Vision Therapy Staff
A friendly staff to meet your every vision health need. They are an integral part of our total eye care team - focused on serving you! We make it a policy to ensure that all staff members are up-to-date on the latest technology and techniques to make your visit as comfortable and effective as possible.
Lead VISION THERAPIST
Jennifer Braniff received her Master of Counselling Degree from University of Western Sydney in 1998. Her experience working as a Psychotherapist and Youth Counsellor combined with successful completion of the OEP curriculum, Sanet, COVT and PVTAP programs and 8 years of experience as a Vision Therapist has enabled a unique perspective of the role of emotions and in the vision rehabilitation process. Jennifer also has extensive experience with management of Optometric practices and has consulted on the opening of Vision Therapy Centers across Canada. In her role as Chairman of the COVT&R Therapists Committee she acts as a liaison between Vision Therapists and Behavioural Optometrists sharing ideas and helping to organize educational events in locations across the country.
Vonita has been working in the medical field since 2005. She joined our team in July 2009 as a receptionist and pre-tester. Vonita was very eager to learn about the field of optometry and the visual process and her passion for helping others made her a perfect fit as a vision therapist. She joined our team of vision therapists in January of 2011 and is currently in the process of earning her certificate as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT) from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She is furthering her knowledge by attending continuing education courses throughout Canada and the United States. Vonita’s favourite part of her day is working with children and helping them to achieve their vision-related goals.
Pamela grew up in Colombia were she earned her degree in Optometry and practiced as an optometrist for 15 years before moving to Canada in 2002. She joined our team in 2014 as an optometric assistant and worked with patients in pre-test and contact lens fitting. She quickly became interested in vision therapy and took the initiative to earn her title as a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT) from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development in April 2016. Pamela has recently completed her PVTAP certification with COVT&R in August 2017. Combining her education and experience in optometry with her training in vision therapy, Pamela provides a level of expertise that is a true asset to her patients. Pamela has experience working with all types of vision therapy patients, including those struggling with eye movement and refractive conditions, amblyopia, strabismus, binocular vision deficiencies, and visual deficits secondary to brain injuries. Pamela is always eager to further her vision therapy knowledge, and has taken continuing education courses in Canada and the United States. Vision therapy is Pamela’s passion and she feels blessed every day to have the opportunity to improve the lives of her patients. In her free time, Pamela enjoys being outside, biking and hiking. She also enjoys staying fit by playing squash, swimming, and practicing yoga. Reading, watching movies and traveling are some of her favourite things to do all year round.
Natasha moved to Canada in 2010 from the UK, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics.
Natasha joined our team in October 2017 as a vision therapist and is currently in the process of earning her PVTAP Vision therapy certification.
Natasha first came to us as a Mom when her son started Vision therapy for his eye turn and amblyopia. Throughout his sessions, her interest in neuro-optometry grew and she was eager to learn more. So with her personal experience and keen interest in this field, along with her calm and warm personality, she was a perfect fit for our team.
She is passionate about helping people and working one on one with patients. To be able to contribute to their rehabilitation and see them progress the way her son did, is Natasha’s favorite part of the job.
Pia grew up in the Philippines and worked there in the field of optometry since 2009. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2008 and moved to Canada in 2015. She speaks both English and Tagalog fluently. Pia joined our team in 2015 as an optometric assistant, and quickly made the transition to our vision therapy team where she has been a great asset. Pia is always interested in furthering her knowledge in optometry and vision therapy; she has attended many seminars and workshops in order to enhance her knowledge and skills and is presently working on attaining her Canadian vision therapist certification. The best part of the day for Pia is interacting with her patients and supporting them in their vision therapy journey. She enjoys working with both children and adults. Pia enjoys spending her free time with her husband, traveling, trying new food, watching movies and talking to her family in the Philippines.
Mirella graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and has a Diploma in Modern Languages from Dawson College in Quebec. She joined the team in January 2018 and has a passion for vision therapy. She is friendly and her calm and caring demeanour allows her to support both children and adults as they journey towards their vision goals. Mirella is currently working towards her PVTAP certification with COVT&R and looks forward to furthering her knowledge by attending courses and training. In her free time Mirella enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, travelling, cooking, reading, and watching movies.
vision therapy administrator
Gina started with us at the Halton Vision Therapy Center front desk in November 2017. She brings many years of administrative support experience and is enjoying getting to meet and greet all the vision therapy patients. She is passionate in her role to assist all the clients with their scheduling needs and loves the interaction with the staff and patients. At home she spends time with her Scottish Terrier and West Highland Terrier.
CCOA HCAI AUTHORIZING OFFICER
Lacey is our Health Claims for Auto Insurance submissions officer. She has worked in optometry for the past eight years and enjoys getting approvals for her patients as well as the team that she works with. She not only works on the vision therapy side of the business, but she is also a patient after she suffered a concussion herself in January 2018. Lacey is the person in charge of the monthly newsletter for Halton Vision Therapy Centre and enjoys researching new topics that relate to vision therapy and eye health.