Meet Our Experienced Oakville Optometrists & Staff
Dr. Nell Van Ymeren | Optometrist
Dr. Van Ymeren received her Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo and completed her Doctorate of Optometry in 1976 from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. She received an award of excellence in contact lens fitting upon graduation. She has taken special interest in contact lens fitting as well as children’s vision and vision training. She has practiced in Oakville for over 30 years now. Her own practice is in West Oakville (Bronte) and she also practices occasionally in Mississauga.
She has been a clinical supervisor of students at the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo for a number of years. She has served on the Children’s Vision Committee of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, and has been on the Steering Committee of the Ontario Association of Children with Learning Disabilities. She has spoken to numerous school and parent teacher groups, including the Oakville Parent Child Centre and the Ontario Association of Optometrist seminars.
Dr. Van Ymeren is also trained in laser vision correction and co-management and is on the Advisory Board for the TLC Laser Vision Centers. She pioneered the first gas permeable and bifocal contact lenses in Canada and fits all of the latest types of lenses for patients of all ages. She does special testing for children with learning difficulties and does visual motor and perceptual training with children who have difficulties. If problems are found she provides vision therapy programs for them.
Dr. Blake Marsden | Optometrist
Dr. Blake Marsden completed his Doctorate of Optometry at Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Throughout his training he gained considerable experience fitting contact lenses and managing ocular diseases including glaucoma at the NSU Eye Care Institute at the Sanford L. Ziff Health Care Center. Dr. Marsden completed an ocular disease focused externship at the Eye Centers of South Florida where he became experienced in ocular post-surgical care following cataract, glaucoma and corneal surgeries.
He also completed an externship at Easton Eye Care gaining experience fitting a variety of contact lenses and managing pre and post-op LASIK surgical care.
During his years at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Marsden was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honours Society—an organization dedicated to academic excellence and professionalism and a privilege given to those who maintain an academic average of 90% or better. Dr. Marsden was consistently placed on the university’s Dean’s List for his outstanding scholastic performance throughout his academic career. He currently practices in West Oakville and in Mississauga.
Before his optometric training, Dr. Marsden completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Toronto. In his spare time, Dr. Marsden enjoys snowboarding, tennis, travelling and has volunteered for The Kidney Foundation of Canada for over 20 years.
Dr. Blake Marsden also practices at Mississauga location. He is a partner at Erin Mills Optometry.Learn More
Dr. Kristina Love | Optometrist
Dr. Kristina Love received her Doctor of Optometry in 1995 from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry. She has been an integral part of our practice for 10 years now.
Dr. Love is trained in laser vision co-management and fits all types of contact lenses.
Kelly Brown | Office Manager
Kelly Brown joined Bronte Optometry in early 2013 and is our office manager. She came to us with numerous years of experience managing a full scope multi-doctor optometric practice. She has knowledge of all facets of optometry and is a tremendous addition to our practice. She has impeccable taste in the selection of eyewear and will be happy to demonstrate to you the current fashion trends in eye glasses. She will also advise you as to the spectacle style, colour and shape which would best suit your face, complexion and lifestyle. She has full knowledge and can advise you of the type of lens material which is best suited to your prescription to make your eyewear cosmetically more appealing. If you have a problem or need help, she will happily assist, no matter how small or large it is.