Up Close and Personal with Local Businesses

Up Close and Personal with Local Businesses

Please meet each of the amazing local businesses that are currently involved with the Healthy Waterloo Region. Featuring Dr. Robin Apfelbeck, optometrist.

April 25, 2016

Dear Readers,

In the next few posts, I would like for you to get to know each of the amazing local businesses that are currently involved with the Healthy Waterloo Region. Whether they provide an important service or whether they aim to inspire, uplift and motivate, they have a common goal -your wellbeing. Wouldn’t you like to know why they chose their current career paths? These talented and compassionate people are more than just a business. They have a story.


Robin knew she wanted to be an eye doctor since high school. While working as receptionist for an optometrist she fell in love with the career. “I always wanted to be in the medical field and care for patients but I also love the fashion aspect of optometry and find it exciting to get patients into fabulous new eyewear. The right glasses can positively change someone’s life.”

Robin is a local, having grown up in Kitchener. She graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1999 with her Doctor of Optometry degree and Bachelor of Science. Robin’s education included an externship at the Omni Eye Center in Atlanta Georgia, in 1998, where she worked alongside glaucoma, retina and cataract surgeons in the treatment of eye disease.

After graduation she purchased the practice from a retiring optometrist and has been practicing on the corner of King and Northfield for 17 years. Last year she added another location on Glasgow Street in Kitchener and combined the two clinics under the name Grand River Eye Care. “We have an incredible team of assistants and technicians, including two associate doctors, Dr. Aneela Gillani and Dr. Alex Polczynski. We work really hard

to serve our community and believe in prevention of vision loss. I have invested in technology that can detect eye disease before damage is done. Our newest device is called an ‘OCT’ that can scan layers of the retina and detect eye conditions much earlier than conventional testing. We are also very interested in promotion of eye health with suggestions of food and vitamins for a lifetime of healthy vision. Recently we’ve started genetic testing for macular degeneration.“

Robin and her team have a special interest in children’s eye exams. You can sometimes see Robin getting down on the floor to do an eye exam for a little one! “We have specialized equipment for infants as young as 6 months of age. This is the recommended age for their first eye exam (children are covered by OHIP until age 20 years).”

Robin is affiliated with TLC Laser Eye Centers and has been educated in laser eye surgery and follow-up care. She is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and College of Optometrists of Ontario.

Outside of work, Robin is busy with her husband and two children (Piper who is 13 and Quinn 11). She also has a crazy dog, named Hunter, who keeps her in shape with many long walks (runs). Robin enjoys writing and playing the piano.