We have been serving Edgemont Village and the surrounding communities since 1963 when Dr. Tennant moved his practice from downtown Vancouver to the Professional Center on Edgemont Boulevard. Dr. Thompson took over the practice in 1988 when Dr. Tennant retired and moved it to our current location on Crescentview Drive in 1993.
Dr. Harasym became an associate with Dr. Thompson in 2011 and in 2016 became the new owner and officially changed the name to Edgemont Optometry. She is honoured to carry on the legacy of her predecessors of excellent eye care to our North Shore communities.
Dr. Danica Harasym began her post-secondary studies in Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Saskatchewan before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. During her final year of training, she completed an externship in Ocular Disease and Therapeutics in Huntsville, Alabama. After graduation, she practiced throughout Vancouver Island and the lower mainland before becoming an associate at Edgemont Optometry in 2011 and ultimately purchasing the practice in 2016. Dr. Harasym is very happy to be a permanent part of the Edgemont Village community.
Dr. Harasym’s professional interests include contact lenses, dry eye therapy, nutrition, co-management of laser vision correction and ocular disease. She is passionate about pediatric vision care and is actively involved in myopia control treatment options for children. She is a member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists. She is a full therapeutic member of the College of Optometrists. She has also received post-graduate training in Behavioural Optometry from the Optometric Extension Program.
Outside the office, Dr. Harasym enjoys photography, volleyball, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She is very happy to both live and work on the North Shore.
Dr. James Thompson comes from a strong optometry background. He is a fourth-generation optometrist. He graduated with his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry, practiced in Dawson Creek for ten years, and then moved to North Vancouver in 1985.
Dr. Thompson practices general optometry with special interest in brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and learning disorders. He is a member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, The College of Syntonic Optometry, the Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation Association and the College of Vision Development. He is a full therapeutic member of the British Columbia College of Optometrists. He has also taken post-graduate courses in Behavioural Optometry from the Optometric Extension Program and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Thompson and his wife Janice have two grown children and two young grandchildren. Outside the office, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, travelling and camping. He follows news avidly, is a scout leader and active Rotary participant.
Dr. Dorice Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of Winnipeg before earning her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. During her final year of training, she completed an externship in Ocular Disease and Therapeutics in Houston, Texas. Following graduation, she returned to her hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba to take on a locum position before ultimately moving to Vancouver and joining the team at Edgemont Optometry.
Dr. Lee practices general optometry as a full therapeutic member of the British Columbia College of Optometrists. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
In her free time, Dr. Lee is an avid boulderer, reader, and restaurant explorer.
Dr. Liseann Head received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Waterloo, graduating with honours. During that time, she had internships at a private practice in Terrace, British Columbia and a Veterans Affairs Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky where she had extensive exposure to primary care eye diseases. Dr. Head also received an NSERC Research Grant for vision therapy with children; presenting the findings at the 2008 ARVO conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Upon graduation, she was the recipient of a Clinical Excellence Scholarship and the CooperVision Contact Lens Award.
Dr. Head enjoys all areas of optometry including contact lens, geriatrics, ocular disease treatment and co-management, primary and emergency care, laser surgery co-management, and pediatrics. While Dr. Head provides detailed and attentive care to patients of all ages, she has a passion for myopia control treatment in children.
Dr. Head is a member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists, serving on the Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and volunteers on the Membership Committee. She is a full therapeutic member of the College of Optometrists. An avid learner, she keeps up with the latest research and treatments. In her free time, Dr. Head participates in various community events, travels with her husband, enjoys cross-stitching, and hiking.
Kate began working at Edgemont Optometry in 2001. She has lived and worked on the North Shore all her life. She has been an Optometric Assistant since 2001 and has been doing vision therapy since 2003. Kate has Optometric Extension Program certification, having finished all of the OEP curriculum. She has completed studies with the College of Vision Development.
Kate is patient and detail-oriented. She has extensive experience with contact lenses and enjoys training new wearers to successfully master the technique of insertion and removal of their lenses. She is always happy to answer questions.
Outside the office, Kate enjoys hiking on the North Shore mountains, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Joel, originally from Australia, moved to Canada and the North Shore in 2013 on a working holiday and has lived here ever since. He quickly settled into North Shore living and met many locals whilst working up at Grouse Mountain. Joel loved living in Canada and the North Shore so much he became a Canadian Permanent Resident in 2015.
Joel completed his Optician studies in 2010 and worked in a similar, friendly and professional practice environment in Australia for six years, only leaving to make his travels to Canada.
Joel has a keen interest in frame and sunglass technology and keeps up with what's current in the world of optical fashion. He enjoys helping our patients find that perfect frame that they'll love to wear each day.
In his free time Joel enjoys watching movies, travelling and spending time with friends.
Helen moved to Canada from Ukraine in 2016. Before moving, she completed her PhD in technical sciences in 2004 and since then has successfully transitioned into the field of opticianry.
Helen speaks many languages and has a strong interest in both the fashion of frames and the technology of lenses. She is extremely happy to work with our patients to find solutions to their visual needs.
Outside the office, Helen enjoys the beautiful British Columbia landscape and appreciating the North Shore’s natural wonders with her family and friends.
Janice was a long-time patient at Edgemont Optometry before joining our team. She is very enthusiastic about vision care and loves helping our patients in the office with everything from booking appointments to choosing fashionable frames.
Janice is a public relations graduate from Mount Royal University in Calgary and has a background in not for profit and personnel recruiting. She is also a singer/songwriter and currently fronts a country and blues band. When she isn’t performing, she enjoys hiking and appreciating nature on her Bowen Island home.
Stacey grew up in Vancouver and moved to North Vancouver after her first daughter was born. Her three daughters have attended schools in the Edgemont area and Stacey is an active participant in the school community. She has a background in accounting and property management and brings many of these skills to our office.
Outside the office, Stacey loves watching her daughters play soccer, reading, dreaming of travelling, and enjoying the North Shore wilderness.
Janet is excited to be a member of our Edgemont Optometry team. She has lived and worked on the North Shore for most of her life and her son attended school in the Edgemont neighbourhood.
Janet has a background in education and is actively involved in several volunteer agencies in our community. She enjoys walking her dogs by the beach, going to the gym, and having coffee with her husband and friends.
Theresa attends the University of Victoria where she is working towards her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in psychology with a minor in business. When not studying hard, Theresa loves to socialize with family and friends, work out, do hot yoga classes, and play on the UVIC intramural volleyball team.
Theresa graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 2017. She grew up dancing competitively and even found time for figure skating, volleyball, skiing, and horseback riding.
Theresa grew up just a few blocks away from Edgemont Optometry. She has always had an interest in eye care, and is super excited to be working with Dr. Harasym and the wonderful team at Edgemont Optometry. Who knows – one day she might even become an optometrist!
Edgemont Optometry is a leading provider of optometric services and vision care products on the North Shore. We have been serving the community surrounding Edgemont Village since 1952.