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Eyes Wide Open - Canadian Eye Care
30 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 22: Keeping the Patient in the Centre of New Technology
Dr. David Schwirtz, Optometrist, Vice President of Medical Affairs & Professional development, IRIS Group shares his views on technology advances and the importance of ensuring that technology remains at the centre of patient care, creating a better experience for both the patient and the practitioner.
33 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Episode 21: Is Now a Good Time to Sell Your Practice?
It's been just over one year since COVID-19 interrupted life as we know it casting uncertainty on practice valuations in all health care sectors. How has optometry held up over this period? Jackie Joachim offers her perspective in conversation with Dr. Glen Chiasson based upon real-world experience .
24 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Episode 20: Newlook Vision Group Going Private (Again)
By store count, Canada’s largest optical and eye care organization, the NEW LOOK VISION GROUP announced plans to take the corporation private and and alleviate the onerous burden of public company reporting. Dr. Daryan Angle, IRIS VP Business Development introduces the new investors and talks about the rational for the move with Eyes Wide Open Podcast host, Dr. Glen Chiasson.
30 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Episode 19: The Optometric Family CFO - Roxanne Arnal
Roxanne Arnal, OD and Certified Financial Planner® discusses her unique skill set as a family Chief Financial Officer specifically for optometrists. She charts her path from Optometry School, through personal health challenges and becoming a financial planner focused on Optometry practices and their families.
29 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Episode 18: Building a Dry Eye Specialty Practice
Dr. Steven D’Orio, practicing in partnership his father Dr. Greg D’Orio, shares his approach on incorporating a dry eye specialty within the practice.
20 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Episode 17: What's New at the CAO? President Dr. Michael Nelson Reports
Dr. Michael Nelson, is the current President of the Canadian Association of Optometry (CAO). He’s in the second year of his two-year term. He is in private practice in Winnipeg Manitoba.
25 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Episode 16: An Effective New Option: Specially Designed Lenses for Myopia Management
Dr. Devan Trischuk, OD shares his perspective on myopia control with host Dr. Glen Chiasson. In particular, they discuss the the place for a truly effective new spectacle lens option, MiyoSmart, as part of the myopia management kit tool.
24 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
Episode 15: IRIS Sees Silver Linings Behind the COVID Clouds
Dr. Daryan Angle, IRIS VP Business Development recounts how the COVID crisis accelerated the group’s advanced technology adaption and customer flow management. IRIS continues to be bullish in acquiring partnerships and sees little impact on valuations as a result of COVID closures.
30 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Episode 14: Creating the Future of Optometry Today
Dr. Kerry Salsberg and Dr. Glen Chiason share a few memories while Kerry explains how Eyes on Sheppard became one of the largest optometric practices in Toronto and how a re-imagined practice of the future took shape Covid challenges notwithstanding.
33 minutes | Jun 10, 2020
Episode 13: Update on COVID Related Employment Law Issues from Paul Martin
Paul Martin, founding partner of Wilton Martin Litigation Lawyers, updates employment law issues as clinics and employees start to reopen from the COVID-19 mandated practice shutdowns.
24 minutes | May 20, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 12: HOYA Advice for a COVID Rebound
Ahmos Henry, Hoya Canada president, in discussion with podcast host Dr. Glen Chiasson, offers insights and advise for Canadian eye care professionals in order to emerge stronger in the COVID rebound.
19 minutes | May 13, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 11: Vision Therapy with Dr. Virginia Donati
Glen Chiasson discusses all things Vision Therapy with Dr. Virgina Donati, president of Vision Therapy Canada.
37 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 10: The New ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism Contact Lens
Dr. James (Jim) Hoffman, an early trialist of B+L's new ULTRA Multifocal for Astigmatism contact lenses, shares his experience and best practices with this new contact lens for presbyopes with astigmatism.
20 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 9: DR. Robert Allaway Discusses Vision Alliance - A New Exit Strategy Option for ODs
Dr. Robert Allaway explains the Vision Alliance acquisition model, who’s behind it, and how it fits a need for practice owners that other models do not offer.
22 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 8: FYi doctors Al Ulsifer on COVID-19 and L Catteron Capital Injection
Al Ulsifer, Chair & CEO of FYi doctors shares his views on how COVID-19 may change optometric practice, and what the capital injection of over $100 million means to the FYi doctors group in a free-ranging discussion with EWO podcast host, Dr. Glen Chiasson.
23 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Special Episode: COVID-19 Crisis and Impact on Practice Value
Jackie Joachim, COO of ROI Corporation has solid advice for practices under the assault of COVID-19.
20 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Special Episode: Employment Legal Issues Around COVID19
Paul Martin, founding partner of Wilton Martin Litigation Lawyers, shares his views on how health care professionals might approach labour issues arising as a result of the COVID-19 mandated practice shutdowns.
36 minutes | Mar 17, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 7: How IRIS Challenged Ontario OD Regs and Won!
Podcast host, Dr. Glen Chiasson speaks with Dr. Daryan Angle of IRIS. Angle shares the inside story behind IRIS’ struggle to modernize Ontario’s optometry regulations with host Dr. Glen Chiasson. Dr. Angle relives the 7-year battle with the College of Ontario Optometrists with a blow-by-blow account of how IRIS challenged the status quo and eventually overturned antiquated regulations. Dr. Angle outlines their go-forward approach to acquisitions of optical stores and optometric practices and the benefits that the IRIS Group partnership approach provides to prospective sellers.
27 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 6: The State of the Nation - An Opticianry Perspective
Glen and Robert explore a variety of issues relating to Opticianry and in particular the relationships between Opticians, Optometrists and Ophthalmologists in a Canadian context. Robert provides a succinct overview of the scope of practice initiatives across Canada, including the history of gaining refraction services and why he feels the future struggle will be easier than in the past. He provides some candid thoughts on how relations between optometry and opticianry have evolved. He makes the point that patient-centric collaboration between the professions happens successfully everyday, and when discussion gets elevated to the "political level" it can get bogged down. He keenly observes that advancing technology makes a lot of the discussion between the professionals moot. Robert opines, "I wouldn't be surprised if the very soon we are in a situation where the public themselves comes in with their refraction already done." They end their conversation on a note of optimism on how Bricks & Mortar eye care already successfully compete and how they will continue to do so in the future. Dalton provides some additional thoughts as this weeks Insight Guest profiled on Eye Care Business Canada.
30 minutes | Feb 5, 2020
Eyes Wide Open Episode 5: Transitioning Your Practice
In this episode, host Glen Chiasson speaks with Jackie Joachim, Chief Operating officer for ROI Corporation, about appraising and selling optometric practices.
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