Eye Health Centres is a full-service vision care centre with two locations in Calgary and one in Regina. Each location has friendly and knowledgeable eye doctors providing comprehensive examinations. All our clinics have quality eyewear and contact lenses from some of the well-known designer brands.
Eye Health Centres is devoted to patient education and service utilizing the latest technological advances and prides itself on staying current with new eye care advances in both ophthalmic products and eye health developments. We welcome you to continue browsing this page to learn more about our company’s founder, Dr. Diana Monea or any of the other doctors by clicking links above.
Dr. Diana Monea grew up on a farm near Rockglen, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Waterloo, graduating with a Doctor of Optometry in 1978. She has since practiced in Regina, Saskatchewan, and subsequently opened two clinics in Calgary, Alberta. Over many decades of practice, she has developed a close personal relationship with thousands of patients. From her three free-standing optometric clinics, she continues to see patients of all ages, many of whom have seen her several times over the span of her busy career extending many generations in the same family.
Dr. Monea is committed to the very best diagnostic procedures, using modern digital imaging equipment in the pre-test, which provides a permanent, irrefutable, and highly objective record of eye health and eye conditions commencing with your first exam. Her mission statement is “to provide the
best service and quality care for my patients, always with their best interest in mind; to listen carefully to their concerns and to explain matters concerning eye health to patients in a clear and complete manner.”
The internet has provided a terrific medium for providing patient information as it relates to eye health. Dr. Diana Monea became the first optometrist in Canada to create a website dedicated to the provision of eye health information when she created www.drmonea.com in the summer of 1999.
This website has subsequently evolved into www.eyehealthcentres.com.
She became one of the first optometrists in North America to profile case studies in optometry, beginning in April of 2000. All digital pictures, corneal topography, and field analysis illustrations were drawn from her database of more than 200,000 eye exams that she has personally performed.
The coming-of-age of technology in the field of optometry will never replace the need for the human touch. Not only does Dr. Monea aim to provide quality care for her patients, but she has served as a leader, caregiver, and volunteer to countless others in many communities. She has given lectures to university students, seminars to health care workers, and mentored many optometry students. In addition, she has assisted in educating seniors on eye disease prevention, volunteered weekly helping school children learn to read and practice math, held clinics at the Regina Correctional Centre monthly for 15 years, and assisted at the largest nursing home in Saskatchewan, Pioneer Village.
Dr. Monea is optometrist on the E-Team, which is the one of the few clinics in Canada that addresses and treats patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. She also spearheaded the Eye See…Eye Learn® program with Dorrie Morrie, from Essilor, to educate parents regarding the need for early eye health exams. With additional funding from the government, this program gives every child who attends kindergarten in Alberta one free pair of spectacles together with an eye-health exam.
Dr. Monea’s clinics in 2010 developed a charity called Anna’s Vision where homeless children, many of which have no health care, are given a free eye exam and free glasses (if required). This program in 2011 also was extended to assist Mother Teresa School, at the Regina office as part of an ongoing program where free eye exams and eyeglasses are dispensed annually to children who come from low-income families. This program also provides the same service to unwed mothers in school with the underlying principal that to learn you must be able to see.
Dr. Monea sits and actively participates in many professional committees as a volunteer.
In 2017 Dr. Monea joined Care 1 Telemedicine, the only tele-medicine network in Canada. A web of eye care doctors, optometrists and ophthalmologists collaboratively connected by the cloud to provide quick access to eye health care for the patient.
Dr. Monea operates full-service optometric practices in Calgary and Regina, specializing in the dispensation of high-quality designer eyewear and contact lenses. She features optical boutiques with electric and unique selections, with state-of-the-art lenses and contact lenses from well-known manufacturers.
Quality and service are Dr. Monea’s priorities. She provides her personal e-mail so many patients can reach her after hours from any location worldwide. She responds personally to patient concerns trying very hard to make a difference.
Giving back and caring, making a difference when you can drives her clinic philosophy. Dr. Monea and her staff of doctors contribute to many charities such as Easter Seals, local hockey and sports teams, kids programs, golf events and recently together with Paul Brandt and Paul Hardy to end human trafficking “Not In My City”.
Dr. Monea is always available for home visits to shut-ins: as in nursing homes, hospices etc. Many times she is asked to speak professionally and personally on many topics and always obliging to do so.
Dr. Monea loves what she does, it is her passion, and to make a difference in the lives of every person she meets, even in a small way, especially children. If she can help, she will and is totally committed to the welfare of her patients.
Dr. Monea is a proponent of lifetime learning. In October of 2017 she completed her FAAO designation. Her future endeavors include learning another language and writing a book!
If you have any questions about Dr. Monea’s experience in the field of optometry, or you would like to schedule an eye exam, please contact our Calgary (Shawnee or Kensington) or Regina locations today!
Dr. Jennifer Nguyen was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Chemistry and Biology. She then completed her Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, Massachusetts. During her training, she gained diverse clinical experiences on her externships at the Boston Medical Center, Veterans Affairs Hospitals, Perkins School for the Blind, and various community health centres in the Boston area. These experiences allowed her to understand the importance of collaborative health care. After graduating, she practiced for several years in Southern California, gaining experience at high volume practices, with a particular interest in ocular disease and contact lens patients. Dr. Nguyen is dedicated to providing quality eye care and addressing the individual needs of her patients.
She currently resides in Calgary, Alberta, with her husband, who is a native Calgarian. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, photography, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Dr. Nibal Elsaghir was born and raised in Calgary. She attended the University of Calgary studying biological science before getting early acceptance to the Pacific University Doctor of Optometry Program in Oregon. During optometry school, she did an externship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida for 6 months where she gained extensive experience in ocular disease. A highlight of her studies was travelling to El Salvador and Belize with a team of students and optometrists to provide eye care to under serviced communities. After graduating from optometry in 2013, Nibal moved back to her hometown of Calgary and entered private practice for 5 years before joining the Eye Health Centre family.
In the office, she enjoys seeing patients of all ages but has particular interest in paediatrics and ocular disease. Dr. Elsaghir can conduct eye examinations in Arabic as well as basic Spanish. She strives to make sure patients feel taken care of and educated on their eye health with every visit.
Last summer, she and her husband happily welcomed a baby boy into their family. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, spending time with family, and eating her husband’s delicious homemade baked goods.
Dr. Brandon Zeeben was born in Regina, Saskatchewan; where he lived for a short time before moving to Winnipeg and then finally settling in Calgary. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in biological sciences. He studied optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago where he graduated with honours.
During optometry school his externships included rotations in contact lenses, low vision and ocular disease as well as two locations specializing in pediatrics and vision therapy. While interested in all aspects of optometry his favorite exams are kids’ exams. From infants to school age children. He loves helping kids see and making sure that their school performance is not being hindered by a lack of glasses or by unrecognized binocular vision issues.
After being away from Canada for 4 years Brandon is looking forward to returning to life in Calgary with his wife Christine. Outside the exam room he is passionate about playing and watching sports including hockey, volleyball, baseball and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Dr. Zeeben prides himself on building a strong doctor-patient relationship and making his patients feel comfortable during their exam. He looks forward to helping you at your next eye exam.
Dr. Jerome Loewen was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario, and graduated from Eden Christian High School in 1991. Dr. Loewen subsequently entered the biology program at Brock University from which he graduated with distinction in 1995. Accepted to both law and dentistry programs at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Loewen instead chose to study optometry at the University of Waterloo. The opportunity to complete an externship in Houston in 1998 provided invaluable experience and perspective on the crucial impact of quality eye care. Dr. Loewen graduated as a Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 1999 at which time he received an award for clinical proficiency. He entered private practice in Ontario for the next six years.
Joining the Lakewood Eye Health Centre in 2005, Dr. Loewen enjoys practicing optometry in Regina, where he met his wife and where his children were born. Dr. Loewen enjoys his work and particularly enjoys interacting with his patients.
Dr. Loewen has competed provincially in volleyball and track, as well as nationally in fastball. He remains active with running and golf. Faith and family are priorities in his life, as well as providing top-notch eye care for all his patients.
Dr. Chelsea Poncsak is happy to continue to provide full-scope optometric care to new and existing patients of the Lakewood Eye Health Centres. Since starting practice with the Eye Health Centres in 2013, Dr. Poncsak has enjoyed getting to know her patients of all ages and looks forward to building these relationships in years to come.
Born and raised in Regina, after finishing high school at Miller High School and a Biology degree at the University of Regina, Dr. Poncsak completed her Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. She returned to Regina upon graduating and has loved being a part of the Lakewood Eye Health Centre from day one.
When she's not hard at work, Dr. Poncsak, along with her husband Jon, can be found chasing after their two children: Leia and Jack. As a family, they enjoy spending time at the family cabin, being outdoors, and taking in some of Regina's staple attractions - the Farmer's Market and Wascana Lake.
Since having her own children, Dr. Poncsak has become even more of an advocate for the importance of children's eye exams and early detection/prevention of eye disease and vision issues. She has spoken at different parent groups and preschools to ensure education is available to parents on these issues and is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your or your child's vision. Dr. Poncsak appreciates all types of optometric practice and loves seeing patients of all ages, but has a soft spot for paediatrics and children and would love to see your little one starting at age 6 months!
Dr. Brendan Warner grew up in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where he completed both elementary and high school within the city. During his younger years, Brendan was an avid competitor in the sport of fencing. It was in this sport that he was able to become the Under 13 Provincial Foil Champion as well as later in 2007 he became the first alternate to go to the Canada Winter Games for Team Saskatchewan. Other areas of interest for Brendan include playing the piano and completing up to the Bronze Medallion level in swimming courses. After graduating from Carlton Comprehensive High School in 2010, Brendan decided to attend the University in Regina after being accepted to both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.
After three years of working towards a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the U of R, Brendan gained early acceptance to the University of Waterloo Doctor of Optometry program. It was during this time that Brendan was really able to realize how confident he was that he had chosen the correct profession for himself. He specifically appreciated working with specialty contact lenses, including scleral lenses, for patients with keratoconus, extreme dry eye, and other corneal irregularities. This is a passion he hopes to bring into his daily primary care practice for those patients that could benefit. Brendan completed ocular disease and therapeutics internships in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as Dallas, Texas. To complete his education, Brendan finished primary eye care rotations through clinics in Moose Jaw and Nipawin in Saskatchewan. Upon graduating, Brendan also received the Dean’s Honour List distinction with his Doctor of Optometry degree.
When not working, Brendan particularly enjoys fishing, boating, and camping in the summer as well as snowmobiling and skating in the winter. Now as he becomes established in Regina, Brendan hopes to one day take up playing the piano and fencing again. Brendan welcomes both new and existing patients to Lakewood Eye Health Centre and looks forward to getting to know as many of our patients as possible.
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Dr. Monea has teamed up with Sheldon Kennedy and Paul Brandt to fight human trafficking as part of the #NotInMyCity campaign.