Joanne Sze attended the University of Art and Design (OCAD). She had taken an interest in Art & Design as a young little girl. She then realized her passion in business and management working throughout her undergraduate career. As an art major she has an appreciation for fine craftsmanship and unique designs. The decision to venture into the Optical industry combining Art & Design and Business Management, she created Market Lane Optical with the philosophy to provide quality unique products. Continuing to discover independent eyewear, she is excited to discover more; bringing exclusive designers back to the clients in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada and the GTA.
Alan Ng attended the University of Western Ontario for his undergraduate studies and earned his Bachelors of Medical Science in 2010. Upon completion of his bachelors, Dr. Ng began his Master’s thesis at the Centre for Ocular Research & Education at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science. His research involved investigating how human tear components interact with modern contact lens materials. The goal of his research was to further our understanding on the link between tear film deposition on contact lenses and discomfort and dryness during lens wear. Dr. Ng has published several peer reviewed articles in journals including Optometry and Vision Science (official journal of the American Academy of Optometry), Current Eye Research and the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.
After achieving his Master of Science in 2012, Dr. Ng furthered his education at the School of Optometry and Vision Science in Waterloo and earned his Doctorate of Optometry with Honours Distinction in 2016. During his final year of training in optometry school, Dr. Ng travelled abroad to complete his clinical externships at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and OMNI Eye Services in Atlanta, Georgia.
Upon completion of his Doctor of Optometry degree, Dr. Ng continued to pursue his interest in the field of contact lenses by completing a residency in cornea and contact lens at University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science. During his residency, he had the opportunity to manage patients with ocular surface conditions including severe dry eyes, Sjogrens syndrome, neurotrophic keratopathy, and keratoconus/corneal ectasia. In addition, Dr. Ng is experienced with fitting speciality contact lenses including orthokeratology lenses and corneal rigid gas permeable and scleral contact lenses for irregularly shaped corneas.
In 2017, Dr. Ng became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and was awarded clinical supervisor of the year in 2018. Dr. Ng is presently an adjunct clinical instructor of optometry at the University of Waterloo. His enthusiasm for teaching and education allows him to continue to share his passion for ocular health and vision care with both his patients and students.
Michael Tran began working in the Optical Industry over 20 years ago. He started out working part time evening and weekends as a young student. He continued his journey working for large corporate companies and small practices. He soon realized his passion and goals; was to always perfect the art. The Eye Care industry is a practical combination of art and science. It allows him to be creative and do precise thorough work.
Dr. William Ngo’s approach to patient care is heavily influenced by his background in research and education. He believes that exceptional patient care should not only be patient-centered, but that the approach should also be precise and purposeful. Due to this, he is meticulous with his measurements and takes time to ensure that his patients are well-satisfied with their care.
Dr. Ngo received his OD in 2011 and PhD in vision science in 2016, both from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science. He then completed a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Ngo has extensive experience in over 40+ different clinical studies evaluating dry eye drugs and devices, contact lenses, and diagnostic instruments. His laboratory research experience includes studying polar lipids in the tear film, oxidative stress pathways in meibomian gland cells, and extracellular vesicles on the ocular surface. Dr. Ngo aims to better understand the pathophysiology of dry eye disease, and discover new approaches to diagnosing and treating the condition. To this day, he continues to publish papers and lecture extensively on this subject.
When he is not in the clinic seeing patients, Dr. Ngo oversees and leads the operations of the basic sciences laboratory at the Centre for Ocular Research and Education at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry & Vision Science. He also takes an active role in educating optometry students and mentoring graduate students. In his spare time, he enjoys working on cars and playing chess.