Our downtown location is conveniently located on 7th Avenue and 8th Street SW in the Sandman Centre, directly across from the 8th Street LRT station.
Dr. Kent Prete,
An active member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Alberta Association of Optometrists, and the Alberta College of Optometrists, Dr. Prete lives his passion every day when he sees his patients.
Dr. Prete has spoken at over 100 professional events over the last almost twenty years. A keen educator and confident doctor, Dr. Prete is nearly as passionate about educating other eye care professionals as he is about caring for and educating his patients!
His academic & professional accomplishments include:
- Doctor of Optometry, University of Waterloo (1997). Graduated with honours; on the Dean’s list, all semesters.
- Received the Vistakon Award for Excellence in Contact Lenses.
- Active within the CAO, AAO, and ACO.
- Coach and head trainer for “Prete’s Pirates”, a small four-person sports team made up entirely of his kids.
When not in the clinic, you can find Dr. Prete out coaching one of his four children’s sports teams. A fit competitor, Dr. Prete invites you to say hi if you see him out for a run… if you can catch him.
Visit Dr. Prete at our Downtown and South Calgary offices.
Dr. Edward Jang,
Dr. Jang is one of Calgary’s most experienced Optometrists, joining the practice in 1988 right after graduation. He highly values the relationships he has developed with his patients and looks forward to creating more ties with new patients. Like the other doctors at Calgary Optometry Centre, Dr. Jang’s passion is eye care and he takes great pride in being the ‘keeper’ of his patients’ vision and eye health. If necessary, Dr. Jang can conduct an eye examination for Cantonese and Toy Shan speaking patients.
Outside the office, Dr. Jang volunteers with the Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS), providing complimentary eye exams for those that cannot afford eye care and for the homeless.
“The patients I have met at CUPS are so grateful and appreciative of the services we can provide. It has been extremely rewarding to give back.”
His academic and professional accomplishments include:
- Doctor of Optometry, University of Waterloo (1988).
- Prior involvement with Alberta College of Optometry (ACO) Competency Committee.
Dr. Jang has a couple of eye reminders for patients:
- Periodically compare the vision between the right and left eyes alone…most people don’t do this.
- Determine which is your dominant eye…if you don’t know how come in and we’ll show you how.
Visit Dr. Jang at our Downtown Calgary and North Calgary offices.
Dr. Roland Bauder,
Practicing since 1982, Dr. Bauder is one of the original Optometrists practicing at Calgary Optometry Centre.
Dr. Bauder is as much an inventor as he is an Optometrist. He has a keen eye for great engineering and loves taking a concept from an idea to something tangible. “I love integrating different technologies to create out-of-the-box solutions, especially when it means creating innovative and unconventional solutions for my patients.”
His academic and professional accomplishments include:
- Doctor of Optometry, University of Waterloo (1982). Graduated with honours, a member of the Dean’s list, and class valedictorian.
- Former Chairman, Occupational Vision Care Committee
- Former Chairman, National Advisory Committee for Vision Care Plans
Dr. Bauder has a simple philosophy: “life has presented me many opportunities. Some to invent, others to explore. I’ve found serving my patients to be the most rewarding of them all.”
Visit Dr. Bauder at our Downtown office and South Calgary offices.
Dr. Jean Shen,
Dr. Jean Shen graduated from the University of Waterloo with her Doctor of Optometry (with Honours) in 1999. Her externship was at the Vitreoretinal Foundation in Memphis, TN which specialized in diagnosis, treatment and surgery for ocular disease. Following graduation, Dr. Shen practiced in Vancouver before relocating to Calgary in 2000. She performed pre and postoperative care at a laser eye clinic, before joining Calgary Optometry Centre in 2002. The valuable experience she has gained in refractive eye surgery can benefit those patients who are considering laser surgery.
Throughout her optometric career, Dr. Shen has spent extensive time volunteering in developing countries. In 2004, she organized and led a team of volunteers to provide eye care and vision aids to several orphanages in remote areas of Thailand and the borders of Myanmar. These experiences have been extremely rewarding as they combine both her love of pediatric optometry and her love of travel. In her spare time, Dr. Shen also enjoys hiking, snowboarding and spending time with her dog.
Dr. Shen has special interests in nutrition, contact lens fitting and dry eye therapy. However, she welcomes all patients and looks forward to developing a tailored approach to meeting your vision care needs for your lifestyle, occupation and hobbies.
Visit Dr. Shen at our Downtown and South Calgary offices.
Dr. Mike Kostelecky,
Dr. Michael Kostelecky is a registered optometrist in Canada and the United States. He was born in North Dakota and obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University in Oregon. He brings 30 plus years of experience from practicing in the United States and Canada to the Calgary Optometry Centre. Dr. Kostelecky and his wife Hansine, raised their 5 children in Drumheller. He is an avid sports fan and most people know him for his love of the Green Bay Packers and Calgary Flames. He has recently settled in Calgary and is pleased to join the Calgary Optometry Centre team. Dr. Kostelecky provides full service eyecare service including eye examinations, vision health assessments and care, referrals and follow-ups for ophthalmology services including cataracts and laser eye surgeries, contact lens fittings, and education. He enjoys working with patients of all ages and looks forward to meeting you on your next visit.
Visit Dr. Kostelecky at our Downtown and Huntington Hills offices.
Dr. Amy Smith,
Dr. Smith grew up in Calgary and has lived here most of her life. She left briefly to pursue her education in Science and Optometry in Waterloo, where she graduated in 2013. Back in Calgary again, she has worked in various clinics around the city, and is excited to start a new chapter in her life with us at Calgary Optometry Center. When not in the clinic, she can be found out playing soccer, supporting the arts, or just staying in with her cats.
Visit Dr. Smith at our Downtown and Huntington Hills offices.