Your Doctors of Optometry
Dr. Shailinder S. Bhullar
After watching a documentary on the lack of vision care in developing countries, Dr. Bhullar was inspired to work in the field of Optometry. Born and raised in Kitimat, BC, Dr. Bhullar moved to Vancouver to study Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University. He later studied Optometry at the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Bhullar completed various externships in several different modes of practice, including focussing on dry eyes and complex contact lens fits.
As a passionate spokesperson for Optometry, Dr. Bhullar has been featured in various radio, TV, and print media outlets to educate the public about eye and vision care. Dr. Bhullar also uses his expertise to conduct free vision screenings and health fairs for various camps around the world.
Dr. Preetpal (Sunny) Saggu
Place of Birth: Born and raised in Surrey BC
Favourite Food: Pizza. More specifically homemade pizza. The secret is in the dough.
Hobbies: Hobbies are working out, playing ball hockey and walks/hikes with the family.
Experience in Optometry/Opticinary: My experience with Optometry started when I volunteered with Dr Bhullar in 2009. I was then hired by the team at Look Optometry and continued to work with Dr Bhullar until going to optometry school in 2011at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. I Graduated in 2015 and moved back to Surrey and began working at Look Optometry and never looked back.
What Do You Love About the Eyes: I love that the eyes tell us so much about us! Not only are our eyes responsible for vision but there are so many things you can tell about a person from their eyes. Many health conditions can present with changes to our eyes and in some cases we can be the first to help diagnose certain conditions.
Fear You Have Overcome in the Last 10 Years: I don't know if it's necessarily a fear but the biggest hurdle for me personally in the past 10 years was moving away for optometry school. I had always lived in Surrey since I was born and moving away from home to another Country was definitely challenging but like most things that are difficult in life I feel like I became a better person because of it. Not only do I feel like I was able to grow academically and professionally by attending optometry school but I definitely had a lot of personal growth and learned to do a lot of new things.
Why You Love Working at Look Optometry: I love the atmosphere that we have created at Look. I feel our team includes individuals who share a similar mission of helping others and spreading positive energy. As a member of the South Asian community I also enjoy the opportunity to be able to provide eye exams in Punjabi to individuals who may have otherwise neglected their eye health without that option.
Dr. Vanessa Wang
Dr. Vanessa Wang grew up in Toronto, Ontario. After completing her Doctorate of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2008, Dr. Wang journeyed back west, excited to practice in her birthplace of Surrey, BC.
Dr. Wang places a high value on family and overall health. She focused her specialty in paediatrics(A branch of Optometry that involves care of infants, children, and adolescents). She is multi-talented and speaks four languages!
Your Optical Team
Place of Birth: I was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; moved to Canada when I was 5 years of age and can still speak Vietnamese!
Favourite Food: Being from Vietnam, I can never say no to a nice bowl of steaming Pho. Give me a nice tasty bowl of noodles, and you have my heart. No, I don’t like rice.
Hobbies: Cooking is my jam! Being in the kitchen and striking up something delicious for others to enjoy makes me happy! Returning an empty plate garners all smiles! Having said that, I really enjoy going out to eat and having different culinary experiences. Mostly, it's about the food; other times, it's about the company you're with, the music that's playing, the atmosphere or quality of the restaurant, or you're travelling in a new city away from home. To be honest, I love everything about food.
Experience in Optometry/Opticianary: I can't say that I knew this industry (optometry and eyewear) was where I would end up in. I started working in the industry more than a decade ago and started as an optometric assistant. I was slowly introduced to a wide range of different situations and to all aspects of optometry and eyewear. What really piqued my curiosity and interest was when I learned about all the different types of lenses and frames. I realized how much optometry and eyewear compliment one another and that's when I realized how much I enjoyed this industry. Finding the right lens and glasses frame is a science and an art! I love finding that right balance between the need for clarity and crispness in your lenses so you can see, but also the fit, style, and comfort of the frame so it looks great and wears comfortably. I want people to see great and look even better!
What Do You Love About the Eyes: I love that a set of eyes can tell many stories and that each set of eyes can see differently from any other. I love the inherent contradiction between the fact that people can literally look at the same thing without truly seeing it the same.
Fear You Have Overcome in the Last 10 Years: I have overcome my fear of spiders. Just kidding, I have a husband I can call for to kill them for me now.
Why You Love Working at Look Optometry: Because it’s a place you can come to and genuinely say you’re a part of an amazing establishment. It's as much about the patient experience as it is the quality of the service and the utility of the information. We treat each other like family and you are encouraged to be yourself and push your boundaries, so the opportunity for personal and professional growth is exponential.
Place of Birth: Russia (Chelyabinsk to be more specific)
Favourite Food: Food is okay, but the true way to my heart is anything with sugar… I’ll take all the chocolate and donuts I can get my hands on!
Hobbies: I love fashion photography! From styling to editing to being in front of and behind the lens, I get so excited about it. I also enjoy taking ballet classes and going to the gym when I have spare time.
Experience in Optometry/Opticianary: I started my journey in the optical world without ever expecting to find a career in it. In 2017 I was hired to be an admin assistant and became quickly fascinated by the industry. I took the Opticianry course at Douglas a year later and got my Refracting and Dispensing Optician Licenses. I also started my blogging and Instagram journey around that time, sharing my love for independent eyewear brands and how I style them with my outfits. My social media grabbed the attention of Transitions Lenses USA and CA and I am now a brand ambassador and change agent for their company.
What Do You Love About the Eyes: I love the fact that two people could be staring at the same photo, person, car, building, city, and be interpreting differently based on what their own eyes are telling them.
Fear You Have Overcome in the Last 10 Years: I’ve always feared asking questions because I did not want to be annoying or ask a stupid question and be judged for it. I realised how many things I missed out on learning just because I thought staying quiet was my best option. I now ask all and any questions and learn so much from them.
Why You Love Working at Look Optometry: From the day of my interview I’ve felt like I can breath and really be myself around everyone. It’s really such a welcoming environment that I haven’t ever experienced in the past!
Place of Birth: Houston, Texas
Favourite Food: Seafood
Hobbies: Hitting the gym, playing soccer, making TikTok videos and fashion.
Experience in Optometry/Opticianary: Licensed Optician + Contact Lens Fitter; special interest in making patients look and feel good
Fear You Have Overcome in the Last 10 Years: The fear of failure and change
Why You Love Working at Look Optometry: Look Optometry is a family, to me it’s not just a job but a place where I can practice what I love and continue to grow everyday.
Born and raised in Prince George, Suman brings a fun and professional vibe to the team. A licensed optician by training, she’s the multi-talented voice and smile you often first meet when greeted at Look Optometry. She has an intrinsically high value on family and connection, which makes her one of the team’s best problem solvers and connectors. She is one of the many dog lovers on the team, who spends a lot of time with her dog Sheru along with her husband.