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. Vanessa Flak

Dr. Vanessa Flak

Optometrist
Dr. Vanessa Flak is the newest optometrist to join the team at Optical Studio. Dr. Flak (she'll say "please call me Vanessa") is originally from Lethbridge. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience with distinction at the University of Lethbridge while holding a leadership role on the soccer field representing the U of L women's team. Vanessa received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 2011 with honours. During her training she had the opportunity to travel to Thailand on a volunteer eye care mission. She enjoys providing full scope quality eye care for patients of all ages and looks forward to developing many positive relationships along the way. Currently she is in the process of taking additional courses in order to better serve both children and adults with binocular vision disorders. When Vanessa is not at the office she 'gets a kick' from leading an active lifestyle either playing soccer, golfing, biking, rollerblading, running, snowboarding...and the list goes on!

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.

Peter Brizinello

Peter Brizinello

Licensed Optician
Peter started in the optical industry when he was only 18 years old. 35 years have gone by and he is still in the industry, enjoying it as much as when he started. Peter's optical training was done "the old-school way", with lots of hands-on repairs, adjustments and making glasses, now in our in-house laboratory. Peter has always lived in the Lethbridge area, and has been married to his wife Jodi for 30 years. They have one son, Justin, who is also a Licensed Optician at Optical Studio. Peter's favourite things include traveling, cooking, driving and working on old sports/muscle cars.

Justin Brizinello

Justin Brizinello

Licensed Optician
Justin was born and raised in Lethbridge, and he loves it here. He first got into the Optical business because of his father, Peter Brizinello. When Justin was just 18 years old, he became a licenced optician. He states that his biggest achievement was "when I purchased my first home at 19 years old". Justin loves to travel - He has been to Mexico three times, and to the Dominican Republic. Justin also loves working on classic cars with his father and close friends. Justin stays as healthy as he can by working out and keeping a healthy diet. He is a very hard worker, and does his best in everything he does.

Sam McFadden

Sam McFadden

Full Time Optician & CCOA
Sam is a local who was born and raised here in Lethbridge. She spends her time golfing, snowboarding, hiking, playing volleyball, boating, and traveling. Sam has recently completed her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant course through the Canadian Association of Optometry this past June. She can be found in our dispensary working with patients, assisting with frame and lens management/buying, merchandising, and marketing new products into fun promotional displays. Sam is looking forward to taking the Licensed Optician course at NAIT next fall, and enjoys furthering her education in the optical field by networking and learning new skills by attending national training events. She is a firm believer in the saying, “Be the fountain, not the drain.”

Ledean Skiba

Ledean Skiba

Part-time Optician
Ledean is glad to be back in optical after being away to raise her three kids on their farm with her husband, Wes. She keeps busy by also working on their farm, volunteering at school and 4-H, mountain biking, curling, and photography. Ledean also enjoy traveling with her family.

Ashley Funa

Ashley Funa

Full-Time Optometric Assistant / Office Manager
Ashley grew up on a farm south of Lethbridge, and later relocated to the city with her family. In 2011, she graduated from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and continued to pursue her love for sports and music at that time. After joining our team in 2013, Ashley spent two years as an Optometric Assistant before starting her new role as our Office Manager. Throughout her journey in the optometric field, her husband, T.J., has supported her every step of the way. Ashley strives to go above and beyond, and tries to live by these wise words: “Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations!”

Chantelle Erickson

Chantelle Erickson

Full-Time Optometric Assistant
Chantelle was born and raised in Oakville, Ontario. She joined our team as an Optometric Assistant where she enjoys helping people everyday. In her spare time, Chantelle is an avid marathon runner, blogger, cook, and gardener. She even moonlights as a Fitness Instructor when she is not busy at the Optical Studio. Most of all, Chantelle loves when she can spend time with her husband Jeremy and two children, Remington and Adelaide. According to Chantelle, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!”

Miranda Vornbrock

Miranda Vornbrock

Full-Time Optometric Assistant
Miranda grew up in Cardston, Alberta where she graduated from Cardston High School in 2013. Joining our team as an Optometric Assistant, she is excited to see where the field of optometry will take her next. Miranda will be spending more time working in our dispensary in the future. During the summer, you can find Miranda at the lake or camping with her friends and family. She is also an avid traveler who enjoys warm destinations during the cold winter months.

Lacey Boychuck

Lacey Boychuck

Full-Time Optometric Assistant
Lacey grew up in the small town of Taber, Alberta. She joined our team as an Optometric Assistant where she provides high quality patient care and takes pride in her work. Lacey has been part of our team for some time facilitating diagnostic testing, and has expanded her knowledge in the optical field. In her spare time, Lacey likes playing a round of golf and spending time with her dog, Teddy. Most of all, she enjoys bonding with family as she is the youngest of 3 girls. Her favourite quote is from John Lennon: "When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote do ‘Happy’. They told me I didn't understand the assignment and I told them they didn't understand life."

Rachel Gillis

Rachel Gillis

Full-Time Optometric Assistant
Rachel grew up in a small community north of Kaslo, B.C. She is a valuable asset to our front desk team and is always happy to help our patients. Rachel loves to go hiking, camping, and enjoys weekend adventures. She believes that you have 8 hours for sleep, 8 hours for work, and 8 hours for play – so enjoy life! Don’t be afraid to do what makes you happy.