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Joel Hyndman MMedSci, OC(C), BSc
Program Director

Joel grew up in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology) from the University of Regina in 2003. He completed his Orthoptic training through the Saskatchewan Health Authority Orthoptic Program at Saskatoon City Hospital and certified as a Canadian Orthoptist in 2005. 

He then spent two years with CNIB as a low vision rehabilitation specialist and one year as a lecturer and clinical instructor with BC Children’s Hospital Orthoptic Program in Vancouver before returning to Saskatoon to join the Orthoptic Department at Saskatoon City Hospital. Since 2008, he has been involved in clinical and didactic instruction of Orthoptic students and Ophthalmology residents.

Joel completed a Master of Medical Science Degree (Distinction) in Vision and Strabismus through the University of Sheffield, England in 2020. He is accredited in Stroke Assessment and Low Vision Assessment through the British and Irish Orthoptic Society (BIOS) and is a member of the Editorial Board for the British and Irish Orthoptic Journal.  

Joel’s current interests include low vision and post-stroke visual assessment. 

Katie Pendleton BA, OC(C)

Katie obtained a Bachelor of Arts (honors) at the University of Saskatchewan in 2000, followed by Canadian Orthoptic Council certification in 2003. She has worked as an orthoptist in Canada and the USA since becoming certified. 

She has been working in her current position at the Eye Care Centre in Saskatoon since 2008.

A TCOS member, Katie enjoys learning new and innovative approaches to Orthoptics and Ophthalmology and is interested in research, especially studies related to pediatric patients. 

Michael Walby BSc, OC(C)

Michael is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (with great distinction). He completed his orthoptic training at the Saskatoon Health Region Orthoptic Program in 2011. Upon obtaining his certification from the Canadian Orthoptic Council he began working as an orthoptist for the Saskatoon Health Region and became a TCOS member.

 Michael is currently a clinical orthoptist with clinical education and didactic responsibilities.  He has a special interest in teaching and neurologic conditions.   

Nichole Pereira BA OC(C)

Nichole certified as an orthoptist from the Saskatoon Orthoptic training program in 2014 following a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan. She accepted her current position as a clinical orthoptist at Saskatoon City Hospital Eye Care Centre immediately following her certification.  

She is actively engaged in her current role as both a clinical examiner and educator to orthoptic students. She is also involved in research studies with special interest in both pediatric and neuro ophthalmological conditions.

Nichole is currently an active board member for both the Canadian Orthoptic Council (COC) and The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS) sitting as a regional representative to both local and international orthoptists. 

Heather Rattanavong BSc, OC(C)

Heather studied at the University of Saskatchewan where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She worked for several years in a variety of human service areas before returning to school to study at the Saskatoon Orthoptic Training Program. She received her Canadian Orthoptic certification in 2011 and worked as a Clinical Orthoptist for several years at Saskatoon Eye Surgeons.

Heather has been employed at Saskatoon City Hospital since as a casual Clinical Orthoptist since 2014 and joined the team fulltime in 2021. She has a particular interest and love for pediatric eye care.

Lindsay Donaldson BSc, OC(C)

Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in 2011. She completed her first year of orthoptic training at BC Children’s hospital in Vancouver, BC and then completed her second year at the Saskatoon Orthoptic Training program in 2013. She worked at a private Ophthalmology clinic in Saskatoon from 2013 until 2020 and then accepted a position at the eye care centre in June 2021.

Lindsay is also a member of the Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS) and has special interest in seeing pediatric patients.


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