From the first eye exam for a child to the eye care needs of our seniors, our Doctors love to serve and care for the eye health of your family.

Please read over our short bios.  You will find a common theme that we are well trained with the highest qualifications, that we are very experienced, and that we are passionate about our careers as Eye Doctors. If you would like to talk to us, please don’t hesitate to email the eye clinic nearest you.

Dr. Sam Dhaliwal


Born and raised in Edmonton, Dr. Sam Dhaliwal began his undergraduate program at the University of Alberta. In 2003, Dr. Dhaliwal was accepted into the Doctor of Optometry Program at Illinois College of Optometry at an exceptionally young age of 20. In 2007, Dr. Dhaliwal graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry with Cum Laude Honors and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Visual Science. In recognition of his academic achievements he was selected to be part of the Tomb & Key Honors and Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honors Society.

Having performed thousands of eye examinations, contact lens fittings, and surgical co-management; Dr. Dhaliwal is an accomplished optometrist. He has extensive experience in advanced contact lenses fits including Scleral Lenses, Keratoconus Lenses, Orthokeratology(CRT Lenses), Myopia Control Lenses, Post Corneal Surgery and Multifocal Lenses with excellent visual outcomes. His patients regularly comment on his genuine listening skills and ability to provide answers in a clear and common language; he always puts the patient’s best interests above all else. When not working Dr. Dhaliwal enjoys playing hockey, traveling and spending time with his wife, friends and family.

Dr. Amrita Mahal


Dr. Amrita Mahal was born and raised in Edmonton. She completed four years of her Bachelor of Sciences degree at the University of Alberta. Dr.Mahal completed her doctorate of optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (Salus University). She has extensive clinical training in primary eye care, pediatric eye care, contact lens fittings and ocular disease. She is a member of the Alberta Association of Optometrists, Alberta College of Optometrists, and the Canadian Association of Optometrists. When not working, Dr.Mahal enjoys going to the gym/hot yoga, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Dr. Joti Deol


Dr. Deol was born and raised in Edmonton. She got her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Alberta where she majored in biological sciences and got her minor in psychology. She then went on to get her doctorate at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Deol graduated as part of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She rotated throughout various clinics in the U.S. including Martha Elliot Health Center, New England Eye Institute, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Throughout her clinical rotations she has gained a wide variety of experience including pediatrics, contact lens, as well as diagnosing and managing ocular disease. In her spare time Dr. Deol enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Dr. Charanjit Sihota


Dr. Charanjit Sihota has been an Edmontonian her whole life, she is a very compassionate individual who values community, people and self. Dr. Sihota feels blessed to have the ability to help seniors, children and everyone in between. She provides primary eye care as well as working with Ophthalmologists to grow her exposure in all fields of optometry. She has given back by volunteering her time, educating through one on one and radio wherever possible as well as donating to local charities and community events.

Dr. Sihota received her doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2004. She was the recipient of the David J. Keiko Award in Excellence of Clinical Care in 2004. Over her optometric career she has gained valuable experience in pediatrics and primary care. She has been fortunate enough to take part in internships at veterans’ hospitals in both Detroit and South Dakota. She also spent considerable time with the pediatric clinic at Illinois Eye Institute and valuable experience was also gained at the Chicago National institute for the Blind.

Dr. Sihota is currently a member of the Alberta College of Optometrists and Alberta Association of Optometrists. When not working, Dr. Sihota enjoys traveling, reading as well as spending time with her husband and three daughters.

Dr. Kari Ann Smart


Dr. Kari Ann Smart was born and raised in Sturgeon County, Alberta. She studied science at the University of Alberta before her early acceptance to Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. Dr. Smart was awarded with a scholarship to attend Pacific University and was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society in all four years of her attendance.  As part of her clinical experience, she had the opportunity to manage and treat children with binocular conditions at Alderwood Vision Therapy Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Smart provided comprehensive eye care at both the Eye Care Group of Southern Oregon and the Panama City Air Force Base. At the Central California Veterans Hospital, she treated many ocular conditions including glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and pre and post-surgical management of cataract patients. Upon graduation, Dr. Smart was presented with an award for her contribution to vision therapy and pediatric eye care. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting and photography.

Dr. Nav Pandher


Dr. Nav Pandher completed his Optometry Doctorate at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. As part of his clinical experience, Dr. Pandher had the opportunity to be associated with the top US pediatric hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pandher took the time to broaden his knowledge beyond primary eye care taking part in internships at various specializing practices, including fitting contact lenses and managing ocular disease.

As a fellow Edmontonian, it is Dr. Pandher’s mission to give thorough and unparalleled eye care to his patients. Strongly believing that an eye exam is more than getting a glasses prescription and a patient is more than a set of eyes, Dr. Pandher puts a heavy emphasis in patient education promoting ocular health. When not working, Dr. Pandher enjoys traveling, playing various sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Dr. Jada Hong


Dr. Hong grew up in Spruce Grove and attended University of Alberta before moving to Waterloo to pursue optometry. As part of her clinical experience, she trained under corneal, cataract, retinal, and glaucoma specialists in Baltimore which included grand round lectures at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. She has traveled to Romania and Thailand underprivileged communities to provide eye care and is going on another mission trip this year to Malawi, Africa. Outside of work, Dr. Hong is a yoga instructor. When she is not on her yoga mat, you can find her trying new restaurants, enjoying a good cup of coffee and spending time outdoors

Dr. Dave Scheuerman


Dr. Scheuerman was born and raised in Alberta and currently calls Lloydminster home. He received his Bachelor of Science from University of Alberta in 2010. From there he went on to the University of Waterloo and received his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2014. During his studies he had the opportunity to work with a retinal specialist and received extensive training in management of retinal disease. He has a special interest in vision therapy and rehabilitation and pediatrics. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, running and spending time with his family.

Dr. Kristen Woynorowski


Dr. Woynorowski attended the University of Alberta, completing her first BSc degree with honors in 2005. In 2006 she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to attend the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, earning a second BSc degree, and her Doctor of Optometry degree with honors in 2010. Her clinical experience includes the Ophthalmology department at Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia, PA., Indian Health Services in Crow Agency, MT, low vision rehabilitation at the William Feinbloom Centre in Philadelphia, PA., specialty contact lens training in San Diego, CA. and private practice in Edmonton, AB. In her free time, Dr. Woynorowski enjoys training with her horse, Casino Royale.


Dr. Sayyeda Mavani


Dr. Sayyeda Mavani is from Edmonton and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta. She completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA. Dr. Mavani received a great deal of training in contact lenses at the New England Eye Institute. She also had the opportunity to receive extensive primary care training, while focusing on treating and managing ocular diseases. During her clinical rotations, she worked with well-known pediatric specialists in the Massachusetts area. While she was in Boston, Dr. Mavani participated in VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and hopes to continue to provide and promote eye care in various populations.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Palak Sandhu


Dr. Sandhu was raised in Toronto and moved to Edmonton after getting married to her Optometry school classmate. She got her Bachelor of Science from University of Toronto and then went to the State University of New York College of Optometry where she graduated from in 2014. During Optometry school Dr. Sandhu did her internships at the VA hospital in New Jersey, SUNY college and the Vision Institute in Toronto focusing on ocular disease, contact lens and primary care. She practiced full scope Optometry in the Greater Toronto Area for over 2 years prior to moving to Edmonton. She is very passionate about Optometry and loves all aspects of patient care. In her spare time she loves traveling.



Dr. Sonia Heer


Dr. Sonia Heer was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology at the University of Alberta. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois where she was awarded a Board of Trustee Scholarship to attend the Illinois College of Optometry. During her time there, Dr. Heer gained diverse experience in advanced care and ocular disease management. She was given the opportunity to rotate through various clinics including the Central Western Massachusetts VA, Mid Florida Eye Center, and the Alfred and Sara Rosenbloom Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Heer received her doctorate with the highest academic honor, Summa Cum Laude and was awarded membership to the Tomb and Key Honor Society and Beta Sigma Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Heer is passionate about her profession and places a strong emphasis on patient education and comprehensive eye care. In her free time Dr. Heer enjoys travelling with her husband, cooking, and working out.

Dr. Michael Pedersen


Dr. Pedersen was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and raised in Edmonton. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science and then Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Genetics. He attended Optometry school at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2013. His internships included placements at Omni eye center in Baltimore, MD, and at Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. Dr. Pedersen is committed to providing high quality eye care. He enjoys taking the time to explain to patients any problems they might be having with their eye health or vision. Outside of work Dr. Pedersen is a father to two young children and enjoys spending time with family and friends.