Dr. Erin McLeod O.D.
Born and raised in Quispamsis NB, Dr. McLeod is the oldest in a family of three, with two sisters, who are twins and only sixteen months younger. One sister is also an optometrist who practices in Edmonton, Alberta.
She laughs to admit that her first eye exam wasn’t until high school when she couldn’t see the board. “I know it’s something that everyone who wears glasses for distance can relate to..I was AMAZED at how clear the world looked through that first pair of glasses. I could see leaves on trees, the freckles on a teacher’s face..and I absolutely love being able to give that same experience to other people now. I also wish I had known at the time how important it is for all young people, beginning in early childhood, to see an optometrist regularly, regardless of how well it seems they can see. So much of early learning is visual, and clear, comfortable eyesight is critical.”
In 2006, Dr. McLeod began her practice as an associate in Brampton and lived in Toronto for the first few years out of school, but admits the Maritimes have always been home. She made the move back to New Brunswick in 2008 and worked as an associate at several practices before establishing her own independent practice in 2011. She absolutely loved her time there there and initially began with the intent of staying until retirement. However in early 2014 she began thinking about making the move to the Halifax area as her partner Aaron (yes - they have the same name!), a firefighter, and his children reside in Hammonds Plains, and it was getting difficult to work in one province when her heart was in another! She then began looking for a place where she could establish a new practice for herself that aligned with her goals and values and found a perfect fit at Bedford Eye Care. She is immensely enjoying her time with the practice’s team of motivated and inspirational individuals, and joined the team July 2014.
Dr. McLeod spends her free time with her family, enjoys traveling and is not afraid of a challenge. In 2011, she flew to Nepal on her own to trek to Everest Base Camp. She next hopes to summit Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Dr. McLeod completed her Honors B.Sc in Biology with a minor in psychology from UNB in Fredericton in 2002. She then went on to complete the competitive four-year Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo from 2002-2006, graduating on the Dean’s list. During her time attending UNB she worked in several research labs - mainly focusing on the areas of endocrinology and ecotoxicology. During her time attending Waterloo she worked with the Centre for Sight Enhancement, focusing on work that had both implications for military use, as well as helping those with low vision.
Dr. McLeod began practicing Optometry in Brampton, Ontario in 2006. During her time there she also worked as a clinical assessor for the International Optometric Bridging Program, helping internationally trained ophthalmologists and optometrists bridge the gap in their transition to beginning practice in Canada. She also trained clinical interns from the University of Waterloo. From 2008-2011 she practiced in Saint John, New Brunswick as an associate at several practices before establishing her own independent private practice in Sussex in 2011, where she remained for three years. She joined the team at Bedford Eye Care in July 2014, and is immensely enjoying her time there. Her areas of specific interest include pediatrics and children’s vision, contact lenses and refractive surgery and is she affiliated with TLC.
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Undergraduate Student Research Award
New Brunswick Association of Optometrists Scholarship
David J Kerko Low Vision Award
Vistakon Award for Excellence in Contact Lens Patient Care
During her time in New Brunswick Dr. McLeod co-chaired the New Brunswick Association’s AGM Committee in 2009 along with her sister. She also sat on the province’s Negotiations Committee from 2012 to 2014 and was the chair of the Board of Examiners until moving to Nova Scotia.