Meet Dr. Shonah Finlay
Eye Doctor in Grande Prairie, AB
I grew up on the gold mines in South Africa and knew from a young age that I wanted to follow a medically-related career. I applied to and was accepted to study Optometry at the former Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa.
During the last year of studies, I worked on the Phelophepa - Train of Hope. This custom-built train (now 2) travels throughout rural South Africa to deliver top quality primary healthcare to disadvantaged communities. It was a wonderful experience to bring sight to so many people that otherwise do without. Those memories always remind me of why I love practicing optometry.
For the following 10 years, I was approached by various stakeholders to open and run new practices predominantly in the outer lying regions of South Africa.
As I have a special fondness for children, I trained in and ran a branch of the Wise Eye Reading Clinic: aimed at providing a means of measuring reading dysfunction with a visograph and devising a treatment plan for those children struggling with reading problems.
Thereafter, wanderlust won out and I cast my eyes to the Tropics. I moved to the Twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobago and spent a wonderful 8 years working, playing and scuba diving in this paradise.
In this magical environment, I was exposed to and was able to develop special interest in many serious eye diseases, the most prevalent being glaucoma, diabetes and keratoconus.
It once again became time for me to broaden my horizons and the magnificent landscapes of Canada, called. I applied and was accepted to enter into the International Bridging Program hosted through the University of Waterloo and so began my transition into Canada. After completing my bridging to allow me to work in Canada, I accepted a position in Grande Prairie, AB.
As fate would have it, I met my husband in Grande Prairie, where we live happily with our 4 rambunctious Great Danes.
Dr. Shonah and Doctors EyeCare Grande Prairie Values
OUR MISSION: To provide the best possible comprehensive eyecare for all my patients.
OUR VISION: To always remain current with the rapid advances in eyecare in order to better serve my patients.