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Our Eye Doctors & Staff

Our Optometrists

Our Optometrists

Dr. Robin Apfelbeck

our Waterloo optometrist

Dr. Apfelbeck has been owner of the practice since 1999. She recently gave the practice the name “Grand River Eye Care”.

Robin is a local and grew up in Kitchener. She graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1999 with her Doctor of Optometry degree and Bachelor of Science. Her education included an externship at the Omni Eye Center in Atlanta Georgia, in 1998, where she worked alongside glaucoma, retina and cataract surgeons in the treatment of eye disease. She is affiliated with TLC Laser Eye Centers and has been educated in laser eye surgery and follow up care. She is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and College of Optometrists of Ontario.

Outside of work, Robin is busy with her husband and two children: Piper (14) and Quinn (12). She also has a crazy dog, named Hunter, who keeps her in shape with many long walks (runs). Robin enjoys reading and playing the piano.

Robin is passionate about specialty contact lens fitting, including difficult gas permeable (hard lens) fits and ortho-k. She also loves seeing patients of all ages and has special (and fun) testing for infants and children. She takes pleasure in serving her community.

Dr. Jan Bedi

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Dr. Jan Bedi received her Optometry Bachelors of Science from City University London, United Kingdom. She continued her optometric pre-registration training in England. She moved to Canada in 2012 and worked with Dr. Apfelbeck as an optometric assistant at Grand River EyeCare in Waterloo. Jan then became an Eye Doctor in Canada from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, the Ontario Association of Optometrists, and the College of Optometrists of Ontario and is an affiliate of The Laser Centre (TLC). Outside of work, Jan spends time with her husband and beautiful daughter. She also enjoys travelling, sports and reading and is also fluent in Punjabi. Jan enjoys seeing patients of all ages including specialty infant eye exams. She strives for excellence in her eye exams and is very happy to provide exceptional eye care to everyone in her home city of Waterloo.

Dr. Krystal Chee

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Dr. Krystal Chee completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, and then went on to graduate as a Doctor of Optometry with honors from U.C. Berkeley, School of Optometry, earning the national Student Award in Clinical Ethics. Her optometric training included externships at Veterans hospitals in Portland and San Francisco, where she worked alongside ophthalmologists to diagnose and manage conditions including retinal disease, glaucoma, and cataracts. Dr. Chee has volunteered with many local community screenings as well as an eye care mission trip to Mexico in 2013. She is a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists of Ontario. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband cooking, traveling, and being involved in their church. She also enjoys baking, calligraphy, and watercolor. Dr. Chee is passionate about thorough, comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages. She has a particular interest in contact lens care and treatment of ocular conditions. She enjoys being back near her hometown and taking care of the community’s eye care needs!

Our Amazing Staff

Kerry C., CCOA

Kerry - Grand River Eye Care - Kitchener, ON

Kerry has been working at Grand River Eye Care for over 4 years and is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant. She is usually behind the scenes, working in the lab ensuring all the orders are perfect! She loves knowing that she is helping our patients see and look their best. When not at the office she enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and their dog Randy being outdoors and active.

Gillian B., CCOA

Gillian - Grand River Eye Care - Kitchener, ON

Gillian has been in the optical industry for 8 years and the eye care industry for 2 years. She enjoys educating patients on how important it is to keep their eyesight a top priority. Gillian loves interacting with patients while pretesting, fitting glasses or working at the front desk. When not spending time working, she enjoys her free time with her husband and dogs, gardening, and eating great food!

Marina G., CCOA

Marina - Grand River Eye Care - Kitchener, ON

Marina was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. There she completed her Bachelor Degree in International Communications, and is fluent in Russian, German and English. After moving to Canada she changed her career path and is enjoying working in the Optometric field. Outside of work Marina likes to spend time outdoors, practicing yoga, and reading classical literature as well as hanging out with her husband and Rupert, their chocolate lab.

Sandra R., CCOA


Sandra is amazing at helping people find the best glasses! She has a vast knowledge of frames, designers, and lenses. If you have a question about glasses or lenses she has the answer. She has worked for a decade in optical industry and in 2011 she completed her Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant course. She loves knowing that we are helping people see the world clearly. When not at work, Sandra loves to travel with her husband and enjoys reading.

Cheryl S., CCOA

Cheryl - Grand River Eye Care - Kitchener, ON

Cheryl, our office manager has been in the optometric field for over 5 years, and is a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant. She completely enjoys helping people pick the perfect frame, and always promises to give an honest opinion when patients are trying to decide which frame suits them best. She loves swimming and walking her dogs Rocky and Bella. A lot of the time if Cheryl is not at work you can find her cheering on her husband and sons at the ball diamonds and football fields.

Monica V.


We are thrilled to welcome Monica to our team. Monica is making a fresh start and entering the world of Optometry at our office. She has extensive customer service experience and loves dealing with people, always striving to make them smile. Monica has a flare for fashion and make up application, and is always willing to give her opinion on patients glasses purchases. Monica has a love of animals and enjoys the antics of her cat, Lola.