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Dr. Toby Mandelman OD.

Dr. Toby Mandelman


Dr. Mandelman was born in Toronto in 1958. Her parents, including her older brother Bill still reside in the Toronto area. In fact just about all of her relatives reside in the Toronto area! She moved to Nova Scotia in 1983 after graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry program. "I chose to practice my first year in Nova Scotia because I wanted to experience the ocean and it wasn't too far from my relatives. As it turns out, it's been a long year!"

Dr. Mandelman is proud of her accomplishments at school as she won numerous awards and was the first woman and the first Optometry student to win the University Gold Medal in Science.

She opened her own office in Bedford in 1987 in the Sun Tower. The office was relocated and expanded to an office in Sunnyside Mall in 1992. In 2012, the office expanded once again and relocated to Duke St. in Bedford.

In 1988 she was married to Dr. Paul Gray of Halifax. Paul is also an optometrist and practices in downtown Halifax. Yes...they do see eye to eye!

Dr. Mandelman has been very involved with the Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists and has chaired various committees as well as serving as President. She also sat on a number of CNIB boards on a volunteer basis both provincially and nationally. She participated in a project in Trinidad to provide free eye care to those less fortunate.

On a personal note, Paul and Toby do not have any children, but they do have two very spoiled cats.

After recuperating from major back surgery in 2003, Toby enjoys sailing, skiing, and golf for recreational activities.


After finishing two years of post secondary education at the University of Toronto in 1978 and 1979, Dr. Mandelman completed the four-year Optometry program at the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1983 with a Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) In 1998, she successfully completed a 100 hour therapeutic drug course provided by the Pennsylvania College of Optometry.

In 2014 and beyond, Dr. Mandelman attended various courses to be able to expand her scope of practice to include the treatment of patients with mild Traumatic Brain Injury who suffer from Post Trauma Vision Syndrome.

Prizes & Scholarships

In 1983, her final year of Optometry School, Dr. Mandelman was the recipient of the following awards:

  • The Essilor Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence in Optics.
  • The Bausch and Lomb Optical Soflens Division Outstanding Achievement Award in Contact Lenses.
  • The William Feinbloom Low Vision Award.
  • The E.F. Attridge Prize for Highest Achievement in Pathology.
  • The General Proficiency Medal
  • The Percy Hermant General Proficiency Medal
  • The University of Waterloo Gold Medal in Science


While in Optometry School, Dr. Mandelman published studies on the human lens, the effects of renal failure on the eye and the prescription of special lenses for visually impaired patients.

Work History

Dr. Mandelman moved to Nova Scotia in 1983 and began practicing as an optometrist in the employ of Dr. I.A.. Mendleson. In 1984, she joined Dr. J.E. Ray in partnership in the Bedford Professional Center. Dr. Mandelman began her own practice of optometry in 1987 in the Sun Tower in Bedford. In 1992, she expanded her office and relocated to the Mezzanine level of Sunnyside Mall. In 2012, the office was expanded once again and moved to Duke St. in Bedford. She currently practices optometry with Dr Cox, who joined her in 1998, Dr. Sheppard who joined the practice in 2012 and Dr. Erin McLeod, who joined her in 2015, 

Dr. Mandelman's areas of specialty are Low Vision (the provision of magnifying devices for the visually impaired), Contact Lenses, Dry Eye Management, Traumatic Brain Injury and Laser Vision Correction.

Requests for Professional Expertise

Dr. Mandelman has performed clinical studies for CIBA Vision evaluating contact lens care systems and comparing two different brands of single-use contact lenses, which were subsequently published.

In 1995, Dr. Mandelman was asked to participate in a published round-table discussion on Macular Degeneration sponsored by CIBA Vision.

She has served as Soft Contact Lens Editor for the journal, Practical Optometry and has published articles on diabetes and digital imaging in this publication.

Dr. Mandelman is an advisor for Bausch and Lomb Canada, sits on a dry eye advisory panel for Allergan and is part of a multidisciplinary Traumatic Brain Injury team in Nova Scotia.

Professional Involvement

Dr. Mandelman has been actively involved with the N.S.A.O. (Nova Scotia Association of Optometrists)

She has sat on the executive of the N.S.A.O and served as Vice President, Secretary-Treasurer, President and Past President.

Dr. Mandelman has chaired the Continuing Education Committee in the past and the Scope of Practice Committee as well as the Low Vision Committee. She currently participates in the Government Negotiating Committee.

Dr. Mandelman has also donated her time to sit on various committees of the C.N.I.B. (Canadian National Institute for the Blind)

In 1997, Dr. Mandelman was asked to chair the Advisory Board for TLC Atlantic (The Laser Center).