•DR. COURTNEY KENNEDY•
OPTOMETRIST & CLINIC OWNER
Dr. Courtney Kennedy is a proud Indigenous entrepreneur and works full time at the Kennedy Eye Clinic. She also is part owner of another clinic in the city, The Eye Studio YXE, where she works the odd Saturday! Dr. Kennedy was born and raised in Saskatoon and graduated high school in 2005 with a bilingual (French & English) diploma. She then attended the University of Calgary where she completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree (with honours) in Biomedical Sciences in 2009 and finished her Optometry degree (with honours) at the University of Waterloo in 2014. While she was a student, Dr. Kennedy interned in many places including a Veterans Hospital in New York City where she specialized in ocular disease and therapeutics.
Between 2015 and 2018, Dr. Kennedy opened two non-dispensing optometry practices in Saskatoon and in 2020, she
decided to amalgamate her practices into one full-scope private practice known as the Kennedy Eye Clinic! She is very excited to be offering a unique advanced dry eye clinic and is the first clinic in the province to have both radio-frequency and intense pulsed light treatments. Kennedy Eye Clinic is also the first optometry clinic in Saskatchewan to offer in-house aesthetic services!
There are a few accomplishments that Dr. Kennedy is very proud of:
2022: Dr. Kennedy won the Swinging With The Stars charity fundraiser in Saskatoon and raised over $44K to go to the City Hospital Eye Foundation! This money directly benefited her patients because it went towards funding new equipment for The Eye Centre.
2022: Dr. Kennedy was a finalist for the Women Entrepreneur's of SK's Indigenous Entrepreneur Of The Year Award.
2022: Kennedy Eye Clinic was a finalist for the NSBA's Business Builder Awards for the Pursuit Of Excellence Award.
2021: Dr. Kennedy was featured by the Government of SK in their Women’s Entrepreneur’s Week and recognized for all of her accomplishments.
2020: Dr. Kennedy was iMed Pharma's Top Dry Eye Provider Award in Canada.
2018: Dr. Kennedy was also chosen as Johnson & Johnson’s Top 40 Under 40 Optometrists in Canada!
Dr. Kennedy is a big advocate for supporting local and gives back to the community any chance she gets. Since 2010, Dr. Kennedy has always volunteered with local humane societies and is currently volunteering with the Saskatoon SPCA and SCAT Street Cat Rescue. Dr. Kennedy has also been fortunate enough to go on several mission trips to Peru, Thailand and the Philippines and plans to go on many more in the future! In her spare time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the lake and mountains and also loves to travel every chance she gets.
Dr. Kennedy is passionate about doing eye exams on people of all ages and helping people manage their dry eye disease; Dr. Kennedy has had very dry eyes herself since she had laser eye surgery in 2012 so that is why she opened the dry eye clinic! She is welcoming all new patients to her clinic and looks forward to meeting you!
•DR. ANNA MATIKO•
Dr. Anna Matiko has been working full time at the Kennedy Eye Clinic since 2019 and has been a major asset to the team! She has been practicing optometry for over ten years! Dr. Matiko was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. When she was younger, her dad always said she was going to be an optometrist and live in Aruba, one out of two isn't bad!
She attended the University of Saskatchewan where she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology in 2008 and finished her Optometry degree (with great distinction) at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2012. While in Chicago she got to experience living in a city with over double the population of the entire province of Saskatchewan! She enjoyed going to baseball games, eating Chicago-style hot dogs
(hold the ketchup), and living walking distance to the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. As part of her education, Dr. Matiko interned in many unique locations including: Bangor, Maine; Mountain Home, Tennessee; Chicago, Illinois; and Melbourne, Australia. She was able to increase her knowledge in primary eyecare, ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatric eye care. Dr. Matiko is committed to being a life-long learner and is always trying to expand her knowledge base.
In 2021, Dr. Matiko became a first-time mom to her son, Jasper! Dr. Matiko and her husband, Sheldon, could not be happier with their happy and energetic little boy. In her spare time Dr. Matiko can be found playing with her son, tending to her garden, trying a new recipe, or fishing with her husband.
For the first part of Dr. Matiko's career, she worked within non-dispensing optometry clinics in both Saskatoon and Regina. She is now excited to be part of the team at the Kennedy Eye Clinic because it allows her to offer a tailored patient experience from start to finish. As a new mom, Dr. Matiko connects well with other parents and enjoys working with families and patients of all ages!
•DR. BRANDON PRETE•
Dr. Prete works very part time at the Kennedy Eye Clinic and has been working with us since 2016! Dr. Prete completed his Bachelor of Science - Honours Physiology at the U of S and went on to finish his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2014. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a world-renown professional practice association dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of eye care.
Dr. Prete sees patients of all ages and has a special interest in diseases of the eye and visual system. This led him to pursue post-graduate residency training the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area in sunny South Florida at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry.
In addition to teaching at Nova Southeastern University’s The Eye Care Institute, he practiced in various services specialized in the management of glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic disease, ocular oncology, diseases of the retina and vitreous, and corneal and refractive surgery. He has published multiple scientific papers and often presents at optometry conferences across Canada and the USA.
Outside of his professional practice, Dr. Prete stays active through CrossFit, yoga, and 10-pin Bowling. As a former Canada Winter Games medallist in figure skating, Dr. Prete remains connected to the sport. Throughout the winter you’ll find him at the rink officiating at skating competitions all over the province.
Dr. Prete is also co-owner of The Eye Studio YXE in Saskatoon with Dr. Kennedy!
CLINIC MANAGER, CERTIFIED CANADIAN OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT
Kendra was born and raised in Saskatoon. She has always had a love and curiosity for the eye care industry and was ecstatic to start her new chapter at Kennedy Eye Clinic in 2019! She loves being able to learn new things every day and is so fortunate to work beside such amazing doctors. She loves getting to know patients of all ages, especially children, as she has a daughter, Stevie, at home who keeps her and her husband very busy! In her spare time, Kendra loves being able to spend quality time with her family. She also has a love for drawing, painting, cooking, and animals. (Fun fact, Dr. Kennedy and Kendra both have cats named Gus!) She is excited to be able to meet all new patients and is so happy to be a part of the Kennedy Eye Clinic Team!
Sydney has been working for the Kennedy Eye Clinic since August 2020 and has loved learning about the eye care industry. She started the optician program in September 2022 and can't wait to help you with all of your eye care and glasses needs! When she is not at work, Sydney enjoys spending time with her family and her cat, Harvey! Sydney is always ready to help and is excited to see you at your next visit at the Kennedy Eye Clinic!
FRAME STYLIST / STUDENT OPTICIAN
Katie was born and raised in Saskatoon and got her start in the optometric field in 2009. She quickly fell in love with the fast paced environment and ability to help people in a functional and fashionable manner. With a range of training from pre-testing to frame and lens selection, Katie is always ready to take on a challenge and help you find the perfect eyewear!
Chaelsey was born in Saskatoon and raised in Quill Lake, SK. She has been in the Optical industry since 2010, completing the Optical Sciences Program in 2012. She loves a good challenge when it comes to adjusting or fixing frames! In her spare time she loves gardening and spending time with her family. She never lost her love for the country, and lives on an acreage with her husband, two children, their dog & two cats. Chaelsey loves being a part of the Kennedy Eye Clinic team and looks forward to meeting you & helping you see better with your new glasses!
CERTIFIED CANADIAN OPTOMETRIC ASSISTANT
Tanis was born and raised in Saskatoon. She has been working as an optometric assistant since 2014, completing her certification as a Canadian Optometric Assistant in 2015. She loves to travel as well as spend weekend getaways in the mountains with her partner and often with their dog, Roni, in tow! Tanis has been passionate about the eye care industry since day one and is thrilled to share her enthusiasm with each and every patient who comes through the door!
Patricia was born and raised in the Philippines, and moved to Canada with her family at the age of 16. She is currently taking her undergraduate at the University of Saskatchewan in hopes to become an Optometrist. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and drawing, as well as playing tennis with her partner. Patricia is excited to learn as much as she can about the industry in hopes of becoming a successful Optometrist in the future. But for now, she is very excited to assist you during your visit!