Dr. Kyla Hunter, Optometrist
I’m originally from Trail, BC, and moved away after high school to pursue my academic career. I lived in Calgary while obtaining my Bachelor’s of Science in both Biological Sciences and Psychology. While at the University of Calgary I was a residence advisor, volunteered as a Peer Counsellor and worked with the first year orientation program. Following undergrad I moved to Forest Grove, Oregon to attend the Pacific University College of Optometry.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Pacific University and was highly involved in many clubs and organizations. I was our class president as well as the Treasurer for the American Association of Student Optometrists. I was a member of Beta Sigma Kappa and received several academic acknowledgements:
- The Dean’s Award of Academic Excellence
- Pacific University’s 2008 Student of the Year
- Vision Monday’s 2010 Most Influential Woman in Optics
I enjoy being involved and remain active in the Optometry community. I am currently on the Board of Directors for our practice management group, Eye Recommend.
While attending Pacific University I interned at two clinics that greatly influenced my career: a traumatic brain injury clinic, and a private practice that specialized in children’s vision and vision therapy. These internships helped develop my skills to make vision therapy an integral part of my practice. I also completed a number of Education courses while at Pacific University to understand not only the visual component of learning, but the academic component as well.
“I enjoy engaging kids and teaching them about their eyes. Vision is such an important component of learning and goes far beyond just eyesight. I love working with kids to improve their visual system and get excited watching their academic success knowing their lives will be better because of it.”
When I’m not working I’m often traveling with my husband and two young daughters, Calais and Kacela. If I’m not travelling, I’m either planning travel or blogging about it.
Dr. Kent Manville, Optometrist
I grew up in Calgary and moved to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology. I then moved to Forest Grove, Oregon, where I completed my Doctor of Optometry degree at Pacific University.
At Pacific University I was president of the Optometry honor society Beta Sigma Kappa. I was also the recipient of the Carl Zeiss Vision Fellowship for Clinical Excellence and the American Academy of Optometrists Potential for Strong Leadership in an Independent Practice awards.
During my fourth year at Pacific University I was able to apply my knowledge during my clinical internships. I studied advanced contact lens fitting at the Moran Eye Center, and focused on low vision and eye diseases at the Veterans Affairs Hospital. My favourite internship was at the Air Force base in Hawaii.
I got to spend three months studying and enjoying the beaches in my spare time.
“Working with veterans, I gained a lot of valuable experience with patients living with low vision or various eye diseases. Helping people enjoy better visual acuity is something I find very satisfying.”
Outside the clinic I spend my free time with my wife and daughter, Britton. I am also active in the community as well as a leader in Scouts Canada
(where I’m currently a registrar), a Rotarian and an executive for the Grande Prairie chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Pamela Giles, Optometrist
Born and raised in Grande Prairie AB, I pursued post secondary at Grande Prairie Regional College before moving to Edmonton to study in the Honours Physiology program at the University of Alberta. From there I moved to the University of Waterloo, where I completed the Doctor of Optometry program (graduating with honours).
“In University I found eye disorders incredibly interesting. I sought an internship with a multi-speciality Ophthalmology practice in Birmingham, Alabama so that I could learn more about ocular disorders relating specifically to the cornea and retina.”
When I’m not at the clinic, I can be found camping and spending time with my family. I have three kids: my daughter, Emily, and twin boys, Joshua and Brady.
Tracy Kitz, BSc, OD
Dr. Tracy Kitz was born and raised in Barrhead, AB. She went to the University of Alberta and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She then went to Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon to complete her Doctorate of Optometry with distinction.
While at school, Dr. Kitz was a part of the Canadian Association of Optometry Students, the Beta Sigma Kappa International Honor Society, and AMIGOS Eye Care Club. As a first-year student, she went to Nicaragua on a mission trip to provide eye exams and free glasses to underserved populations. The most memorable part of this trip was fitting a man with reading glasses while he had a large gun strapped to his back.
In her final year of optometry school, Dr. Kitz completed internships in Bethel, AK; Forest Grove, OR; Edmonton, AB; and Norfolk, VA. She has experience with primary care, fitting contact lenses, pediatrics, vision therapy, ocular disease, and pre and post surgery management.
Dr. Kitz is able to perform comprehensive eye health examinations for patients with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, and macular degeneration. She does consultations and post-operative assessments for cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. She is certified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with glaucoma and eye infections from bacterial, fungal, viral, and allergic causes. She can also remove foreign objects (metal, wood, etc) from the front of the eye, saving you a trip to the emergency room.
Outside of school and work, Dr. Kitz enjoys traveling, hiking, curling, and cooking. She is looking forward to re-learning how to ski.
Ambur Labrecque is the office manager at our Jasper Location. She joined our team in 2019 and completed the CCOA course in 2020. She enjoys the nonstop learning that the eyewear world offers. She is passionate about eye care and her enthusiasm shows.
Whether helping you choose your next pair of glasses or sunglasses, adjusting or repairing your frames, you can always count on Ambur to be there with her friendly smile and caring attitude.
In her free time, Ambur manages the Jasper Bears Hockey Team and is a loving mother of two. During the summer you may find her and her family out camping or enjoying the lakes surrounding Jasper. Ambur has lived in Jasper for 12 years and is a familiar face to all of our Jasper patients.