About Us

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Optical Studio has four on-site optometrists, along with licensed opticians, and professional office staff. Among the best in Lethbridge, our team is here to provide the best eye care for you and your family. The rest of our team is made up of licensed opticians, and professional assistants. These well-trained team members are well equipped to provide you with the best eye care service Lethbridge has to offer.

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
Dr. George grew up on a small farm west of Fort Macleod. He enjoyed playing multiple sports for FP Walshe High School. Dr. 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, George 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
Dr. Melissa Groeneweg 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 solely 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 Image Optometry in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Groeneweg’s interests include medical eye care, but she also has a keen interest in vision therapy which includes the diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision problems, especially in school-aged children.

Dr. Ashley Olford

Dr. Ashley Olford

Optometrist
Ashley was born and raised in St. John’s, 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 hiking in the mountains, doing yoga, or volunteering at a local or international organization.


Rennie Arik
Office Manager

Samantha McFadden
Lab Manager

Kelsey Janzen
Lab Technician

Amy Macht
Lab Technician

Jarett Rigaux
Lab Technician

Andie Kern
Lab Technician

Aimee Weir
Lab Technician

Wayne McPherson
Lab Technician

Miranda Vornbrock
Optometric Assistant

Ashley Funa
Optometric Assistant

Bethany Cahoon
Optometric Assistant

Tenille Doram
Optometric Scribe

Kennadi Bodnar
Optometric Scribe

Kaylie Popson
Lab Technician

Ledean Skiba
Lab Technician

Dawn Indenbosch
Optometric Assistant

Katlyn Boese
Optometric Assistant