FYidoctors Acquires Specs Optometry, City Focus Optometry and Gole Eyeworks in Separate Deals


CALGARY, Alberta—FYidoctors, a private, optometrist-owned and operated eyecare company based here, has announced that Specs Optometry, City Focus Optometry and Gole Eyeworks have become part of the FYidoctors group.

As part of the Specs Optometry transaction, Drs. Ali Moradian, Andrew Denson, Marie-Josee Laflamme, Patrick O’Brien and Karen Pinchak of Specs have “joined the FYidoctors family,” according to an announcement late last week. Specs Optometry is a two-location practice that has served the communities of Airdrie and Carstairs, Alberta, for more than 20 years.

Dr. Alan Ulsifer, president and chief executive of FYidoctors, noted that earlier in his career he practiced in the current Specs Optometry location in Airdrie. “It is amazing how these communities have grown and how successful these two clinics have become,” he added. “These are entrepreneurial doctors who have made a name for themselves in the community and I am very proud to have them on our team.”

FYidoctors noted that the “acquisition bolsters FYidoctors’ position as a frontrunner in the Alberta marketplace and demonstrates our commitment to increasing our presence in Western Canada. United by a common philosophy on providing the best patient experience through the use of latest technology, offering a wide selection of designer frames and active engagement in community partnerships, Specs Optometry is a natural fit for the FYidoctors team.”

In a separate acquisition, FYidoctors added City Focus Optometry and its staff of Dr. Laurie Dodds, Dr. Jill Bridges, Dr. Annie Drouin and Dr. Lori Lukey. City Focus is a long-standing and reputable practice located in downtown Calgary, according to FYidoctors. Bridges, the founding doctors of City Focus, works closely with the Alberta Children’s Hospital in customizing contact lenses specifically for infant and toddler patients, the announcement noted.

“I am very pleased to add to our Calgary footprint,” Ulsifer said. “Despite the economic downturn, these doctors have continued to grow their practice and patient base because of their patient-first approach. Our brand continues to grow in Calgary and across the country and I am very proud to add City Focus to our team.”

A third deal, dating to late 2016, saw FYidoctors acquire Gole Eyeworks, a long-standing practice with two locations serving the communities of Newmarket and Arthur, Ontario, according to a statement. Drs. Robert Gole, Najma Uddin, Michael Hinch and their staff subsequently joined the FYidoctors team.