Know Your Optometrist: Dr. Mayur Desai
Dr. Mayur Desai
Dr. Mayur Desai is the owner of Erin Mills Eye Care Centre. He has been practicing optometry next to LensCrafters in the Erin Mills Town Centre since 2009. He is also a principal partner of the Downtown Eye Associates, a practice located in downtown Toronto.
Dr. Desai graduated from Indiana University with a Doctorate in Optometry in 1996. His studies at Indiana University included three-month internships with the Indian Health Service at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon and the Eye Institute of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he gained experience in ocular pathology and therapeutics.
Dr. Desai has held the position of Director of Optometric Relations and Associate Vice-President of Eye Care for the Retail Division of Luxottica in Canada, which includes LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and Sears Optical. He was intimately involved in the assimilation of Cole Vision, Shoppers’ Optical and Precision Optical and the subsequent introduction of the Pearle Vision brand in Canada. Dr. Desai has sat on the Contact Lens Advisory Board and Optometric Advisory Council for Luxottica Retail as well as the Advisory Board for a large pharmaceutical company.
Over the last 13 years, Dr. Desai has participated in global clinics, with Luxottica’s One Sight charitable organization, serving underprivileged populations in Canada, the United States, China, Mexico and Chile.
Dr. Desai is a member of good standing with the Canadian Association of Optometrists, Ontario Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists of Ontario.
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Dr. Natalia Nowakowska
Dr. Natalia Nowakowska had graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2010. She has specialized in both ocular pathology and therapeutics graduating in 2014 with an Honours Masters Degree in Optometry from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom. Dr. Nowakowska completed a one year internship working in both private practice as well as at the NHS York Hospital Ophthalmology department in England, United Kingdom. She worked in diverse departments including, binocular vision, pediatric optometry as well as ocular health and surgery alongside an Ophthalmologist. Dr. Nowakowska took part in various campaigns promoting the importance of optimal vision care including the Retinoblastoma campaign to raise funds for those children affected.
In 2015 upon completing her internship she had moved to Lincoln, United Kingdom and taken on a resident Optometrist position working in her community. She also became a member of the College of Optometrists as well as the Association of Optometrists in England, United Kingdom.
Upon her return to Canada she had worked at a Toronto Family Optometry clinic. During this time she participated in the training camp for the Toronto Maple Leafs screening the vision of the players. Dr. Nowakowska had successfully completed the Optometry conversion program at the University of Waterloo in 2016. Upon graduation she had become a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists of Ontario.
Dr. Nowakowska is very passionate about eye health and has a strong interest in research and new treatment modalities. She is very excited to be working in her community to promote eye health importance and to provide optimal vision care for her patients.