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UW Mentorship: Dr. Tanya Polonenko

Written by: April Read (First Year)

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Tanya Polonenko for my mentorship visit! She is an

accomplished optometrist who specializes in binocular vision, low vision, and vision therapy.

Through a virtual tour I was able to see Visual Sense Eye Care, which is the clinic she has

recently opened here in Kitchener, Ontario. Every detail of her office was well thought out for

optimal patient care, work space flow, and employee comfort. The bright colours she chose

created an unique environment that was both professional and inviting. While I wish I was

able to meet her and visit her clinic in person, Dr. Polonenko did a wonderful job of showing

me around with her camera, telling me about herself, and answering all my questions! I was

most interested to learn about her specialties; including the residency programs she

attended and the apprenticeships she is now conducting as a supervisor. I was grateful to

have her expertise and now know of more opportunities for optometrists following

graduation. She told me about her experience starting up a business and running it, which is

something I aspire to do in the future. At Visual Sense Eye Care, she manages multiple

vision therapists, opticians, and receptionists all while seeing her own patients! I would like

to extend my gratitude to her for taking the time to talk to me, especially on a Friday evening

after an ocular emergency! I was truly inspired by Dr. Polonenko and I now have a new role



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