Our Team

Dr. Sara Starko

Optometrist/Owner

Dr. Michael Yau

Optometrist

Taylor

Office Manager

"Taylor was raised on an acreage outside of Edmonton where she attended Ardrossan Junior Senior High School. Growing up in an agriculture based family she has stayed close to her roots. Taylor competes in barrel racing with her 4 horses and dabbles in team roping.

Taylor has since moved to the Thorsby area and in her off time she enjoys spending time with her dog Tuff, doing yoga, and hanging out with friends.

Taylor has been with Countryside Vision Care since day 1 and is currently training to be a licensed optician"

Abtin

Optician

"Abtin moved from Iran in 2004 with his wife. They now reside in Edmonton where his son attends Jr. High. Abtin graduated from Tehrani University with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Husbandry before moving to Canada and deciding to pursue a different path. Abtin graduated from NAIT in 2012 as a Licensed Optician.

When Abtin is not in the office he enjoys skiing, hiking, watching movies with family and friends, and he also has a green belt in Taekwondo!"

"Dr. Sara Starko is ecstatic that her clinic is part of the Calmar community. Dr. Starko chose to open her practice in Calmar as she is the niece of Dr. Grant Davies and Dr. Nhung Tran-Davies. Dr. Starko grew up on a farm outside of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. She went through the catholic school system in Fort Saskatchewan then moved on to Grant MacEwan University where she and a friend founded the Grant MacEwan Pre-Optometry club.

Because optometry has been her life-long passion, Dr. Starko went on to receive numerous awards and recognition during her training at the Illinois College of Optometry. She was the Vice President of the Gold Key Honor Society and President of the Private Practice Club, wherein she was awarded the Preston Cup as voted on by club leaders from all optometry institutions in America. Recently, Dr. Starko was awarded the Leduc Chamber of Commerce 2019 "Young Business Leader of the Year" which can be seen on display at Countryside Vision Care.  Despite her many leadership awards, she feels that her greatest accomplishment as a student was running the Chicago Marathon with her mom, Trish Davies.

Dr. Starko strongly believes in being active and supporting the community in every way she can. She is a member of Leduc Chamber of Commerce, BNI Black Gold, and Rotary International. 
When Dr. Starko is not seeing patients, she enjoys water sports, hiking, running, playing the saxophone, and yoga. In the winter months she can be found in the mountains of Sicamous, BC snowmobiling with friends and family."

"Dr. Yau was born and raised in Edmonton and  graduated in 2019 from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Illinois with a Bachelor of Vision Science and Doctor of Optometry. His focus on evidence-based medical Optometry was developed through his various placements in the United States - Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan and Illinois. He had the opportunity to provide quality eye care for a wide variety of populations. Upon graduation, he began his Optometry career throughout the Vancouver area and Kelowna. 

 

Dr. Yau is a member of the Alberta, British Columbia, Canadian and American Optometric Associations. He is also licensed in a variety of states in the United States. During his time in optometry school, he travelled to Honduras for a mission trip. There, he provided eye examinations for underserved populations. Being of service to others is at the forefront of his Optometry care in connecting with his community.

Dr. Yau has returned to Alberta to be part of Countryside Vision Care’s team. He looks forward to helping all patients with their eye care needs."

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