Meet Our Doctors
Vishakha Thakrar, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Optometrist & Experienced Contact Lens Fitter
Dr. Thakrar has worked in optometry clinics in both Canada and the US. She held the role of Director of Contact Lens Service at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She also participated in research activities in collaboration with the Department of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Thakrar enjoys seeing patients of all ages. She has special interests dry eye, keratoconus and fitting contact lens patients, including astigmatism, bifocals, rigid lenses, and scleral lenses.
In recent years she has served as a contributing editor for the journals Contact Lens Spectrum and The Eye Care Review and has written many articles on various optometric topics. She also speaks in the United States and Canada on contact lenses and eye diseases. She has received contact lens awards from Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, CibaVision, the GP Lens Institute and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.
Dr. Thakrar graduated in 2001 from The Ohio State University College of Optometry, followed by a one year fellowship in Cornea and Contact Lenses from the New England College of Optometry in Boston.
Her residency rotations included the prestigious Boston Foundation for Sight, Boston’s Cornea Consultants and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. Upon completion, she was the first recipient of the Johnson & Johnson Contact Lens Resident of the Year Award.
She is an avid traveler. She loves to experience different cultures and environments, and as a result has traveled to 30 countries in 6 continents. She has also volunteered to see thousands of patients in Mexico, Venezuela and Costa Rica. Her hobbies include swimming and scuba diving.
Dr. Thakrar is married with two beautiful daughters, who are her greatest joy.
- Fellow American Academy of Optometry
- Member of Canadian Optometric Association
- Member of Ontario Optometric Association
Angela Peddle, OD, FCOVD
Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Dr. Angela Peddle, owner of Vaughan Family Vision Therapy, received her Doctor of Optometry degree from Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Upon graduation, she completed a Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation from SUNY State College of Optometry where she gained expertise in the area of pediatrics, special needs examinations, vision therapy, and neuro-rehabilitation. Upon completion, she received the distinguished Dr. Martin Birnbaum Memorial Award for outstanding knowledge and skill in Behavioral Optometry.
Dr. Peddle then returned to the Toronto area where she practices full scope Optometry with a focus on vision therapy, neuro-rehabilitation, sports enhancement and pediatric/special needs examinations. She is an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in both the Binocular Vision and Special Needs Clinics. She is also the first private practice Optometrist in Canada to offer a Residency program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation for Canadian Optometrists. With a keen interest in education, she has published articles and posters on strabismus, amblyopia, and learning-related vision problems. She is also an international lecturer, offering courses in therapy techniques, oculomotor dysfunctions, binocular vision, and the newest research in strabismus/amblyopia therapy. Dr. Peddle is a Board Certified Fellow in developmental vision and vision therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (FCOVD).
Dr. Peddle is the founding President of the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation, a non-profit organization that promotes public and professional awareness and education in vision therapy.
- President, Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (COVT&R)
- Fellow, College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
- Co-Chair, Education Committee (COVD)
- Member of the Optometric Extension Program
- Member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists
- Member of Canadian Association of Optometrists
Tanya Polonenko, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Pediatrics and Learning Care
Dr. Tanya Polonenko received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. Upon graduation, she completed a 1-year Residency in Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy, as well as Primary Care, from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry.
Upon completion of her residency, she accepted a full time clinical faculty assignment in the Binocular Vision Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, where she supervised student interns, lead educational seminars, conducted qualifying clinical examinations to third year students, and contributed to the further development of the binocular vision clinic program. She volunteered her time as a mentor in a program that introduces second year students to binocular vision prior to entering clinic, and in a program that certifies optometrists in glaucoma management.
Over the past few years, Dr. Polonenko has been active in publishing posters at the American Academy and SECO meetings. She has also been a recipient of the American Optometric Foundation (AOF) Vistakon© Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care, and an award from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD).
Dr. Polonenko returned to the Toronto area in 2013 where she practices full scope Optometry with a focus on vision therapy, rehabilitation, visual perceptual skills assessment, and special needs examinations. She is also an associate clinical supervisor at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in the Binocular Vision Clinic. Dr. Polonenko recently received her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in October of 2013. She is now working towards receiving her fellowship with the College of Vision and Development.
Dr. Polonenko’s specialty is pediatrics, learning-related vision problems, vision therapy and rehabilitation, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation. Her hobbies include traveling, dancing, camping, hiking, waterskiing, baking, cooking, and photography.
Dr. Polonenko will be in office seeing patients on Tuesday (10:00AM-6:00PM), Wednesdays (1:00pm-8:00pm), and Fridays (10:00am-5:00pm). Dr. Polonenko is accepting new patients as well as seeing Dr. Peddle’s patients during her leave.
Zoe Lacroix, OD
Dr. Zoe Lacroix received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Montreal School of Optometry. Upon graduation, she completed a one-year Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. Following her residency, Dr. Lacroix accepted a part-time clinical faculty position in the Binocular Vision Clinic at the School of Optometry. She has received awards for outstanding clinical care, and for distinction in practice excellence.
Dr. Lacroix has extensive experience in family eye care with a focus on pediatrics, vision therapy, learning-related vision problems, and neuro-optometric rehabilitation with acquired brain injury patients. She is passionate about helping both children and adults achieve optimal vision and ocular health, and is pleased to offer eye examinations in both English and French.
In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, participating in outdoor sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
- Associate of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development
- Member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists
- Member of the College of Optometrists of Ontario
Stephanie Britton, OD, FAAO
Dr. Stephanie Britton received her Doctor of Optometry degree from New England College of Optometry. Upon graduation, she completed a one year residency in Cornea and Specialty Contact Lenses from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science. She received her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 2016. She is now working towards her fellowship with the Scleral Lens Education Society.
Dr. Britton has published posters and presented at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), Global Specialty Lens Symposium (GSLS), and Netherlands Contact Lens Congress (NCC) meetings.
Dr. Britton is passionate about all aspects of optometric care and enjoys seeing patients of all ages. She has special interests in anterior segment disorders and fitting specialty contact lens patients, including multifocals, rigid gas permeable lenses, scleral lenses and orthokeratology.
She has volunteered in two eye care mission clinics in El Salvador and Dominican Republic, and hopes to continue participating in other mission trips.