All our Optometrists are members of both the Ontario and Canadian Associations of Optometry and are certified in the treatment and management of ocular disease.
Dr Joe Heslip
Dr. Heslip graduated with honours in 1996 from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. During his externship at the Eye Institute in New Port Richey, Florida, Dr. Heslip gained invaluable clinical experience in the treatment of ocular disease. He practiced as an associate in both Simcoe and Hamilton before joining Dr. MacKenzie in Kitchener. He is the past resident Optometrist for Trinity Village Care Centre and is past president of the Waterloo-Wellington and District Optometric Association.
A native of Kitchener, Dr. Heslip enjoys many outdoor activities with his family. Skiing and swimming are his favourites although he is happily consumed by life as a hockey parent (Let’s GO Rangers!!). A little known tidbit; Dr. Heslip attended Humber College to study composition, arranging and performance as a bassist!
Dr Mary-Jo Shanahan
Dr. Shanahan decided she wanted to become an optometrist when she was just eight years old, after she was fit with her first pair of glasses. She graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2008 where she received awards for top grade in clinic and patient care in both her third and fourth years of study. After graduation, she worked in a busy practice in downtown Toronto.
Originally from Kitchener, she is thrilled to be back in the KW area working with Dr. Heslip. Dr. Shanahan is truly devoted to providing excellent patient care. She is fluent in Spanish and has traveled to Ecuador with an eyecare team to provide services to an impoverished region.
Mary Jo enjoys spending time with her husband and young children, running, scrapbooking and traveling.
Dr Andria Tinkham
Dr. Tinkham graduated with distinction from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Medical Science degree before
completing her Doctor of Optometry degree and graduating with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2013. During her studies, Dr. Tinkham received additional training and completed her ocular therapeutics externship working alongside retinal specialists and laser eye surgeons in Scarborough. Additionally, she gained extensive valuable
clinical experience in multi-disciplinary ophthalmological and optometric practices in Mississauga and Brampton. After graduation, she worked in a private practice in Kitchener and completed a Residency in Advanced Primary Care and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Sciences where she also served as a Clinical Supervisor to optometry students.
Dr. Tinkham practices full scope optometry and welcomes patients of all ages. She is passionate about her work and believes that patient education and disease prevention are vital to enhancing and maintaining optimal vision.
Outside the office, Dr. Tinkham likes to spend time with her family and friends and enjoy the outdoors with her husband, Fred, and her dog, Max.