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Providing the Sunshine Coast community full-service optometry for over 25 years.

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The Staff

Our exceptional, friendly staff is our greatest asset. They are excited about what they do, and they care personally about getting the best results for our patients.


Our receptionists will try to accommodate your busy schedule by finding appointments that suit your needs. We will help you understand your insurance coverage and if financial arrangements are necessary, we will be glad to help you develop a plan to make your vision care treatment possible.

Please feel free to stop by and say hello to Rhonda, Mathew, Andrea, Tara, Kylie, Rachel and Rebecca!


Tara Pinch

Hello, my name is Tara Pinch, and I have been with Powell River Optometry since June 2015. I am currently studying to become an optician, which includes 2 years of study and a 2000 hour clinical component. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and running.



I was born and raised in Powell River but spent a few years in Vancouver to go to school. While in Vancouver I met my future husband, Rick and eventually we made our way back to Powell River. I have 2 grown daughters, Ashleigh and Brittany. Most of our time is spent up Powell Lake at our cabin but we also love boating and camping all year round. I am the Office Manager and also a Certified Optometric Assistant. I have had the fortune of working for Powell River Optometry for the last 26 plus years. The office has gone through many changes in those years and I look forward to many more years working with the awesome team we have here.



I was born in Vancouver but spent most of my years growing up in Surrey. My husband and I met in 1996 and were high school sweethearts. Before settling down, I traveled throughout Europe and lived in the United Kingdom for a time. When returning to Canada I rekindled my relationship with him, which led to marriage in 2011. We moved to Powell River to settle down and start a family. We bought acreage south of town and I now have two young sons, Rhys and Jaxyn, and two big fur babies, Sid and Callie. I joined the Powell River Optometry team August 2016 as a Receptionist and loving every moment thus far.



I have been working as a Pre-Test Technician for Powell River Optometry since June 2016. I am currently
finishing my Medical Office Assistant Program, and I’m in my second term of the Medical Terminology
portion once that is finished I will start Medical Transcription. Born and raised in Powell River, I enjoy the
nature it has to offer and spend much of my spare time outdoors.



I am the Lab Manager and have been with Powell River Optometry since 2011. I have been involved in the eye care industry for several years and am very passionate about what I do. I ‘m a married father of two with a grandson and love camping, kayaking and riding my motorcycle whenever possible.



I’m a third generation Powell Riverite who knows just how lucky I am to live here! After many years on Vancouver Island and in Southwestern Ontario, I finally made it home to stay. I’ve been with Powell River Optometry for three years and enjoy working with the public as a Pretest Technician and keeping busy with my other daily duties. I grew up on an organic farm South of town which I credit to sprouting my love of cooking and more importantly my enjoyment of good, real food. When not at the office, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing at the beach and exploring our beautiful backcountry with my husband Shaun.

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