Stephanie Sengwe, Contributing Editor

Stephanie's coverage includes independent retailers and ECPs and reports on optical boutique/eyecare practice news and trends including local events, social purpose initiatives and store openings. She is the editor for several VM print features, such as Local Diary, Trending, In/Store, HearSay and Endpage. Stephanie is also the social media coordinator for Vision Monday's social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Contact Stephanie at ssengwe@jobson.com


Vancouver-Based Durant Sessions Opens Second Location in Canada

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, June 14, 2019 11:46 AM Durant Sessions (DS) started as an optical boutique serving the Gastown community in downtown Vancouver. Founded in 2015, the practice didn’t offer any optometric services until Lili Liang, OD, arrived on the scene and partnered with the store in 2017. “I first came on board in May 2017. I was strolling around Gastown with my other OD friend checking out all the optical shops back in December 2016. I stepped into DS and I instantly knew that I want to make this my work space,” she told VMail Weekend.

Scott Lee, OD, Serves Up the Lighter Side of Optometry With ‘Sight Gags Cartoons’

By Stephanie Sengwe
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:00 AM If you are involved in the optical field in any way—student, optometrist, optician, supplier, retailer even journalist—you have definitely come across one of Dr. Scott Lee’s popular cartoons. While he is a full-time practitioner at Atlantis Eyecare, online, he is the witty brains behind Sight Gags Cartoons, a collection of humorous optometry doodles that depict the hilarious and sometimes eyebrow-raising side of the science.

Khanh Ton, aka KT.Opt, Is Here to Look Out for Future Optometry Students

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, June 7, 2019 1:02 PM She may have just completed her first year of optometry school at the University of Houston College of Optometry, but Khanh Ton is not waiting until she receives her degree in order to pay it forward. This future eye doctor is already using her social media platform as a resource to inform pre-optometry students on various ways to get into the field. A recipient of a BS in Biology and minor in Psychology (she graduated magna cum lade from the University of Houston), Ton knew early on that she wanted to pursue some avenue in the primary health care field.

Mariam Aslami’s Instagram Proves She Is The Modern OD

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, May 31, 2019 3:02 PM Mariam Aslami is a first-generation Afghan-American optometrist who practices at Lenscrafters in Riverside, Calif. A Georgia native, Aslami moved to the Golden State for optometry school and graduated from the Marshall B. Ketchum University Southern California College of Optometry in 2016 and has been actively practicing since. In August 2018, Aslami decided to create her Instagram page, The Modern OD.

Scott Lee, OD, Serves Up the Lighter Side of Optometry With ‘Sight Gags Cartoons’

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, May 24, 2019 10:35 AM If you are involved in the optical field in any way—student, optometrist, optician, supplier, retailer even journalist—you have definitely come across one of Dr. Scott Lee’s popular cartoons. While he is a full-time practitioner at Atlantis Eyecare, online, he is the witty brains behind Sight Gags Cartoons, a collection of humorous optometry doodles that depict the hilarious and sometimes eyebrow-raising side of the science.

Candria Krywko, OD, Proves a Little Dedication Goes a Long Way

By Stephanie Sengwe
Monday, May 13, 2019 12:00 AM Candria Krywko, OD, is a Canadian native who left the icy city of Calgary and moved to California in 2002 in pursuit of her post-secondary education. She received her BS in Exercise Science, Scientific Basis from LaSierra University and went on to complete her doctorate in optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in 2010. With nearly 10 years of experience under her belt and her own practice, Eyes on Hayden, coming in October, Dr. Krywko proves that there is more to learn in the profession of optometry as long as you are willing to dedicate yourself. A novice to the Instagram world, she has in a matter of months, turned her social media presence around.

Haris Mirza Is Your Future ‘Baby Eye Doctor’

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, May 10, 2019 1:27 PM Haris Mirza is a first-generation Pakistani-American who is a second-year optometry student at the Western University of Health Sciences. Born and raised in California, Mirza’s love for the field has been growing over the years and was only fueled during his undergraduate studies when he took cognitive psychology and philosophy classes and started to view our ability to see differently.

Roxanna Jahangirian’s EyebyDr.J Showcases a Work-Life Balance

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, May 3, 2019 1:02 PM Roxanna Jahangirian is a California-based optometrist who’s been practicing since 2015. A graduate of the Southern California College of Optometry, Jahangirian opened her practice, West LA Optometry (a sublease model inside of LensCrafters), in July of 2017. That same year, she also created her Instagram page—EyesbyDr.J—a feel-good, lifestyle page that aims to show how this optometrist creates a balance between educating, practicing and traveling.

April Is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, April 26, 2019 10:43 AM With Women’s History Month behind us and Mother’s Day right around the corner, Prevent Blindness has continued to show some love to the ladies by reminding them to take care of their eyesight this month. The organization declared April as Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month to highlight the different needs in addressing women’s eye health. According to Prevent Blindness, women often make the majority of their family's health care decisions; in addition to being responsible for their own health, women are often responsible as caregivers for the health care choices of their children, partners, spouse and aging parents.

Candria Krywko, OD, Proves a Little Dedication Goes a Long Way

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, April 19, 2019 10:46 AM Candria Krywko, OD, is a Canadian native who left the icy city off Calgary and moved to California in 2002 in pursuit of her post-secondary education. She received her BS in Exercise Science, Scientific Basis from LaSierra University and went on to complete her doctorate in optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in 2010. With nearly 10 years of experience under her belt and her own practice, Eyes on Hayden, coming in October, Dr. Krywko proves that there is more to learn in the profession of optometry as long as you are willing to dedicate yourself. A novice to the Instagram world, she has in a matter of months, turned her social media presence around.

Sydney Madrigal Is Representing Her Fellow Latinxs

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, April 12, 2019 2:04 PM Sydney Madrigal is a third-year student pursuing her Master’s degree in Public Health as well as her doctorate in optometry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Though she spent most of her life in South Florida, Madrigal is of Cuban decent and has created Latina Optometrist, a light-hearted and inspirational page that gives a voice to one of the minority groups in the optical industry. “Upon starting school in Birmingham, I knew I would be a minority in my class, but over time I realized I was also a minority in the field,” Madrigal explained. “My parents didn’t know much about applying to optometry school, I was pretty much on my own; this is what made me really start to think about the potential impact I could make.”

Eyedvice: Stephanie Doherty Opens Up Her World of Special Effects Contact Lenses

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, April 5, 2019 2:28 PM Stephanie Doherty is a London-based optometrist whose main focus is special effects contact lenses. Doherty graduated from Cardiff University Wales in the summer of 2013, and went on to complete her pre-registration year, which in the U.K., means you work under a practicing optometrist for one year before taking the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and registering with the college of optometrists.

It Takes Two: BFFs Shreya Bhandari and Lara Bregman are Tackling Instagram Together

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, March 29, 2019 3:07 PM Shreya Bhandari and Lara Bregman are second year optometry students at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. The pair originates from Toronto and while both went to the University of Western Ontario for undergrad, it wasn’t until they moved to the States that they connected and became friends. “It’s kind of a funny story actually. Lara and I attended the University of Western Ontario but we did not know each other,” Bhandari explained. “We first met at our optometry school interview at Salus in Pennsylvania. We instantly connected and spent the entire interview day chatting. When Lara saw that I joined the Nova incoming class of 2021 Facebook group, she reached out to me and we have been best friends ever since.”

A Quick Recap: 6 Tidbits From the #VMSummit

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, March 22, 2019 3:09 PM The team here at VM kicked off the week with our annual Vision Monday Global Leadership Summit which took place at the Times Center this past Wednesday. This year’s program, titled "Decoding the Consumer: The New Science of Customer Behavior," focused on consumer trends and behavior. Those in attendance were presented with trends and tactics that are shaping business decision-making from top retail analysts, health care experts, data scientists and marketing innovators.

The Optometrist Next Door: Lili Liang Is the OD You Want to Check Your Eyes and Hang Out With

By Stephanie Sengwe
Friday, March 15, 2019 11:39 AM Lili Liang is a spunky, Taiwan-born optometrist who now resides in Vancouver. After moving to Canada at 13, Liang continued her education in the Great White North until she moved to Montreal to attend university. She later came to the U.S. and attended Salus University—Pennsylvania College of Optometry, where she graduated with a dual degree as a Doctor of Optometry and Master of Public Health in 2016. Post-graduation, she took it back home and started working at Durant Sessions, which was a boutique optical store and she was brought into the optometry practice that same year.