About Us

Optical Studio has six on-site optometrists, along with licensed opticians, and professional office staff here to serve our clients and customers. We are here to provide you and your family with professional, prompt and friendly eye examinations, diagnosis, treatments and eyewear products. Our facility and equipment are designed to provide you with the resources and support you need for years of clear vision and overall eye health support.

Our Team

Friendly, Knowledgeable and committed to you
Dr. Jim Asuchak

Dr. Jim Asuchak

Optometrist
Jim was born and raised in Fort Macleod where his parents still operate a small farm. He later attended the University of Lethbridge and then onto the University of Waterloo to earn his Doctor of Optometry degree. Jim returned to Lethbridge in 1999 and has been pleased with his decision ever since. He has enjoyed the friendships he has made with patients in the office and considers the staff at Optical Studio family. In his spare time, Jim enjoys hanging out with his son Tyler. He can also be found in his garage working on his old cars or mountain biking in the coulees.

Dr. George Day

Dr. George Day

Optometrist
George grew up on a small farm west of Fort Macleod. He enjoyed playing multiple sports for FP Walshe High School. George attended the University of Lethbridge, earning a B.Sc. in Biochemistry. He then went on to attend the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo. In 2008, he moved back to Lethbridge and joined the team at Optical Studio and is very happy with his decision. He loves coming to work in such a friendly and up-to-date office, and really appreciates having a great mentor in Dr. Jim Asuchak. When not at work, George enjoys training for sprint triathlons with his wife Jen, and snowboarding in the mountains.

Dr. Melissa Groeneweg

Dr. Melissa Groeneweg

Optometrist
Melissa was born and raised in Fort Macleod, Alberta. She grew up on her parents’ farm just north of Fort Macleod and enjoyed being very involved in local and regional 4-H programs throughout her school years. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Lethbridge, and later went on to continue her education at Western University of Health Sciences in Southern California where she earned her Doctor of Optometry. Dr. Groeneweg completed four outstanding externships in her 4th year as an optometry student. She was able to experience a vision therapy practice at Focus Vision Therapy in Meridian, Idaho, was exposed to a wide range of ocular disease and surgeries at The Eye Institute of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, experienced a highly medically-based private practice at the Cheyenne Vision Clinic in Cheyenne, Wyoming and at Image Optometry in Vancouver, BC. When she is not in the office, Dr. Groeneweg enjoys spending time on the farm, volunteering with local organizations, and enjoying the outdoors.

Dr. Ashley Olford

Dr. Ashley Olford

Optometrist
Ashley was born and raised in Mount Pearl, NL where she completed her undergraduate degree in Behavioural Neuroscience at Memorial University. She later went on to attend graduate school at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where she received a diploma in Clinical Vision Science. Ashley then worked as an Orthoptist, providing testing and management of eye movement disorders, at pediatric and adult ophthalmology clinics in Winnipeg, Toronto, and Vancouver. She later received her Doctor of Optometry degree with honours from the University of Waterloo. During her training she did externships in Canada, the US, and Hong Kong, as well as a volunteer eye care mission in Ecuador. When she is not in the office, Ashley can be found travelling, staying active, or volunteering at a local or international organization.

Dr. Steven Ha

Dr. Steven Ha

Optometrist
Steven was born and raised in Ottawa where he completed his Bachelor of Science with honours in Ophthalmic Medical Technology in 2014. He was involved with the University of Ottawa Eye Institute and later worked as a Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technologist for 2 years in the laser and refractive surgery field. Steven received his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. Throughout optometry school, he developed special interests in dry eye, specialty contact lenses, and myopia control. He had the opportunity to be involved with a mission trip to Camana, Peru and hopes to continue humanitarian endeavors throughout his career. Dr. Ha was introduced to Western Canada by his fiancée (Dr. Unick!) who grew up between Regina and Calgary. Steven is looking forward to calling Lethbridge home and to be able to raise a family. When not in the office, he enjoys running, hiking, snowboarding, and skiing.

Dr. Anysia Unick

Dr. Anysia Unick

Optometrist
Anysia was raised between Regina and Calgary. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology, Microbiology, and Cellular Biology while attending the University of Georgia while on an athletic gymnastics' scholarship. She returned to Canada to attend the University of Waterloo and earned her Doctor of Optometry degree. We are proud to say Anysia graduated with the highest academic standing in her class, receiving the College of Optometrists of Ontario General Proficiency Award. Anysia has developed a passion for children’s vision and holds a special interest in pediatric eye exams and myopia management. Anysia and her fiancé (Dr. Ha) have chosen Lethbridge as their home to begin to serve the needs of Southern Alberta. They enjoy the outdoors and look forward to exploring the mountains.

Miranda

Miranda

Office Manager
I grew up in Cardston, Alberta and enjoyed my summer after high school working as a server in Waterton. Even though I probably spilt more drinks than I served, I loved it! I have worked at Optical Studio since I was 19 years old (so for 6 years)! My favorite thing about Optical Studio is our amazing team. It is my goal that everyone else at Optical Studio loves coming to work as much as I do! When I am not at work I am usually at the gym or at home with my frenchton, Boone!

Rennie

Rennie

Office Manager

Sam

Sam

Lab Manager
My passion is creating product photography for the clinic and working closely with the social media, branding, and marketing team. In my spare time, I enjoy binge watching horror films, hiking, golfing, snowboarding, and boating in the summer. My goal is to discover the most innovative technology and products and connect them with the community. The thing I love most about Optical Studio is the people. I consider my optical team as family. My go-to Karaoke song is, “Any Man of Mine,” by Shania Twain.

Katlyn

Katlyn

Customer Experience Manager
I have worked at Optical Studio since August 2017 and my favorite part is connecting with all of the amazing patients. I love hearing people's stories and getting to know even just a little about them. My goal is for every patient to leave our clinic with a smile on their face. In my spare time I enjoy going to spin class and am working on becoming certified to instruct. If I could eat only one meal for the rest of my life it would be chicken nuggets and fries from McDonald’s. I am a firm believer that life is all about balance.

Hallie

Hallie

Patient Care Coordinator
I have been working as a hospital unit clerk for the past 2.5 years and recently started working at Optical Studio. Growing up, some of my favorite times were spent with all my family down at the lake in the summer! Something I am trying to work towards is being a better morning person but my love for sleep usually get in the way of that. It is what it is.

London

London

Patient Care Coordination
I have been working at Optical Studio since August 2019, primarily at the Fort Macleod location. I enjoy getting to know and connecting with patients. I grew up in Saskatchewan and Alberta and we moved around lots. The most unusual place that I’ve visited was the Moose Jaw Tunnels.

Tayllor

Tayllor

Patient Care Coordinator
In September I started working on getting my Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant certificate! Optical Studio is by far my favorite place I’ve ever worked. My favorite part is the amazing managers! My biggest fears are wasps and needles. My favorite thing is sub sauce from Subway!

Bonnie

Bonnie

Patient Care Coordinator
I stared working at Optical Studio in July 2020. Since I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, I feel very fortunate to be working with such a dynamic and supportive team. My most prize possession is family and friends. I value the time playing games, sharing a meal, and having catch up chats with those near and far.

Emma

Emma

Patient Care Coordinator
I am one of the faces you might see when you first set foot in Optical Studio! I love most iced beverages and I have a little handmade company that my husband and I are able to run together. A useless talent I have would be that I can shake my eyes really fast and it looks like they vibrate, it's a very random party trick if you ask me!

Shelby

Shelby

Patient Care Coordinator
I am new to the optical world but am loving every minute of it! After high school I continued my education and received my hair, makeup and esthetics diploma that I like to do in my free time. If I could choose anything to eat for the rest of my life it would be my grandma's Indian tacos or any kind of chips and dip.

Shari

Shari

Clinic Coordinator
After 20 years in the dental and medical industry providing practice management and Human Resources, I joined the Team at Optical Studio as Clinic Coordinator. Some of my favourite things to do in my off time is travel, home renos, working in the yard, boating at the lake, and generally anything that involves being around good food and good company. I am on the Board of Directors with the Rotary Club of Lethbridge and have served in humanitarian initiatives in Dominican Republic and post Hurricane Harvey cleanup in Houston, Texas, as well as many other local community volunteer opportunities.

Tammi

Tammi

Licensed Optician
I have been a licensed optician for 17 years. It is my goal for everyone that leaves our clinic, to leave feeling like they have had the best customer service around. There are so many reasons why I love working at Optical Studio but mainly it is the amazing team. When I am not at work, my hobbies include spending time with my husband, two daughters, and my two crazy dogs. I also love camping and taking pictures.

Jarett

Jarett

Lab Technician
I grew up here and there having spent time in the Middle East, Alberta and Saskatchewan. A bit of a jack of all trades I find that my work with Optical Studio is constantly challenging and expanding knowledge base which suits me just fine. When I’m not working you can find me crawling through the forest or indulging my love of the arts and other intellectual pursuits.

Toni

Toni

Lab Technician
I have worked at Optical Studio since June 2020. Something not a lot of people know is I am a graduate Doctor of Optometry in the Philippines. I love working in the optical industry again. Everyone here is like a family. It is my goal to give the best customer care to all our patients.

Ledean

Ledean

Lab Technician
I started working at Optical Studio after meeting Dr. Asuchak while mountain biking. My favorite thing about working here is the atmosphere. The people here make it amazing. My goal is to find something positive in every day. The most unusual place I’ve been is the staff cafeteria at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. We took a tour there with the scientists and astronauts and I felt like I absorbed some IQ points from the air.

Amy

Amy

Lab Technician

Des

Des

Diagnostic Technician
I have a university background in neuroscience and love to learn! It is my goal to continue to learn new things in every aspect of my life. Something not a lot of people know about me is a secret...because if I told you then a lot of people would know.

Sydni

Sydni

Diagnostic Technician
I have been working in the optical industry for just over a year and a half and recently joined the Optical studio team in October. I am striving towards completing the Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant Program! I enjoy playing sports and staying active. Something that is on my bucket list is skydiving!

Kennedy

Kennedy

Diagnostic Technician
I recently graduated from university with my degree in Kinesiology. Now that I’m done school, my goal is to travel the whole world! If I could spend a week anywhere, it would be South Africa to do all of the safaris! I’ve been there before and it’s the most beautiful place ever!

Taryn

Taryn

Optometric Scribe
I started working at Optical Studio in July 2020 and it has quickly become my favorite job! My favorite thing to do (aside from being an assistant to Dr. Asuchak ) is binge true crime documentaries. My goal in life is to own a house in 5 years. If I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would probably be a slurpee. Even though that is not a meal, I cannot go a day without one.

Kennadi

Kennadi

Optometric Scribe
I have been working at Optical Studio since February 2018 and the atmosphere here is unbelievable. Everyone is so kind and generous! I have my Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant certification and it is my goal to use it to move up in the office and do more on top of assisting Dr. Day. I was born and raised in Taber, Alberta. My favorite quote is “Inhale confidence, exhale doubt”.

Kelsey

Kelsey

Eyewear Specialist
I have been with Optical Studio for just over 4 years and have my Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant certificate. I love helping people and being in an industry where I'm always learning something new. It's both challenging and rewarding. When I'm not at work, you will find me having fun with my daughter. Something most people don't know about me is that I used to be a professional singer.

Shelby

Shelby

Eyewear Specialist
I am currently working hard in school to become an optometrist! I love all things Halloween and horror! At Optical Studio I love working on social media posts and in my spare time I am usually doing SFX makeup, painting, and photography!

Anna

Anna

Eyewear Specialist
I've been working on improving my knowledge in the optical world since I started working at Optical Studio! My goal is to expand my knowledge in the optical science. My most useless talent is losing bobby pins and magically finding them in the wash.

Victoria

Victoria

Eyewear Stylist
Currently I am working towards my certification to become a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant. When I am not at work, you will most likely find me with my family and, more often than not, away at a hotel for the weekend exploring some other city. A few words I live by, “Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people”.

Judy

Judy

Eyewear Stylist
I started working at Optical Studio in October 2020 and noticed immediately how kind and supportive the team is. It is incredible to be able to be a part of a team that goes above and beyond for others. My goal in life is to help others and to show kindness. I love that I can do that here! I like to try to cheer others up with laughter or jokes that seem funny only to myself. My biggest fear is singing in front of others!

Lauren

Lauren

Eyewear Stylist
I grew up in the United Kingdom and moved to Canada 8 years ago to experience a different way of life. I never thought I would be living at the other end of the world, exploring this wonderful country. I have been working at Optical Studio since 2020 and I love the new challenges that every day brings. I live by the quote, “Live every day to the fullest”.

Bryanne

Bryanne

Eyewear Stylist
Since starting at Optical Studio, my goal is to help people get the proper glasses. I want them to love wearing them and feel good about themselves. Outside of work I love to bake for people with allergies. I love the challenge it gives me to create something delicious they miss eating. My favorite possession in this world are my children.

Karly

Karly

Eyewear Stylist
I started working at Optical Studio in September 2020 and I instantly knew that it would be a job I would love! Everyone is so friendly and the atmosphere is so positive. I'm currently pursuing further education and may end up applying it to the optical industry to expand my career in the field. I have two adorable mini dachshunds that are my whole world. When I'm not at work you can usually find me spending time with friends and family, reading a book, or at a kickboxing class.

Sydney

Sydney

Eyewear Stylist
I love the team environment and the constant support at Optical Studio. I work on the social media team creating content for our clinic. My goal would be to work in different positions in the office to expand my knowledge in the optical industry. In my spare time, I love a good gym session, cooking, binging Disney movies, and spending time outdoors.

Jess

Jess

Eyewear Stylist
I found my passion for optical after I graduated high school and started my first job in this field at another clinic in town. I have moved jobs quite a bit since then however I also knew I wanted to end up back doing what I love. I started at Optical Studio in July 2020 and I fell in love with it all over again, every day brings new challenges and new things to learn. In my spare time you’ll find me cooking, playing board games with my family or going on road trips with my best friends

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