MEET YOUR EYE DOCTORS
Dr. Meghan Ashton
Doctor of Optometry, BSc Biology
Dr. Meghan Ashton graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2006. She is originally from Kamloops and loves living in the Okanagan! Dr. Ashton practices full scope optometry including challenging contact lens fittings (bifocal/multifocal, toric, rigid, keratoconus), pediatrics, and co-management of various eye diseases (diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, etc.) as well as regular eye examinations. When she isn’t practicing as a full time partner in the practice, she enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey, playing ultimate Frisbee, and hiking around Kalamalka Lake.
Dr. Tanner Udenberg
Doctor of Optometry, BSc Pharmacology
Dr. Udenberg is thrilled to be back in his home town of Vernon after graduating from the School of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2010 with honours. While in Waterloo, he completed internships in ocular pathology, binocular vision and specialty contact lens design. He has also volunteered on many third world eye care missions and most recently traveled to Nicaragua and Haiti. Prior to studying Optometry, Dr. Udenberg completed a degree in Pharmacology at the University of Alberta where he worked as a researcher in a cardiovascular pharmacology lab publishing multiple studies. In his spare time, Dr. Udenberg is an avid musician and enjoys snowboarding, playing hockey and traveling with his wife Renee. He is a proud member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Kalamalka Rotary Club.
Dr. Michael Rowe
Doctor of Optometry, BSc Zoology
Dr. Rowe is very happy to offer full scope eye care to patients of all ages in the North Okanagan. He was born in Penticton, BC, completed a degree in Biology at the University of Calgary, and graduated on the Dean's Honour List and as Valedictorian of his class at the School of Optometry in Waterloo, ON. He also studied French in Sherbrooke Quebec and can offer eye exams in French as needed. He enjoys the outdoor lifestyle of the Okanagan with his wife and two daughters. On weekends he can be found hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and skiing in and around Vernon.
Dr. Amanda Farley
Doctor of Optometry
Dr Farley graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2010. After graduation she moved to Abbotsford and practiced for three years with one of the largest optometry practices in British Columbia. When her family relocated to Vernon in November of 2013 she joined the team at Vernon Optometry. In February 2014 she was elected by her peers to the board of directors for the BC Association of Optometrists which advocates the importance of eye health examinations for the prevention of vision loss. When she is not in the office Dr Farley enjoys spending time with her young daughter and husband skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding and hiking. Dr Farley is currently accepting new patients of all ages.
Dr. Nancy Friessen
Doctor of Optometry BEd, BSc
Dr. Nancy Friessen is originally from a small, quaint town in Southern Ontario. She completed both a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degree at the University of Windsor before moving on to the University of Waterloo to graduate with Honours as a Doctor of Optometry in 2017. During her studies at the University of Waterloo, Dr Friessen travelled to Romania for an eyecare mission to Romania with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity and was also part of the executive leadership team for the Optometry student society. When she is not at work she enjoys skiing at mountains throughout the Okanagan and planning her next travel adventure.
Dr. Samantha Laudinsky
Doctor of Optometry, BSc
Samantha began her career as a University of Manitoba graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree, where she then continued on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo in 2019. Her two passions in life are traveling and optometry. She has had many opportunities to combine those passions with being the vice president of VOSH, which is a volunteer program that organizes optometric trips around the world. She recently went on a month-long trip to Nicaragua where she worked alongside a local surgeon to provide glaucoma treatment, prescription glasses and cataract surgery to many patients in need. Her passion for international volunteer work has sent her across the world to help many others - including trips to Ecuador, Switzerland, and Thailand. Samantha has a special interest in ocular disease after doing specialized rotations with both a retinal and glaucoma specialist in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves working with patients of all ages and is really excited to enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer. When not in the clinic, Samantha and her husband, Danny, can be found enjoying the many outdoor activities that B.C. has to offer - specifically snowboarding and hiking.