Dr. Shannon Smith-Bodiroga is an Optometrist in Winnipeg providing full scope eye care services for the surrounding communities. She is a native of Winnipeg and grew up in the south part of the city. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002 from the University of Manitoba, she furthered her studies at the highly regarded Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.
Dr. Smith-Bodiroga’s optometric clinical internships include Pediatrics, Low Vision and Contact Lens Services at the Illinois Eye Institute, Advanced Care at the Black Hills Regional Eye Institute in South Dakota and Primary Care at both the Walla Walla Veterans Hospital in Washington and Dr. Boyco Image Optometry in Surrey, British Columbia. After 4 years studying in the United States, Dr. Smith-Bodiroga returned to her hometown of Winnipeg to practice optometry.
Dr. Smith-Bodiroga is a current member of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists, the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Beta Sigma Kappa Honors Society and the Tomb and Key Honor Society. She currently serves on the Children’s Vision Committee for the Manitoba Association of Optometrists. She is board certified with both the American Optometric Association and the Canadian Associations of Optometrists. Dr. Smith-Bodiroga was the recipient of the Exceptional Tutor Award at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2008. Dr. Smith-Bodiroga values community involvement and has volunteered performing eye exams for athletes at the Special Olympics and she currently volunteers at the Siloam Mission optometric clinic in Winnipeg.
Dr. Natasha Sookermany, O.D., graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2006 achieving status on the Dean’s Honour List. She is also an alumnus of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Bachelor of Science Degree. During completion of her doctorate degree, Dr. Sookermany completed two externships; one here in Winnipeg with 4 local ophthalmologists and the second in Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
She has served her profession by being a member of the Executive Council for the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO) since 2010, currently sitting as Past President. Dr. Sookermany contributes further to the MAO as a member of the Government Relations committee and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists. In early 2018, she served as the most recent Chair of the Canadian Council of Provincial Presidents.
Dr. Sookermany was born and raised in Transcona, here in Winnipeg and was eager to return to her hometown to pursue her optometric practice. She spends much of her spare time at her cottage property boating and fishing with her family and is a talented musician with years of practice playing many instruments including piano, steeldrums, and bagpipes. Her love of travelling has taken her to many countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, and Japan.
Sandra started in the optical industry in 2002 and has been a Licensed Optician since 2010. She loves all aspects of the optical field from choosing fashionable and trendy frames to the technical advances of lens designs. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring new places and meeting new people.
Ruby comes to us from Steinbach and has 10 years of experience as a certified optometric assistant. She is an enthusiastic friendly individual that can jump in and help out anywhere, whether it be fitting glasses, answering phone calls or pre-testing patients before they see our doctor. In her spare time she enjoys quading and spending time with her family.
Jasmine is our friendly Tagalog speaking Lead Diagnostic Technician and Training Coordinator. It’s usually her warm smile that greets our patients and customers while using our modern equipment to test them before they see our doctors. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and trying new restaurants.
Monica is our newest team member. She joins us after completing her Medical Assistant and Administrative Professional Diploma from Robertson College. She is enjoying meeting our patients and helping them when any questions arise. Outside of work Monica can be found reading a new book and hanging out with her friends.