Optometrists

Dr. Jim Wilkinson

Dr WilkinsonDr. Jim Wilkinson graduated from the University of Kent at Cantebury, England with a degree in Biological Chemistry in 1980. He has been a partner at the current Optometric practice since graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1986. He achieved his F.A.A.O membership (Fellowship of the American Academy of Optometry) in 1989 and is not only a member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario but has also served on several college committees from 2001 to current. Dr. Wilkinson co-developed the Vision Care wing at Freeport Hospital with a local Ophthalmologist. He also authored two sections of the Guide to Clinical Practice of Ontario, was a clinical supervisor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry Primary Care and Ocular Health clinics, and lectured locally. Dr. Wilkinson has pioneered new clinical techniques in corneal re-shaping and dry eye therapy which have become common practice in Ontario.

He and his wife, Dr. Carole Wilkinson (adjunct clinical supervisor at the School of Optometry), have three children and live in Waterloo. They enjoy cross-country skiing, canoeing, tennis, and travelling. Jim and Carole have contributed many years as scout leaders with Scouts Canada, Elmira troup.

Dr. Terry Runstedler

dr RunstedlerDr. Terry Runstedler is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo. He completed his Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 and graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1993. In his graduating year he was the recipient of the J.C. Thompson Memorial Prize for Clinical Optometry in recognition by his peers as an individual who was highly regarded as their mentor and friend. He has practiced Optometry in many clinical settings including being the attending optometrist at Forest Heights long term care residence for 14 years and worked as a Clinical Supervisor for third and fourth year optometry students at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry before settling at his present practice in 2000.

In his spare time Dr. Runstedler enjoys spending time with his wife and three children as well as playing golf, competitive squash and cycling. He has spent many years as a volunteer coach for basketball, ball hockey, soccer and ice hockey in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Dr. Kan Chhatwal

Dr ChhatwalDr Kan Chhatwal graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1972 and was the founder of the present Optometric Practice in 1974. He has had the privilege and honour to serve the patient community for 40 years.

Over the years Dr. Chhatwal has had the opportunity to serve as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Waterloo. He has also served as a College of Optometrists of Ontario: Council Member and Chair & Member of the Appraisal, Complaints, Quality Assurance, Scope & Standards, Fitness to Practice, Ethics and Discipline Committees.

His community involvement has included participation in Junior Achievement, the Kitchener-Conestoga Rotary Club, the K-W Health & Allied Discipline Committee and the Canadian Cancer Society. He is the past president and past newsletter co-editor of the Baptiste Lake Association.

He and his wife Chris have been married for forty years and have four children and three grandchildren.

Dr. Chhatwal has been delighted to have practised with our other three Doctors in the past and will continue to do so with a reduced schedule in the near future. He takes this opportunity to thank the many patients who have made his practice life so rewarding.

Dr. Carolyn Barth

Dr BarthDr. Carolyn Barth is a native of Kitchener-Waterloo and graduated from the University of Waterloo with her Honours Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees in 2008. She has the distinction of being a member of the “Dean’s Honours List” and having received the Irving Baker Excellence in Clinical Optometry Award for her exemplary clinical skills. She has enhanced these clinical skills through externships in New Zealand and the United States which provided her with advanced training to diagnose and co-manage, with medical teams, conditions such as Glaucoma, Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetes, and Cataracts.

Since graduation, Dr. Barth has provided comprehensive eye exams for residents in nursing homes in Brantford, Paris and London area and is currently the attending optometrist at Forest Heights Long term care residence in Kitchener. She is also a Clinical Supervisor for third and fourth year optometry students at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry.

In her spare time, Dr. Barth volunteers with the Chicopee Track 3 program to teach children with visual, mental and physical impairments the joy of skiing. She also enjoys travelling with her husband Adam, swimming, cycling and performing as a concert cellist.