Meet the health care practitioners behind LMC Optometry & Eye Care
DR. HOWARD BLACKSTIEN
Dr. Blackstien graduated from the New England College of Optometry in 1998. His clinical experience there included specialized training in pediatric optometry and ocular disease in some of the top teaching eye clinics in Boston and Miami. He has been in private practice in downtown Toronto since graduation and has also practiced in Thornhill since 2008.
In addition, he has worked with some of Toronto’s top LASER-refractive and cataract surgeons at Toronto’s top refractive surgical centers . He has a passion for educating patients about the prevention and management of eye disease and vision disorders and is well known for his warm personality and patient-centric mode of delivering eye care.
DR. AMARJOT CHAHAL
Dr. Amarjot Chahal joined LMC Optometry and Eyecare in January 2018. She has since been involved in the on going eye care of LMC patients. Dr. Chahal completed her Bachelors in Biological Science with a Minor in Sociology from the University of Calgary. She earned her Masters in Optometry and graduated with distinction from Aston University in the United Kingdom. She continued her Optometric education at the University of Waterloo in 2016, and has since completed her education in Developmental and Behavioural Optometry. She is board certified by the Canadian Examiners in Optometry and accredited in prescribing pharmaceuticals
Over the years, Dr. Chahal has acquired an array of experience in the various fields of Optometry. She has a special interest in managing ocular diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Dry Eye Disease. Dr. Chahal has over 2 years of experience performing Vision Therapy on children of all ages as well as adults with acquired Brain injuries.
In her spare time she likes to spend time outdoors at her family farm in Caledonand loves traveling with her husband and her two little boys.
DR. AMARDEEP DHANJAL
Dr. Amardeep Dhanjal is a licensed optometrist who has a varied educational background, having studied both in Canada and the United Kingdom. After attaining an undergraduate degree at McMaster University, she also completed the optometry program at City University in London, England. Upon completion of her studies and certification in England she then also graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Doctor of Optometry. She has worked as an optometrist both in England and Canada.
Dr. Dhanjal had an established independent practice located in Shoppers World Mall for 20 years where she practiced full scope optometry and gained many loyal patients over the years. In December 2018 she relocated her office and joined the multi-disciplinary LMC team of health care providers, where she continues to work and provide quality eye health exams to both her existing patient base and is currently also accepting new patients. The office uses diagnostic instruments to provide comprehensive exams as well as fit contacts and dispense glasses from a variety of established industry leading eyewear and lens companies.
She is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and registered with the College of Optometrists.
DR. PAUL DI NARDO
Dr. Paul Di Nardo graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in 2016 after completing his Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto. He completed ocular disease training in Dallas, Texas at the Parkland Health Hospital Ophthalmology Department, where he gained extensive experience in managing diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, and infectious diseases of the eye. He had additional training in the hospital’s Low Vision Clinic, and is well-versed in contact lenses refractive surgery co-management, and keeps up to date on advances in myopia control for children.
Dr. Di Nardo joined Thornhill Optometric Centre in 2010, before entering optometry school, where he gained valuable experience in the clinic before returning to practice in the office as an Optometrist in 2016. He joined LMC with the rest of Thornhill Optometric Team in May 2018, and continues to work across several other clinics in southern Ontario.
Although his main passion is to improve the lives of his patients through their vision, when he is not in the clinic, Dr. Di Nardo enjoys spending time with family and friends, experiencing and learning new things through travel, and cooking (mostly because it leads to eating).
DR. LINDSAY GALLOWITZ
Dr. Lindsay Gallowitz was born and raised in Richmond Hill, and has been a part of the LMC family since 2018. She completed her Doctor of Optometry with honors at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2017, after receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Guelph. Dr. Gallowitz received training in ocular disease management and therapeutics from the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pennsylvania, as well as completed clinical rotations in contact lenses, binocular vision and paediatric care. She has also travelled on mission trips to Peru and Honduras, where she provided eye examinations and glasses to patients with limited access to eye care. Dr. Gallowitz likes to spend her free time with family, reading a good book, or hitting the ski slopes in the winter. She looks forward to keeping your eyes healthy and seeing their best!
DR. STEVEN GOLD
Dr. Steven Gold graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1980. His clinical experience includes specialized training in contact lenses, laser co-management, ocular disease and diabetic eye care.
Dr. Gold had an established independent practice in Vaughan for more than 40 years where he practiced full scope optometry and gained many loyal patients over the years. In 2018 he relocated his office and joined the multi-disciplinary team of health care providers at LMC. He continues to work and provide quality eye health exams to both his existing patient base and to new patients visiting the clinic. Dr. Gold is dedicated to his patients and has a great passion for what he does.
In his spare time, Dr. Gold enjoys travelling, biking, camping and spending time with his family.
DR. Darryl Sher
Dr. Darryl Sher emigrated to Canada from South Africa in 2004. His first foray into the eye care industry was as a supplier of optical frames. While continuing with this business he successfully completed an International Optometric Bridging Program (IOBP) at the School of Optometry in Waterloo and subsequently started practicing optometry in Ontario. Over the years Dr. Sher has acquired a number of optical businesses which are all professionally run. With his wealth of experience, LMC is very fortunate to have Dr. Sher as part of our optometric team in our Thornhill clinic. With our shared values and a strong belief in providing the best eye health exam and providing value in our eye care services, we hope to reach out to all clientele in the surrounding area.
BOOK A COMPREHENSIVE EYE EXAM
An eye exam performed by an LMC Optometrist looks at the entire eye health and visual system, as well as your prescription. Book by phone: 1-833-562-3937, 9AM – 5PM, Monday to Friday