Envision: seeing beyond Senior Editor JoAnne Sommers has spent more than 30 years working as a journalist and communications professional. In addition to her work on Envision magazine, her credits include The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, Canadian Business and Investment Executive. She has been associated with Breton Communications since 1997.
Paddy is an experienced communicator who enjoys media relations, public speaking, and adult education. Her published writing can be found in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Maclean’s and Canadian Business magazines. Paddy has worked in the optical sector, as a contributor and now editor-in-chief of Envision: seeing beyond magazine for over 10 years.
James Ahola is the Canadian sales manager for Tura. With over 15 years experience in the optical industry, James is an autority on sales management and marketing strategies. His prominence within the industry has expanded to include the roles of established author and nationally renowned motivational speaker, lecturer and presenter.
Caroline Breton Brider
Caroline Breton Brider, a registered dietitian, is an associate editor for Envision: seeing beyond magazine. She has published several articles on eye health and nutrition. A member of l’Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and Dietitians of Canada, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science from McGill University and a marketing degree from Ryerson University.
Dr. Netan Choudhry
Dr.Netan Choudhry is currently the Director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Division at the Herzig Eye Institute. He completed his retina training at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School in Boston. He currently serves on the Diabetic Educators Committee at CNIB and is active in retina research.
Brian P. Dunleavy
Brian P. Dunleavy is a freelance writer based in New York City. He has been covering the spectacle lens market for more than 15 years, writing for publications such as 20/20, Vision Monday and Review of Optometry. He has also written on other health care-related topics, contributing to professional journals for pain specialists, general practitioners and infectious disease specialists.
Jennifer George is a writer and freelance medical editor with a focus on ocular health and patient advocacy. Her goal is to facilitate the flow of information across the doctor-patient synapse and increase patient awareness of diseases, their treatment options and preventative measures.
Dr. Shirley Ha graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and is currently in private practice in Burlington-Oakville. She served as past-president of the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO) and is currently the Volunteer Lead for the Eye See…Eye Learn program in the Halton area.
Over the course of fifteen years, Evra Taylor has been senior writer and editor for leading communications agencies in Montreal and Toronto. An accomplished journalist, Evra has worked as a columnist and feature writer for Montreal’s The Gazette, and numerous trade and consumer publications. Evra’s talent lies in her ability to write informative content with an original twist.