Our Team - Our Family
Dr. Shalu Pal, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S.
Dr. Shalu Pal graduated from the Southern California College of Optometry, completed her Contact Lens, Cornea and Disease residency at the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry followed by her Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry. She has her Fellowship in the Scleral Lens Society. Dr. Pal is a current candidate for her Diplomate in the American Academy of Optometry in the area of Contact Lens and Refractive Technology.
Dr. Pal was a member of the faculty at NSUOCO from 2005 to 2007 and at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry from 2007 to 2009. Dr. Pal is currently in a group practice in Toronto, Canada, where she specializing in two areas. Advanced Contact Lens Fitting for corneal repair post trauma, disease, pain and high prescriptions. The second is Dry Eye management and treatment with advance technology and innovative treatment protocols.
Dr. Pal is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, and a volunteer of the Ontario Association of Optometrist’s Continuing Education Committee. Dr. Pal is also a member of the American Optometric Association, Chair elect for the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section Council. Dr. Pal is a member of Vision Source and an Administrator for the Greater GTA area. Dr. Pal is a faculty member and speaker for Allergan’s Optomize and Jump Start programs. She is a member of the Women’s Advisory Board for Alcon USA. She is also a speaker, writer and consultant for Allergan, Alcon, Bausch & Lomb, CooperVision, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Menicon America, Santen Pharmaceutical and Shire. Dr. Pal a speaker for the STAPLE Program, which facilitates 45 contact lenses workshops across North American Optometry Schools annually.
Dr. Pal has been published many times in various academic journals including the Review of Optometry, Contact Lens Spectrum, Optometry Times and Advanced Ocular care.
Dr. Pal was a volunteer doctor for the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games and is affiliated with FUDEM, Eye Care Specialist in San Salvador, El Salvador where she volunteers on a regular basis.
Dr. Pal grew up in Saint John New Brunswick. Since relocating her family to Toronto she has enjoyed learning new things including how to ride a motorcycle.
Dr. Pal loves what she does and enjoys helping others, educating patients students and colleagues and most importantly bringing sight to her patients!
Dr. Debby Yeung, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.S.L.S.
Dr. Debby Yeung received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Biomedic Science at the University of Waterloo. She continued on to Boston to earn her Doctor of Optometry degree from New England College of Optometry, where she graduated cum laude and as a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa National Optometric Honor Society.
After graduation, Dr. Yeung completed a residency position in Cornea and Contact Lens at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science, where she continues to supervise and teach in the Contact Lens Clinic. She guest-lectures in the third year Contact Lens Course, and is an instructor for the course’s laboratory component. Dr. Yeung is also an educational consultant for Valley Contax.
With a focus on specialty contact lens fitting, Dr. Yeung divides her time between private practice and clinical research. She is currently pursuing her Master in Vision Science. Her research interests include the interaction between scleral lenses and the ocular surface. She has presented at numerous meeting in North America and in the U.K. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is pursuing her Fellowship with the British Contact Lens Association and Scleral Lens Society.
Finally, Dr. Yeung is fluent in English and Cantonese, and is conversational in Mandarin.
Dr. Shirley Blanc, B.Sc., O.D.
Dr. Shirley Blanc obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Science at the University of Waterloo, then went on to graduate with a Doctorate of Optometry in 2001. She has years of experience working in laser surgery centers providing pre- and post-operative care, and in private practice catering to patients of all ages including services such as children exams, single vision and multifocal contact lens fittings, and utilizing the latest technology for early screening and monitoring of conditions such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
In recent years, she has placed particular interest in treating patients with traumatic brain injury due to the need for optometric intervention as a vital component of a post-concussive health care team. The skills and education she has obtained through an extensive array of specialized courses and certifications in the field of Neuro-Optometric Vision Rehabilitation, as well as her experience with post-concussive patients, has enabled her to provide individualized solutions with research-supported strategies for patients with Post-Trauma Vision Syndrome. Dr. Blanc incorporates a multi-disciplinary team-based approach, with a consideration of vision as an interactive component with other systems in the body. She frequently collaborates with other professionals, such as Sports Medicine and other Physicians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Chiropractors, and Osteopaths. She has also conducted speaking engagements to educate health professionals about vision and concussion, and has volunteered with the Canadian Optometrists in Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation.
Dr. Behnaz Parhizkari, O.D., M.P.A.
Dr. Behnaz Parhizkari earned her Doctorate from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego and earned a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration at California State University, East Bay, graduating with honours.
During her clinical training, Dr. Parhizkari studied at several nationally recognized clinics in Toronto, Florida, Connecticut and Illinois. She remained active within the optometric community, holding leadership positions within the National Optometric Student Association.
Dr. Parhizkari performs comprehensive eye examinations for children and adults, with special emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease as well as spherical, astigmatic, and multifocal contact lens fittings. She is specialized in the management of retinal disease, diabetic eye disease, dry eye conditions and co-management of cataract, glaucoma, retinal and refractive surgeries.
Dr. Parhizkari feels passionately about humanitarian work, volunteering locally and internationally at vision clinics in Paraguay in 2010 and Guatemala in 2012. She is committed to ongoing professional education, striving to provide her patients with the most effective care by implementing the latest in clinical education and technology. Dr. Parhizkari understands the importance of spending time with patients to counsel and educate them on their specific eye related needs.
Dr. Parhizkari is fluent in Farsi. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about different cultures through her travels, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Avani Dave, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Dr. Avani Dave received her Bachelor of Science degree with Honours from McMaster University. She then was awarded the Presidential Scholarship to attend the New England College of Optometry where she earned her Doctorate of Optometry. During her time there, Dr. Dave was an elected member of her student council board, actively volunteered in local and international vision clinics and graduated as part of the Beta Sigma Kappa National Optometric Honor Society. Her clinical training included community health centers in Boston, private practice in New Hampshire as well as the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami.
After graduating, Dr. Dave completed a residency in Cornea and Contact Lens at the New England College of Optometry. She was able to focus on specialty contact lens fitting and managing corneal disease through her training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston Foundation for Sight, Boston Medical Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. Dr. Dave became very passionate about teaching and since then, has presented at several meetings on a local and national level. She hopes to continue to merge her interest in specialty contact lens and education through giving back to her Optometric community.
Dr. Dave is a clinical faculty member at the University of Buffalo’s Ross Eye Institute. Furthermore, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is currently pursuing her Fellowship with the Scleral Lens Society. She is also a recipient of the Johnson and Johnson Vision Care Award of Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care.
Born and raised in Mississauga, Dr. Dave is fluent in Gujarati and Hindi. She thoroughly enjoys traveling, music and is a Professional Indian Classical Dancer.
Dr. John Raji, H.BSc., O.D.
Dr. John Raji (pronounced Reggie) is originally from Brampton, ON and had a strong inclination towards healthcare and the sciences. He attended McMaster University in Hamilton, ON to earn an Honours Bachelor of Science. Here he found a passion for optometry and fled that harsh winters of Canada to warmer weather in Houston, Texas. Here, Dr. Raji earned his Doctor of Optometry degree graduating with magna cum laude and as member of the Beta Sigma Kappa optometric honors society.
Dr. Raji received awards for excellence in Neuro-optometric care, and Cornea-Contact lens care. He was also interested in sports optometry and served as the National Liaison for the Sports Vision Section in the American Optometric Association. Dr. Raji published numerous articles for the website OptometryStudents.com and served as an Executive Journalist. In his fourth year he was involved in research regarding scleral lenses and the ocular surface would like to pursue some research and clinical in the field of speciality lenses and ocular surface diseases. He spent his rotations in clinics in Houston, Dallas and Austin, TX where he had experience treating an underserved population in diseases such as vascular occlusions, diabetic retinopathy, keratoconus, and glaucoma.
Returning back to Toronto, Dr. Raji is working on his Canadian license to practice optometry in Toronto. He enjoys graphic design, music and sports. He is happy to be back in Canada and looking forward to sharing his passion of optometry and healthcare where it all started for him.
Neelu Pal, BCom
Hi my name is Neelu and I am the office manager for Dr. Shalu Pal and Associates. I completed my business degreeat McMaster University and have almost a decade of experience in office management. My sister, Dr. Pal, and I started this practice together in 2009 and have been working together ever since. My role is to ensure the smooth day to day operations of the clinic and to make sure you have the best experience in the office as possible. My goal is 100% patient satisfaction! If there is ever anything I can do to help you please let me know. I love helping people look and feel their best – let’s pick some gorgeous frames and sunglasses together!
Hi I’m Sarah! I am one of the optometric assistants in the office. I am here to help in anyway that I can from greeting you on the phone, connecting via email or helping in person. I am the coordinator for Dr. Blanc’s Concussion and Vision Rehab Clinic. I also work hard to keep the office and our team members very organized. I’m always running around helping out and am happy to help you in anyway that I can. Come say hi and let me get you something to drink!
Hi my name is Stephanie and I am one of the optometric assistants in the office. I am here to help in anyway that Ican from greeting you on the phone, connecting via email or helping in person. My role is to keep the office running smoothly, on time and to make sure everyone is scheduled appropriately and is aware of their visits. Let me know if I can help you in any way.
Helya Bahmanpour, B.Sc
Hi my name is Helya and I started working for the practice as a volunteer a few years ago. I was asked to join the team and am now one of the optometric assistants helping patients during their exams with the doctors and I work closely with Dr. Pal on all of the office projects. I’m happy to help you in any way that I can. I love Optometry so much that I’ve decided to go to Optometry School next year! Wish me luck.
Parham Abtahi, LDO
Hi my name is Parham and I am one of the opticians in the office. I come from a family of many who are in the industry and have grown up in the eye care world. I’m here to provide lots of experience in choosing the right products for you to make sure you see the best. If you ever need any adjustments please don’t hesitate to ask for help. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Hi, I’m Bessy! My role at our office is project management and marketing coordinator. I work together with Dr. Pal to ensure that no project gets left behind while using my attention to detail, love for all things organized and social technology! Although you can almost always find me at my in-home office, I love to stop by the practice and see what my awesome, hard-working coworkers are up to. Let’s get social! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @DrShaluPal