Tobbi is a Certified Canadian Optometric Assistant with over 20 years of experience! Tobbi, a Nelson native, also has family roots in eyecare as her Dad is retired optometrist, Ivan Laughton. Working in Vancouver for many years honed Tobbi´s skills before she moved back to the Kootenays.
Tobbi is an expert on fitting eyeglasses and choosing frames and her knowledge and experience with eyeglass lens selection including progressive lenses and complicated prescriptions are second to none. She is also a valued asset to our office with her contact lens advice and training.
Married with two busy young daughters, Tobbi still finds time to give back to her community as a working with Sparks and Brownies as well as a Sunday School leader and keeps up her certification in First Aid. Tobbi´s warm personality and her technical skills are real assets to the Nelson Family Eyecare Optometry Clinic.
Zoe, born and raised in the Slocan Valley, is the youngest office member but her quick learning and enthusiasm has made her an integral part of our team. With many optical training courses already under her belt Zoe continues to expand her knowledge and currently is studying in her spare time to enhance her optical knowledge.
Always smiling and down to earth Zoe not only has great knowledge about eye-care and eyeglasses, her youth makes her the natural computer tech of our Nelson Family Eyecare office!.
Zoe spends spare time with family and friends, enjoys video games, movies, board games and being outside camping and enjoying the beach!
Darlene is another local and was born and raised in the Kootenays. She spent fifteen years working with eyeglasses and styles before joining Nelson Family Eyecare and she is enjoying expanding her knowledge beyond eyeglasses to all aspects of eye and vision care.
However, with Darlene´s outgoing fun nature and her love of style and trends, she enjoys nothing more than helping someone look for a new pair of eyeglasses to fit their style and personality!.
In her spare time Darlene is part of the Nelson Road Kings and enjoys travelling to see old cars and shows.
She loves being out on the lake fishing and enjoying the sun, and of course spending time with family including some active grandkids!
Trollee is the newest addition to our team, has recently moved to Nelson from Creston, and brings with her over twenty years of experience working with optometrists and handling all aspects of eye-care.
From training new contact lens wearers on how to take care of their future eye health, to being an expert in more complex eyeglasses repairs and fits Dr. Newhouse and the team were excited to be able to add her to their group.
Trollee´s calm, friendly nature is a pleasure to have around! She spends her spare time enjoying hobbies such as golfing, skiing, camping, and volunteering with social services.
Dr. Kelly Newhouse
Dr. Newhouse hails from Kamloops BC. She holds a BSc in physics from UBC as well as a Doctorate in Optometry from University of Waterloo. Dr. Kelly (as the children like to call her) joined the office in 2009 to get to know the Nelson patients and to allow Dr. Tim Allen to ease in to retirement.
Dr. Newhouse has travelled extensively including to Nepal, India, Ghana and Tanzania. She also lived for a period in Australia and Germany. In 2007 Dr. Newhouse volunteered at the Sankara Eye Hospital in Coimbatore; joined in Unite for Site trip to Ghana in 2009, as well as a VOSH trip to Haiti in the Spring of 2009.
Still and all, Dr. Newhouse is happy to settle and put down her roots here in Nelson. She loves the small town feel and the proximity to the mountain and lake lifestyle. Since sports are one of her passions she can embrace all the things she loves best in her spare time like skiing, hiking, camping, and playing soccer and volleyball right here in the Kootenays. Dr Newhouse is also a proud member of the Nelson Daybreak Rotary Club.