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Meet Our Team

Jocelyn Zurevinsky BA  OC(C) 
Program Director 

Jocelyn is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She holds current certification with The Canadian Orthoptic Council, and has been practicing orthoptics with the Saskatoon Health Region since 1991, first at Royal University Hospital, and now with the Eye Care Center at Saskatoon City Hospital. 

 Jocelyn has been active within The Canadian Orthoptic Society (Co-President 2003-04; TCOS representative to the Canadian Orthoptic Council 2014-2018; TCOS representative to the American Orthoptic Council 2014-2018), The Canadian Consortium of Orthoptic Training Programs, and The American Association of Certified Orthoptists Education Committee. She holds an editorial review board position with the American Orthoptic Journal, and is author and co-author of 17 papers and presentations.

Jocelyn is currently the Educator at the Saskatoon Health Region Orthoptic Program. Her duties include both didactic and clinical teaching with orthoptic students and ophthalmology Residents, as well as mentoring orthoptic students, residents and medical students in ophthalmology research.

Joel Hyndman BSc, OC(C)

Joel grew up in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. After completing a Biology degree at the University of Regina, he was accepted to the Saskatoon Health Region Orthoptic Program and graduated from the program in 2005. 

Joel spent the next two years as a Low Vision Specialist with CNIB in Saskatoon. In 2007, he accepted a teaching position at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver. Joel returned to Saskatoon in 2008 and has been practicing Orthoptics at Saskatoon City Hospital ever since. 

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.   

Ronna Hjertaas, OC(C), COT

Ronna certified as an orthoptist in 1974 - the second student to graduate from the Saskatoon teaching program. She certified as a JCAHPO ophthalmic technician in 1998. She practiced orthoptics with the Saskatoon Heath Region on a full time basis from 1980 until 2008. During that time she was program director from 1991 until 2008. Since her retirement she has remained on the casual list as a clinical orthoptist.

Ronna has been active within The Canadian Orthoptic Society. She served as President 1991-1992, representative to the Canadian Orthoptic Council 1992-1996, and TCOS representative to the Canadian Medical Association's Allied Health Science Personnel Committee 2007-2009. She was also a Canadian Medical Association surveyor for Orthoptic teaching programs 2006-2009. 

Nichole Pereira BA OC(C)

Nichole Pereira completed the Saskatoon Orthoptic training program in 2014 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Saskatchewan in 2011. She began working at Saskatoon City Hospital Eye Care Centre immediately following her certification. Nichole is also a member of the TCOS.

An avid learner, she has presented her research findings at the 2014 TCOS meeting and continues to engage in ophthalmological research.   

Melissa Racine BA, OC(C) 

Before completing the Canadian Orthoptic Certification exam in 2007, Melissa obtained a BA (with distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. After obtaining her certification, Melissa relocated to Calgary Alberta to work at the renowned Alberta Children's Hospital. During her time there, she worked alongside pediatric specialists and was involved in the Perinatal health program. 

In 2011 Melissa and her family moved back to Saskatoon where she took an Orthoptic position at the Saskatoon City Hospital Eye Center.  

Melissa is also a member of The Canadian Orthoptic Society (TCOS) and is a proponent of continuing education.  ​

Last Modified: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 |
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