Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.
Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.
Meet our Eye Doctors Serving Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Winkler & Selkirk:
Dr. Andrew Aiken was born and raised in Neepawa, Manitoba where he spent part of his childhood on the family farm and part in the town itself. He has ties to the Winkler area through his father who was raised on the family farm near Carman.
He graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2008. Dr. Aiken’s training included externships at the Barnett Dulaney Perkins Surgical Centre in Mesa Arizona, primary care rotations in Edmonton and Kamloops, and an internship at the University of Waterloo. After graduation, he returned close to home and has been practicing for the past five years in Brandon, MB.
Sports were a large part of Dr. Aiken’s life growing up, as a youth, he played any sport he had time for including hockey, football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, track and field, and golf. He continues to play and support many different sports and believes in the importance of contributing to organized youth sports.
Dr. Aiken has always been involved in community and volunteer endeavours. Currently he is a member of the Lions Club and is involved in many other non-profit and volunteer organizations. He strongly believes that individual and corporate community involvement plays a large part in the strength and well-being of a community.
Dr. Braden Nicoll was born and raised on the family farm just outside of MacGregor. He enjoys continuing to help out on the farm, as well as playing many sports, such as hockey, soccer, volleyball, baseball and golf.
Dr. Nicoll attended the University of Manitoba where he graduated in 2010 with his Bachelor of Science. In 2014 he graduated as a Doctor of Optometry from the prestigious University of Waterloo.
Dr. Sarah Sung was born and raised in Russell, Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Microbiology at the University of Manitoba in 2011. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Optometry degree and graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2015. Dr. Sung’s optometric training included primary care rotations in Winnipeg and Red Deer, as well as an externship at the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where she focused primarily on managing ocular diseases such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
Dr. Sung has also had the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua as a part of the Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity (VOSH) organization, providing eye exams and eyeglasses to underprivileged communities. For her, it was an eye-opening experience, and one that she hopes to repeat in the future on additional eye-care missions.
In her spare time, Dr. Sung loves hiking, traveling, and exploring new places. She is also a winter sports enthusiast with a passion for snowboarding. She is very excited to be a part of this innovative clinic and looks forward to serving the community of Selkirk.
Dr. Carl Durand was born and raised in Portage la Prairie and attended the University of Winnipeg, graduating with a BSc in Biology in 2008. He then attended the University of Waterloo and graduated on the Dean’s honour list as a Doctor of Optometry in 2012, with special recognition for clinical excellence. Carl has spent the last 7 years practicing in both Newfoundland and British Columbia. In addition to English, he also speaks French and Spanish. He is living in the Selkirk area where he enjoys working on his hobby farm.