Dr. Colin Hobson
Dr. Hobson was born and raised in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He attended Rudolph Hennig Elementary School before transferring to Ardrossan Jr./Sr. High School’s French Immersion program.
He went to the University of Alberta before transferring to the University of Waterloo, where he received an Honors Undergraduate degree in Science. Dr. Hobson also received a doctorate degree from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry.
In 2012, he became the Lead Optometrist at Family Vision Care where he took over from Dr. Geoff Marsh after his retirement. In May 2015 Dr. Hobson joined up with Optician Kelly Reil to create Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare. Together, their hope is to offer exceptional eyecare services to patients living in Fort Saskatchewan and the surrounding communities.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Hobson’s interests include playing both court and beach volleyball with his wife Jen, hiking with his dogs Kevin and George and boating in the summer months. In September 2018 Dr. Hobson and his wife Jen had a baby girl named Elliot. He is currently involved in organizations such as Optometry Giving Sight, Fort Sasktchewan Rotary, the local Chamber of Commerce and the Edmonton Volleyball Association.
Dr. Hobson welcomes new appointments and looks forward to seeing you!
Dr. Shanine Lafreniere
Dr Shanine Lafreniere was born and raised in the small community of Mallaig, approximately 170 km northeast of Fort Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Alberta for her undergraduate studies, then completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo in 2008, graduating with honours.
Immediately after graduation, she moved to British Columbia where her husband was posted with the RCMP. She began practicing in Delta, BC where she developed a keen interest in ocular disease and pediatrics, as well as a passion for incorporating new technology into the provision of eye care. She was the practice ambassador for the a-b-see program, and visited many preschools in the Surrey-Delta area to educate parents and teachers on the importance of early eye exams in children. She was a member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists of British Columbia.
A transfer with the RCMP in 2013 finally brought Dr Lafreniere and her family back to Northeastern Alberta, and they are thrilled to be part of Fort Saskatchewan’s vibrant, growing community. In her spare time (which is virtually non-existent as a busy mom of four young children) she enjoys cooking, playing slow pitch, watching curling and baseball, and going camping with her family. She is very proud to be part of the Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare team, and looks forward to serving the community and surrounding areas.
Dr. Sara Starko
Dr. Sara Starko loves practicing in Fort Saskatchewan, a city that is dear to her heart. As a descendant of the Lamoureux family, Dr. Starko grew up on a farm across the river. She attended Our Lady of Angels Elementary School and John Paul II High School. Dr. Starko then moved on to Grant MacEwan University where she and a friend founded the Grant MacEwan Pre-Optometry club.
Because optometry has been her life-long passion, Dr. Starko went on to receive numerous awards and recognition during her training at the Illinois College of Optometry. She was the Vice President of the Gold Key Honor Society and President of the Private Practice Club, wherein she was awarded the Preston Cup as voted on by club leaders from all optometry institutions in America. Despite her many leadership awards, she feels that her greatest accomplishment as a student was running the Chicago Marathon with her mom, Trish Davies.
Fort Saskatchewan has always been home for Dr. Starko and her husband Brayden Starko. Dr. Starko is thrilled to give back to the community that had raised her through involvement with the Rotary Club and the Fort Saskatchewan Community Band.
When Dr. Starko is not seeing patients, she enjoys water sports, hiking, running, playing the saxophone, and yoga. In the winter months she can be found in the mountains of Sicamous, BC snowmobiling with friends and family.
Dr. Wyatt Shaw
Dr. Shaw was raised in Moosomin, a small but busy town in Southeast Saskatchewan. He grew up loving the outdoors, playing sports, and staying involved in the community through volunteer groups and clubs. After high school Dr. Shaw attended the University of Regina where he studied chemistry and then went on to complete his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. He remained on the Dean's list throughout his studies and graduated with honours.
During his education Dr. Shaw completed an internship in Fort Saskatchewan and loved the community and the surrounding area. He also completed an internship in Lexington, Kentucky at a veteran's hospital as well as a third internship in Waterloo, ON. Dr. Shaw has also participated in a humanitarian trip to Moldova where he helped to provide eye care to those in need.
After graduation in 2018 Dr. Shaw moved back to the Fort Saskatchewan area that he had grown so fond of during his internship and has been enjoying his position at Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare. In his free time Dr. Shaw likes to play volleyball, baseball and basketball, play the piano, and spend time with his family and friends.
Dr. Lucy Liu
Dr. Liu is ecstatic to be the newest optometrist joining the Fort Saskatchewan Eye Care team! She grew up in Saskatoon, SK with her mom, dad, and younger sister. Following high school, she spent a total of seven years at the University of Waterloo, ON, obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree and Doctor of Optometry degree in 2018.
During her studies, Dr. Liu gained exposure to a wide array of ocular diseases, including management for diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, dry eye, and macular degeneration. In her second year of optometry school, she spent three months working as an intern at LASIK MD in Toronto, ON, gaining valuable knowledge on management of pre and post LASIK and PRK patients. In her fourth year, she spent four months in Salt Lake City, UT as an intern at the Eye Foundation of Utah, where she gained valuable knowledge on the diagnosis and management of many ocular diseases, with a heavy emphasis on glaucoma. Her primary care internships also took her to Scarborough, ON and Calgary, AB, allowing her to gain exposure to different private practices. In 2015, she published a journal article in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye on the effect of biofilm growth in contact lens cases with Dr. Lyndon Jones.
After graduating, Dr. Liu moved to Kamloops, BC and practiced full scope optometry at Kamloops Family Vision Clinic for a year. She saw and managed a wide array of ocular disease, and had a close relationship with the ophthalmologists in Kamloops. After deciding that she wanted to be closer to home, Dr. Liu moved to Fort Saskatchewan in summer 2019, when she had the privilege of joining the Fort Saskatchewan Eye Care family. She is extremely excited to settle down in the Fort and make this her permanent home. In her spare time, she loves to exercise, explore the outdoors, watch movies and spend time with her family, friends, and cat, Juno!
Dr. Liu enjoys seeing patients of all ages, from the little kiddos to her senior patients. Dr. Liu is accepting new patients and would be happy to provide comprehensive eye care for you and your family.