Eyes Wide Open Optometry Podcast

Eyes Wide Open Podcast

Eyes Wide Open Optometry Podcast

Eyes Wide Open is a Canadian optometry podcast exploring issues of interest to Canadian Eye Care Professionals across the entire spectrum of the industry. Dr. Glen Chiasson and Roxanne Arnal OD, Certified Financial Planner ® , share the task of hosting  the EWO podcast, casting their curious eyes toward new products and services, compelling issues and interesting perspectives that impact Canadian ECPs today and in the future. Guests will include professionals from within the industry as well as those that view our industry from the outside with fresh, open and observant minds.

Your Podcast Hosts – Dr. Glen Chiasson & Roxanne Arnal

Dr. Glen Chiasson is a 1995 graduate of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. He owns and manages two practices in Toronto.  In 2009, he co-hosted a podcast produced for colleagues in eye care, the “International Optometry Podcast”. He is a moderator of the Canadian Optometry Group, an email forum for Canadian optometrists. He enjoys tennis, hockey, and reading and lives in Toronto with his wife and two sons.

Roxanne Arnal is a past-president of the Alberta Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometry Students (CAOS). She successfully grew an independent Optometric practice in Alberta before leaving the profession to become a Certified Financial Planner® focusing on optometrists and their families’ financial requirements. Originally from Manitoba, Roxanne now resides in Alberta.


Show Guests

Eyes Wide Open Podcast features guests who are optometrists opinion leaders and leaders in the eye care industry. Some of the professionals you might encounter in this podcast are:

  • Naomi Barber (Optometrist, Australia, Director of Optometry, Specsavers Canada
  • Dr. James (Jim) Hoffman (Independent Optometric Practice Owner, Florida)
  • Dr. Daryan Angle (Optometrists, VP Business Development, IRIS Group)
  • Dr. Al Ulsifer (Optometrists, CEO & Chair of FYi doctors)
  • Dr. David Schwirtz (Optometrists, VP of Innovation and Head of Innovation for New Look Vision Group)
  • Jackie Joachim (Chief Operating officer for ROI Corporation)
  • and more




Episode 27: Bring Style into Your Sales Strategy 

Wendy Buchanan is a Registered Optician and an Image Consultant. Wendy has a highly successful mobile practice.  She shares her highly unique skill set with Optometry practice owners through a training course and consulting.  Podcast host, Dr. Glen Chiasson explore Wendy’s success formula, how it came about and reveal how Optometry practice owners and managers can bring optical sales to a new level.

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Episode 26: Dr Scott Mundle: Making a Difference in Service to Optometry 

Dr. Scott Mundle, University of Waterloo (’83) has been active in the service of Optometry since early in his career. He is the past-president of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and is the Immediate Past President of the World Council of Optometry.  He shares insights from this incredible path of leadership with Eyes Wide Open Host, Roxanne Arnal.

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Episode 25: Personal Perspectives on Vision Therapy & Its Future 

Dr. Patrick Quaid, immediate past-president of the Ontario College of Optometrists, founder and Director of Optometric Services Vue³ Vision Therapy Clinics, speaks with EWO podcast host Dr. Glen Chiasson about Vision Therapy – or as he prefers to call it – Neuro-Optometry.  Dr. Quaid has authored over 750 articles and publications. EWO listeners will be able to take his CE courses at no cost  – compliments of CRO (Clinical & Refractive Optometry) Journal.

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Episode 20: Newlook Vision Group Going Private (Again)  

By store count, Canada’s largest optical and eye care organization, the NEW LOOK VISION GROUP announced plans to take the corporation private and and alleviate the onerous burden of public company reporting. Dr. Daryan Angle, IRIS VP Business Development introduces the new investors and talks about the rational for the move with Eyes Wide Open Podcast host, Dr. Glen Chiasson.

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