Meet the Team
Meet our Doctors
Dr. Laura Cookson OD, BSc
Doctor of Optometry
Developmental, Behavioural and Rehabilitative Optometrist
Dr. Cookson completed her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences, with honours, at the University of Guelph. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree, with honours, from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 2011. While in school, Dr. Cookson participated in an internship program that traveled around Jamaica, working with the Foundation for International Self Help (FISH). She performed full eye exams all over the country, in both rural and urban settings. Dr. Cookson also participated in an optometric mission trip to Chiapa de Corzo, Mexico, where the team provided free eye exams and glasses to over 1,700 residents. In her final year of optometry school, Dr. Cookson completed an internship focusing on ocular disease at the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as well as a pediatric/binocular vision internship in Brampton, Ontario.
While in optometry school, Dr. Cookson developed a keen interest in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation. Since finishing optometry school she has taken numerous vision therapy courses, totaling well over 150 hours of continuing education, to further her knowledge in this exciting area. She began offering vision therapy to her patients in 2012, and, due to the high demand for these services, decided to expand and open her own Vision Therapy Clinic. The clinic opened on December 1, 2016 and is thriving. Dr. Cookson is very excited and motivated to make sure that all patients reach their vision goals. She continues to take part in continuing education here in Canada and the United States.
Dr. Cookson grew up in Georgetown and is excited to be able to open up her Vision Therapy Clinic in Halton and continue serving the community. She is the Ontario Provincial Representative for Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation and a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Canadian Association of Optometrists, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Extension Program Foundation.
Dr. Charlene Hickey OD, MSc, BSc
Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Hickey is currently on maternity leave, and will be returning to InDepth Vision in early 2021. Dr. Hickey completed her Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences and a Master’s degree in Neuroscience at Queen’s University. She then went on to obtain her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo in 2014. During her studies, she completed an externship at the St. Albans Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Queens, New York, where she gained valuable hands-on experience and training in ocular disease and therapeutics. At graduation, Dr. Hickey received the Alcon Award for Excellence in Ocular Health and was also named on the Dean’s Honour List.
Dr. Hickey is excited to join Dr. Cookson at InDepth Vision and to continue to serve the Milton community, where she has been practicing optometry since 2015. She enjoys seeing patients of all ages and is deeply committed to providing her patients with thorough and exceptional eye care.
Dr. Hickey lives in Halton with her husband, their son Jacob, daughter Emily and dog Finn. Outside of work, Dr. Hickey loves spending time with her family: taking walks together in the park, relaxing at a coffee shop, or joining a mom & baby class.
Dr. Patricia Hernandez
Doctor of Optometry
Dr. Patricia Hernandez is a graduate from La Salle University School of Optometry in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Hernandez served as a faculty member from 1995 to 2006 at the same University. She came to Canada in 2006 and successfully finished the IOBP (International Optometric Bridging Program) at the University of Waterloo. She then went on to complete her Masters degree in Vision Science in 2010 also at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Hernandez has been in private practice in the province of Ontario since 2009.
Dr. Hernandez specializes in low vision and pediatrics, with an interest in sports vision. She is excited to be joining the InDepth Vision team to further expand her knowledge in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation.
Meet our Staff
Jackie started her career in the Optometry field in 2009. As an office manager, she oversaw all areas of patient care, staffing and office operations. She also has an extensive background in insurance and customer service. Jackie is both knowledgeable and personable; add to that her great organizational skills, and we consider ourselves very fortunate to have her as part of our team.
In her role as InDepth Vision’s office manager, Jackie oversees all aspects of customer service. She strives to ensure each patient receives professional, courteous care and has an enjoyable experience at our clinic. We are thrilled that she will be one of the first faces you meet when you enter our clinic.
Sarah began working in the Optometric field in early 2014 as a Patient Care Coordinator. In this role she oversaw all areas of optometry, including reception, preliminary testing, glasses selection, measurements and ordering, as well as, teaching patients how to insert/remove and properly care for their contact lenses. Sarah was eager to learn about the field of optometry and the visual process. While in this position, she developed a keen interest for vision therapy. Her life-long love of learning, inquisitive nature and passion for helping others made her a perfect fit for our clinic. She joined our team in October 2016.
She is furthering her knowledge by attending continuing education courses throughout Canada and the United States. Sarah enjoys working with both children and adults, helping them to achieve their vision-related goals.
Trish graduated with Honors from the Early Childhood Education Program at Sheridan College and returned the following year to complete the Educational Assistant program. She went on to graduate from Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Studies with Children’s Education and Development Option, as well as, a minor in Psychology. Trish has a passion for teaching, learning, and helping others learn and grow their skills. Her education and passion has translated perfectly into becoming a Vision Therapist. Trish joined our team at InDepth Vision in 2017.
She is fascinated by the visual system, and is furthering her knowledge by attending continuing education courses in the field of Optometric Vision Therapy. She successfully completed the Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program (PVTAP) through Vision Therapy Canada in 2019. Trish has boundless creativity, and you can often find her working on a new project for the vision therapy room!
Pamela graduated from the University of La Salle School of Optometry in Bogotá, Colombia. She practiced for more than 15 years at her native city of Bucaramanga, both in private practice, and as a professor at the School of Optometry. She then moved to Canada and continued to work within the eye care industry. Later, Pamela began working as a Vision Therapist. She has a love of learning, and always strives to better her knowledge, to this end she became a Certified Optometric Vision Therapist (COVT) in 2016, and successfully completed the Practical Vision Therapy Accreditation Program (PVTAP) in 2017.
In 2018, the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) appointed her as one of their Course Instructor trainees, and their representative for Latin America. In 2019 The Colombian College and Federation of Optometrists (FEDOPTO) named her as the Director for the International chapter of their Federation.
Patient Care Coordinator
Anamae is very happy to be a part of the InDepth Vision team. She started her career in the Optometry field in 2015. She is one of the first faces you will see when you enter the office, and greets all patients with a smile. She is eager to help out anyway she can.
In her role as InDepth Vision’s Patient Care Coordinator she keeps the appointments running smoothly, and is in charge of our pre-testing, retinal imaging, and visual fields. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching movies as well as spending time with family and friends.