Dr. Susan Matthews O.D.
Dr. Matthews was born and raised in Gander, Newfoundland where her parents and only brother are still living. She knew that she wanted to pursue a career in the health field at a young age coming from a family that was always health oriented with her father being a family physician and mother a nurse and genetic counselor. She got her first pair of glasses at the age of 5 and her yearly visits to the optometrist at such a young age is what sparked her interest in the field. After graduating from high school she spent most of her summers working at a local optometry clinic where she gained valuable experience before being accepted to the University of Waterloo Optometry program.
After finishing her program in April, 2016 Dr. Matthews couldn’t wait to make her way back to the east coast and decided to settle in Halifax. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with such a great group at Bedford Eye Care and is looking forward to helping the practice grow.
In her spare time Dr. Matthews enjoys reading, movies, watching as well as playing many sports, traveling and anything that allows her to get outside and enjoy the beautiful HRM.
Dr. Matthews completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2011 and then went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2016 on the Dean’s honor list. She continued to work at her home town optometrists office during her summer vacations and was a part of several University societies throughout her time in Waterloo, including the student Lion’s club where she helped raise money to provide seeing eye dogs to the visually impaired
As part of her training at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Matthews completed several externships, including one in Pinellas Park, Florida at a comprehensive eye care practice, where she spent four months working alongside retinal, glaucoma, cataract and oculoplastic specialists. She also completed primary care externships in Dartmouth as well as Saint John, New Brunswick.