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. 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 Shaw
Dr. Shaw grew up in Saskatoon, SK with her parents and younger sister. Her interest in optometry began in grade 9, after many years of visiting her family optometrist. She spent a total of seven years at the University of Waterloo, ON, obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Optometry degree in 2018.
During her studies, Dr. Shaw gained exposure to a wide array of ocular diseases, including management for diabetic retinopathy, pre and post surgical care for cataracts, dry eye, and macular degeneration. In her second year of optometry school, she worked as an intern at LASIK MD in Toronto, ON, gaining valuable knowledge on the management of pre and post-LASIK and PRK procedures, as well as cross-linking for keratoconic patients. In her fourth year of optometry school, Dr. Shaw spent several 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 and retinal disease. Her primary care internships also took her to Scarborough, ON and Calgary, AB, allowing her to gain exposure in different private practices. In 2015, Dr. Shaw published a journal article in Contact Lens & Anterior Eye on the effect of biofilm growth in contact lens cases with Dr. Lyndon Jones.
Dr. Shaw thoroughly enjoys providing primary care services for her patients. She also has experience with providing vision rehabilitation/vision therapy for patients with learning disabilities, strabismus/amblyopia, and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Shaw moved to Fort Saskatchewan in summer 2019, and feels incredibly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Dr. Wyatt Shaw, and their two cats, Juno and Bowser. Dr. Shaw looks forward to providing comprehensive eye care for you and your family.
Dr. Rebecca Chopek
Dr. Chopek grew up on her family farm just outside Consort, a small town in southeast Alberta. She has been passionate about Optometry since she was 17 years old when she started working at optometry clinics during her summers off from school. She then moved to Edmonton, where she attended the University of Alberta for her undergraduate degree. From there, she moved to sunny California, where she completed her Doctor of Optometry with Honours from Western University of Health Sciences.
Dr. Chopek has practiced in various settings, including Wills Eye Hospital, busy urban settings and remote rural clinics. Before moving back to the Edmonton area in 2019, she practiced in Wainwright, Alberta, developing her passion for pediatrics.
In her spare time, when she’s not chasing her three young children (3 kids under 3 yikes) and husband, she enjoys travelling, camping, watching live sporting events, dabbling in interior design (redecorating her house) and DIY projects.
Dr. Chopek is thrilled to be a part of Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare’s thriving but close-knit team and get back to her "family first" eye care roots.