Dr. Paul Lathrop and Associates

Optometrists located inside Lenscrafters at Chinook Centre Mall, Calgary, Alberta

Our Services

Comprehensive Eye Exams

We offer complete eye and vision examinations including wide-field retinal imaging.  Routine eye exams assess visual functions, optical measurements, and ocular health.

Contact Lens Fitting

We can assess fit, comfort, and vision for contact lens wearers. Daily disposable, biweekly, or monthly contact lenses are available.

Urgent Eye Care

We can take care of minor eye injuries, and we assess and treat symptoms like flashes, floaters, redness, pain, double vision, or itchy eyes. These visits are covered by Alberta Health Care.

Surgical Co-Management

We offer pre and post operative assessments for refractive surgery, cataract surgery, and other ophthalmological procedures. Medical referrals to our ophthalmology colleagues for acute and chronic eye conditions are also available.

Our Optometrists

Dr. Paul Lathrop

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Dr. Paul Lathrop

Born and raised in Calgary, Paul graduated with distinction in optometry at Pacific University in Oregon and took a residency position at the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Lathrop enjoys cycling, hiking, and cross country skiing with his wife and two children. He also has served on the executive of the Calgary Society of Optometrists since 2008.

Dr. Magdalis Velázquez

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Dr. Magdalis Velázquez

Dr. Magdalis Velázquez was born and raised in Aguada, Puerto Rico. She completed her optometry degree in 2000 with honours at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry.

Velázquez speaks fluent Spanish and English.

In her spare time, Dr. Velázquez enjoys spending time with her husband, family, and friends.

Dr. Monica Bell

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Dr. Monica Bell

Monica Bell, a native Calgarian, graduated with honours from the University of
Waterloo, School of Optometry. During her education, she completed an ocular
disease and therapeutics externship in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Bell is passionate about helping others and has participated in several volunteer
eye care missions in countries such as Romania, Thailand and Jamaica. She has also
been involved in vision screenings for athletes in the Special Olympics.
Monica enjoys staying active by teaching and participating in fitness classes,
travelling, drawing and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Michael Yu

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Dr. Michael Yu

Dr. Michael Yu was born and raised in Calgary, where he completed a degree in Biological Sciences at
the University of Calgary. His professional studies brought him to the windy city of Chicago where he
graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in 2010. Following graduation, Dr. Yu practiced
across Vancouver Island, and in 2012 returned to Calgary.
Within his professional studies, Dr. Yu had externship rotations in ocular disease and low vision at the
Veterans Affairs Medical Centre in Providence, Rhode Island, and vision therapy in Southport,
Connecticut. Additionally, he was fortunate to be involved with a volunteer mission trip to Mexico where
thousands of people were provided with optometric care.
In his free time, Dr. Yu likes to stay active and has many interests ranging from, but not limited to, food,
fitness, music, and cinema.
Dr. Yu is a member of the Alberta Association of Optometrists (AAO), and Calgary Society of
Optometrists (CSO).

Dr. Allison Wright

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Dr. Allison Wright

Allison Wright completed a Bachelor of Optometry degree at the University of Melbourne.

Allison loved Australia so much that she stayed to obtain a Post Graduate Diploma in Ocular Therapeutics at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.

Dr Wright has experience working with a laser surgery clinic

With a keen interest in travelling, Dr. Wright volunteered for an eyecare mission to South Africa in 2005 and has since been to many other countries.

Dr. Sharon Winnicki

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Dr. Sharon Winnicki

Dr. Sharon Winnicki was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She studied at the Southern College of Optometry and graduated with honours in 2006.

In her spare time, Dr. Winnicki enjoys camping, biking and gardening with her husband and children.

Dr. Nikki Umscheid

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Dr. Nikki Umscheid

Dr. Nikki Umscheid grew up just south of Calgary. She attended Pacific University, where she obtained her Doctor of Optometry in 2012.

Dr. Umscheid has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including a surgical / disease centre in Arizona, a primary care clinic at the Luke Air Force Base, and a medical based group practice in Oregon. Dr. Umscheid enjoys travelling, and in 2009, went on an eyecare mission to Mexico.

In her spare time Dr. Umscheid also enjoys snowboarding, fitness, and spending time with Ollie, her bichon shih tzu!

Dr. Elliot Spunt

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Dr. Elliot Spunt

Congratulations to Dr. Spunt on his retirement from optometry, effective January 2018!  We welcome his patients to continue their eye care with the rest of our team.

Elliot Spunt grew up in Montreal and graduated from McGill University in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science. He discovered a true interest in psychology and took a major program in this discipline. Elliot’s real passion is PEOPLE.

Elliot studied optometry at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and graduated with his Doctor of Optometry in 1975.

He opened an optometry office in Calgary and for 27 years successfully enjoyed his practise with a full scope practice including eye examinations, dispensing glasses and contact lenses.

He enjoys spending time with his family in the Rockies skiing, biking and hiking.

Dr. Lathrop and Associates

Chinook Centre
Inside LensCrafters

Free underground heated parking

211A – 6455 Macleod Trail SW
Calgary AB T2H 0K8
Tel: 403 258 2010

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403 258 2010

Open 7 Days a Week

Mon: 9:30am-7:30pm
Tue: 9:30am-7:30pm
Wed: 9:30am-7:30pm
Thu: 9:30am-7:30pm
Fri: 9:30am-7:30pm
Sat: 9:30am-6:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm