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Top 40 Under 40 finalist Jennifer Wilczek

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2018/19 Top 40 Under 40 finalist – Jennifer Wilczek

Jennifer Wilczek
Optometrist
Parker Optometry
Age: 35

Dr. Jennifer Wilczek was born and raised in Prince George. After graduating from Duchess Park, she began her post-secondary education at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) before transferring to the University of British Columbia (UBC) to complete her Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences. She went on to study Optometry at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. After graduating with her doctorate in Optometry, she returned home to Prince George and joined the eye care team at Parker Optometry in 2010. Although Dr. Wilczek treats patients of all ages, she is exceptionally talented in working with children, including those who are nervous about their first eye exam. Dr. Wilczek ensures all patients get the best visual care to meet their daily needs. She is knowledgeable and comfortable in discussing contact lenses, laser vision correction as well as various diseases that affect the eyes, including diabetes, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

In 2011, Dr. Wilczek published a research paper featuring a NIKE product used to measure visual performance skills in athletes. Dr. Wilczek is very involved in the community, having been a board director for Integris Credit Union since 2014 and, currently serves as the secretary of the executive committee and the governance/conduct review committee. 

“I love being an optometrist,” Jennifer says. “I enjoy seeing a variety of patients throughout the day from very young to seniors and doing routine eye exams to complex medical issues. I feel blessed that I was able to come back to work in Prince George, near my friends and family. We have a great community, and I am excited to be a part of its future.”

Dr. Wilczek is passionate about sharing her knowledge about eye care.  She volunteers her time as a presenter at the Diabetic Walk and Talk to educate the public on the importance of eye health and blood sugar control. She has presented for CKPG health news on topics related to eye health. Additionally, Dr. Wilczek mentors undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in optometry by giving them the opportunity to observe clinical practice and ask questions. Three such students have since been admitted to optometry school.

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