Meet our team:
Debbie has worked for over 25 years in the Vernon/Lake Country area as a licensed optician, contact lens fitter and optical business owner. After all this time in optical, Debbie’s passion is fitting contact lenses. Keeping up with new advancements in technology allows her to offer our patients both excellent service and innovative products. Over the years, Debbie has developed many long term relationships with patients that make her job so rewarding. When not at LCO, Debbie enjoys running, skiing and all the wonderful things that the Okanagan has to offer.
Jen came to us after completing the Business Technology program at UBCO. She enjoys her position as an Optometric Assistant and looks forward to continuing her studies within the Optometric field. Jen has lived in the Lake Country community for more than 15 years. Jen enjoys the outdoors, her dogs, camping, being in the water, music, biking, photography, and all the adventures of life!
Tina DeRoche comes to us with 15 years of combined medical reception experience. You will usually find Tina at the front desk, welcoming patients, answering phone calls, and scheduling appointments. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, animals and chocolate. She lives in Kelowna with her husband Peter, and grown daughters, Dominique and Christine.
Christa comes to us with over a year of optical experience and a extensive customer service background. She enjoys getting to know patients and looks forward to continuing her career within the Optical field. She has an interest in all sorts of reptiles and has four snakes and a gecko at home! Christa was born and raised in the Okanagan and can usually be found enjoying the outdoors when she’s not in the office.
With almost 10 years of experience in the optical industry, most of Sarah’s day is spent in the dispensary, helping patients choose appropriate eyewear for their visual needs and personal sense of style. When she’s not at work she spends time with her husband and enjoys crafts, gardening, and her Boston terrier puppy.
Jenessa grew up in Kelowna and has been in the optical industry since 2014. She received her Optician’s License in 2017 and is very excited to further her career as a licensed Optician at Lake Country Optometry. Outside of work you will find Jenessa spending time with her husband, family, and friends. She also enjoys what the Okanagan offers such as being at the lake or skiing at Big White.
Sarah Emmons grew up in Kelowna and completed her Bachelor of Science degree at UBCO. She is pursuing a career in Optometry and appreciates the opportunity to gain more knowledge in the field. Working in the role of receptionist and optometric assistant, she contributes her love of people and vision to the community, as she continues her studies. Sarah also volunteers as a “VisionMate” with the CNIB. When she is not working, studying or volunteering, Sarah likes to go hiking with family and friends and enjoy the beauty of our wonderful valley.
Lauren Fanelli, from Victoria B.C and now living in Lake Country works at the front desk performing her role as a receptionist. She is currently enrolled at UBCO earning a Bachelor Degree in Microbiology, and aspires to pursue post-graduate school, and have a career in the medical field.
Lauren is excited to learn and develop skills at Lake Country Optometry, and flourish in the health and medical field. Outside of work and full time studies you will see Lauren playing sports, hiking, singing and playing the violin.