Nelson Family Eyecare, Optometry Clinic

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Nelson Optometry Clinic´s History

Welcome to the NELSON FAMILY EYECARE Optometry Clinic based in downtown Nelson B.C. and following a rich 90 year old history of optometry care in our Kootenay community!

The optometry clinic has been a fixture at 366 Baker St. for nearly one hundred years!Dr. Kelly Newhouse, the Owner and Optometrist at the Nelson Family Eyecare Optometry Clinic, relates the interesting history of the clinic.

With rich historical beginnings, the optometry clinic has been a fixture at 366 Baker St. for nearly one hundred years! It began in 1916 by J.O. Patenaud who started as an optician and jeweler then became an optometrist in 1922.


Dr Patenaud circa 1916

The historical building built in 1892 allowed ample space to operate a full service clinic with an on-site dispensary. Set in the heart of Nelson the practice grew and in the 1950s the practice was transferred to Dr. Dr. Tim AllenDesmond Littlewood.

Then in 1981 Dr. Tim Allen, who was born and raised in Nelson BC, returned home from getting his degree to take over the practice.

Soon after that Dr. Tim Allen expanded to Castlegar, BC and opened up another office. In 1998, his son, Brent Allen, joined the practice and  opened a third office in Trail, BC.

These three offices owned by Dr. Tim and Brent Allen became known as Kootenay Optometry Clinic.

Dr. Kelly Newhouse

Maintaining the warm, family atmosphere that patients appreciated from the Allen family, Dr. Kelly Newhouse started with the practice in 2009 to help with a smooth transition as Dr. Tim Allen looked towards retirement. In 2012 Dr. Newhouse made her commitment and her love of Nelson official by purchasing the Nelson office.

Dr. Brent Allen continues to own and work at the Castlegar and Trail offices. Dr. Newhouse was delighted to be able to be part of one of the oldest optometry offices in Canada.

Present day optometry office; Nelson Famly Eyecare

To reflect the rich history of this practice and Dr. Newhouse's focus on total family eye health, the Nelson office went back to its roots and was renamed Nelson Family Eyecare.

Dr. Kelly Newhouse provides the same friendly and consistent care many learned to appreciate with the long tradition of optometrists at 366 Baker St. She has worked to earn the trust of the established patients of the practice and is pleased to welcome new families and individuals as well. Dr. Newhouse hails from Kamloops, BC.

Dr. Newhouse volunteering in India


She earned her doctorate degree at the University of Waterloo after obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia.

She enjoys working with all ages and welcomes new patients. Dr. Newhouse will continue to deliver high quality eyecare with state-of-the-art assessments, diagnosis and treatment.

The clinic also offers one-stop shopping with the newest in quality eyewear in her office as prescription sunglasses, contact lenses and eye care products.


Map and Location

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366 Baker St.
Nelson, B.C. V1L 4H5

OFFICE: 250-352-5152
[email protected]

Mon- Fri. 8:30- 5:00
Saturday 8:30 - 3:30

We offer occasional Tuesday evening hours.
Please check with our office.
To book your appointment: 250.352.5152 or email us.

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