Mosaic Vision Care has a surprisingly long history. The downtown Courtenay practice was founded in 1973 by Dr. John Gansner, and transferred to Dr. Mary Lynn DesRoches in 1988. Twenty years later, we became Mosaic Vision Care under local optometrist Alex Kennedy. The name "Mosaic" reflects the growing diversity within the local population, a diversity of history, ethnicities, skills, and viewpoints. Mosaic Vision Care established its second location in the Crown Isle neighbourhood of Courtenay after merging with Courtenay 1-Hour Optical.
Dr. Alex Kennedy has been wearing glasses since he was a baby. He underwent eye muscle surgery as a child, and has worn contact lenses and glasses for many years. He's personally experienced eye injuries, retinal problems, floaters, and eyelid problems. Despite this, he has very good vision! He's lived with his family in the Comox Valley since 2007. He grew up in various places around North America, including Victoria, where his father was stationed for the majority of his naval career. He graduated with two degrees, including the Doctor of Optometry, from the University of Waterloo in 1994. He was the awarded the prestigious Award of Merit from the Canadian Association of Optometrists. He has a keen interest in the design and manufacturing of lenses of all types. In his free time he enjoys cycling and team sports, studying history and coaching volleyball.
Dr. Laura Thomasen was born and raised in Ontario and completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Waterloo. In search of adventure and a warmer climate she moved to Australia to complete her Optometry degree at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Thomasen worked in rural Queensland for four years before returning home to Canada in 2013. Having fallen in love with the West Coast she knew she couldn't handle the cold and snowy winters of Ontario. Laura stumbled upon the Comox Valley after meeting Dr. Kennedy's wife in Vancouver and knew right away it was the place to settle and put down roots. She is a member of the BC Doctors of Optometry and is involved in the Continuing Education committee. Laura enjoys practicing full scope optometry and has a particular interest in ocular disease and children's vision. She is happily accepting new patients at both our Crown Isle and Downtown 5th Street locations. In her spare time Laura loves exploring the island's endless trails and beaches with her husband and their two dogs.
Dr. Carla Bunn is from Calgary and has a passion for detecting eye problems. She obtained an honours science degree from the University of Calgary, her Doctor of Optometry in Waterloo. She is also continuing her education, currently studying for her Masters in Health Science Education through McMaster University.