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Meet The Face Behind Doctors EyeCare Grande Prairie

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I’m Shonah Finlay, the proud owner of Doctors EyeCare Grande Prairie

By sharing my story with you, I hope you will enjoy getting to know me better. 

I have always been fascinated with the intricacies of eyes, so entering the optical field was the logical next step for me. Once I completed my qualification, I got to work in various professional environments, which gave me a thorough grounding in my profession. 

Subsequently, after twenty-five years of working for others, I felt the time had come to stand on my own two feet. I was determined to build a practice on the values that were dear to me and offer personalized solutions that could not be found in a big box setup. 

My practice has just celebrated its 1st anniversary, and while I’ve made steady progress, I’m still finding my groove. Starting a new venture takes sheer hard work and this has made me resilient especially after having to close my doors for weeks at the three-month mark! 

Dedication to refining our processes and commitment to quality is what sets me apart. I work with integrity, and my patients’ value this. 

My philosophy is that everybody has a story to tell, and if I’m kind to and respectful of people, then we can build a close connection that will enable me to provide the best possible treatment. 

Watching patients confidently smile with their stylish new frames fills me with immense satisfaction. Many of my patients have now been with me for several years, and it’s always great to be able to catch up with them. 

Championing the underdog is a passion, as it always bothered me when I see people fall over themselves to help out “important” people. I’ve learned that the people who are marginalized will often teach you the greatest lessons. 

When I’m not assisting patients in improving their vision, I love reading, partaking in Latin dancing, and hiking with my husband and dogs.  

I have enjoyed sharing my story about the things which matter to me and how they influence the way I do business. 

If you or someone you know could benefit from my expertise as an optometrist in Grande Prairie, Alberta, I invite you to get in touch. Please visit my website at www.drshonah.ca

With warm regards, 

Dr. Shonah   

Written by Dr. Shonah Finlay

Dr. Finlay grew up by the gold mines in South Africa and knew from a young age she wanted to follow a medically related career. She applied to and was accepted to study optometry at the former Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. During her last year of studies, Dr. Finlay worked on the Train of Hope: South Africa’s Phelophepa. This custom-built train (now 2) travels throughout rural South Africa to deliver top-quality primary healthcare to disadvantaged communities. It was a wonderful experience to bring sight to so many people that otherwise do without. Those memories always remind her of why she loves practicing optometry.
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