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Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision – many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our team of passionate professionals:

Dr. William J. Ulakovic

DrUlakovicBorn and raised in Thunder Bay, Dr. Ulakovic obtained his B.Sc. degree at Lakehead University. He completed his optometric training and education at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry graduating in 1986. He returned to Thunder Bay to open a private practice in the Medical Arts Building where he practiced for eight years prior to establishing Harbourview Optometry Centre with another local optometrist, Dr. Brad Elgie. Dr. Ulakovic has been actively involved with the Ontario Association of Optometrists, (OAO), serving on many committees, sitting on the board of Directors for ten years and finally serving a two year term as Association President from 2007-2009. He continues to remain active in Association duties and is currently the OAO appointee to the Eye Health Council of Ontario. He is also a clinical instructor and lecturer with the Northern Ontario Medical School. Dr. Ulakovic is also fully certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to prescribe medications for the treatment of various ocular diseases including glaucoma.

Dr. Bradley J. Elgie

Dr. Elgie was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. He completed his pre-optometry program and optometric degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating from the School of Optometry2016-12-03_09.41.48 in 1982. Following graduation, Dr. Elgie decided to move to Thunder Bay to join an established optometric group practice. In 1986, Dr. Elgie opened his own office where he practiced until 1994 when together with Dr. Ulakovic they established Harbourview Optometry Centre in the original Cumberland Street location. Outside of his practice Dr. Elgie enjoys skiing, golfing, cycling and spending time with his family both in Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie. Dr. Elgie is committed to fulfilling his role as a primary eye care provider to his patients and to the community. He is fully certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to prescribe medications to treat ocular conditions, including glaucoma

Dr. Kristine Miller

A native of Thunder Bay, Dr. Miller graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1997 on the Dean’s Honours List.  During her studies she completed an ocular disease and therapeutics externship at the Vitreal Retinal Foundation in Memphis Tennessee.  Since graduation Dr. Miller has been involved in full scope private practice in Thunder Bay.  She has a special interest in both pediatric eye care and laser vision correction having undergone bladeless LASIK herself in 2005.  With the recent changes in Ontario legislation Dr. Miller is fully certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to prescribe medications to treat ocular conditions.

Dr. Aaron R. Asselstine

2016-12-03 09.39.16 Dr. Aaron Asselstine was born and raised in Thunder Bay. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Lakehead University in 1997 and received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2001. During his final year at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Asselstine completed an ocular disease externship at Matossian Eye Associates which has offices located in Doylestown, PA and Ewing, NJ. This presented him with the opportunity to work with specialists in the fields of pediatrics, glaucoma, oculoplasty and cataract surgery. Dr. Asselstine is fully certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to prescribe medications required for the treatment of ocular conditions.

Dr. Joseph Valente

2016-12-03_09.43.44A Thunder Bay native, Dr. Valente obtained his Honours Bachelor of Science degree (Biology Major) with first class standing from Lakehead University. He graduated on the Dean’s Honours List from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2006. During his studies, Dr. Valente completed an ocular disease and therapeutics externship at OMNI Eye Specialists in Baltimore, Maryland. During this externship he received extensive training in the diagnosis and management of a variety of eye conditions including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma. He also completed a specialty contact lens training course in Jacksonville, Florida. Upon completion of his studies, Dr. Valente returned home to begin practicing at Harbourview Optometry Centre. Dr. Valente is certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to prescribe medications for the treatment of various ocular conditions.

Dr. Paul F. Savioli

2016-12-03 09.37.48Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Dr. Savioli obtained two degrees: Honours B.Sc. (Biology major) and B.Sc. (psychology major) at Lakehead University. He completed his optometric training and education at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry graduating in 2011. As a part of his training, Dr. Savioli completed his ocular disease internship at OMNI eye services in Atlanta, Georgia with a focus on corneal diseases, cataracts, diabetes, macular degeneration and glaucoma. Dr. Savioli is also a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists where he currently sits on the board of directors, chairs the scope expansion committee and is a member of the remuneration committee. Dr. Savioli is also fully certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to prescribe medication for the treatment of various ocular diseases. He is passionate about living and working in Thunder Bay, and continues to support local arts, sports and businesses.

Dr. Lauren Hill

DrHillDr. Hill is originally from Thunder Bay, where she attended Lakehead University and graduated with an H.B.Sc. in Applied Bio-Molecular Science in 2010. She then moved to Houston, Texas to pursue optometry at the University of Houston and graduated with her Doctor of Optometry in 2014 with Magna Cum Laude honours. While in Texas, Dr. Hill completed externship rotations participating in primary care optometry, glaucoma treatment, cataract surgery co-management and LASIK co-management. She then moved to British Columbia to work in a private practice providing primary eye care. Dr. Hill has since moved back home to Thunder Bay and is happy to have joined the team at Harbourview Optometry Clinic. Outside of optometry, Dr. Hill enjoys being outdoors, spending time at camp, hiking and travel. Dr. Hill is fully certified by the College of Optometrists of Ontario to provide medication for the treatment of various eye conditions and diseases.

Dr. Byron Advent

2016-11-30 18.47.15Dr. Byron Advent was born and raised in Thunder Bay. He graduated from Lakehead University in 2009 with an Honours Bachelor of Science. He then moved to Houston, Texas and received his Doctor of Optometry Degree from the University of Houston with Magna Cum Laude. In Texas, he completed externships with focus on co-management of cataract surgery and laser vision correction, pediatrics and primary care. Dr. Advent also completed an externship with focus on eye disease at BridgeBuilders Eye Clinic, which provided eye care for underprivileged communities in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Advent then moved to Vancouver and worked in a private practice setting. While in British Columbia, Dr. Advent was an active member with the British Columbia Association of Optometrists and served for the Quality Assurance Committee. He is happy to have moved back to Thunder Bay and bring his experiences and patient-centered care to Harbourview Optometry Centre. Dr. Advent is fully certified by the College of Optometrist of Ontario to provide medication for the treatment of various eye conditions and diseases. He enjoys sports and spending time at camp.