder to see anything in the distance. As I got older, I remember how disappointed I was during my eye exams each year to find out my prescription had become stronger. It wasn’t until I started working with Dr. Lalonde that I discovered what myopia really was. Through a combination of my own Vision Therapy and contact lenses, we have been able to gradually decrease my prescription strength.
I have a background in Early Childhood Education, and spent years working with young children in toddler and preschool settings. My love for guiding, inspiring, and watching children grow has been carried over to my work with the younger patients. I have become passionate about different approaches to therapy and finding what works best for each patient. I have worked with patients from all walks of life, including those with learning related issues, concussions, and strabismus.
When I am not at the office, I enjoy spending time with my very active son and dancing as a company member in Simcoe Contemporary Dancers.
As a child, I always had an interest in sports. This led to me doing competitive figure skating for 13 years and playing rugby for 2 years in my mid-teens. After suffering from 2 concussions at age 17, I would have never known that I would start to experience some life altering symptoms including daily and weather-related headaches, dizziness, double-vision, and light sensitivity. Now, at 25 years of age, I’ve learned to adapt and change my lifestyle to accommodate these symptoms, all the while thinking it was normal. Then, I met Dr. Lalonde and my life changed once again. I came to learn that these symptoms are in fact not normal, and my visual system has been under intense pressure for almost 8 years. Now, I am currently doing my own Vision Therapy program and working through my traumatic brain injury. It has become my passion to work with and help others who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury and let them know they are not alone in their journey.
I also have a background in Child Development and working with children on the spectrum. This experience, along with my love for children allows me to connect with our younger patients.
Outside of the office, I love to go to the gym, eat lots of great food with friends and family and take my little dog on adventures!
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