Excellent Patient Care Will Always Be Our Focus
Patient education is the best way to preserve eye health. It is our goal to ensure that you are given a thorough and informative examination so that we can work together to maintain optimal eyesight for years to come.
DR. STEPHANIE STRAWN, OD • OWNER
Strawn & Co. Optometry was originally founded as Stickle & Strawn Optometry in 2014 by Dr. Marc Stickle and Dr. Stephanie Strawn. After Dr. Stickle’s retirement from practice in 2018, the name was changed to Strawn & Co. Optometry.
Today Dr. Stephanie Strawn, and her associates Dr. Karli Kilkus and Dr. Lisa Zhang, continue to provide the highest quality of ocular health and vision care to the community.
“My husband and I have been going to see Dr. Stephanie Strawn at Strawn & Co. for many years now. We are so happy she opened her practice here in West Kelowna. Dr. Strawn is a really great Optometrist. She provides such excellent care and we feel very comfortable knowing our vision care is in such capable and expert hands. Our visits with her are always, warm, friendly and thorough. She takes the time to go through the test results and we totally trust her judgment and recommendations. As well, ALL the staff at Strawn & Co. are amazing and so warm and welcoming. The Receptionists give you their undivided attention either when talking with you on the phone or in person when you arrive for your appointment. The Opticians are also awesome. I recently met with Carol who was so knowledgeable and helpful as I selected my new glasses.
The atmosphere at Strawn & Co. is just the best! They have the most up-to-date testing equipment as well!”
Meet The Team
Stephanie was born and raised in the small town of Canmore, Alberta. She completed undergraduate work at the University of Lethbridge prior to graduating with honors from the University of Waterloo in 2007 as a Doctor of Optometry. Since then she has worked with multiple practices in the Okanagan, including Vivid Laser Center where she spent many years providing surgical consultations and post operative management with the interior’s only corneal specialist, Dr. Ron Baldassare. Today she is proud to the be the sole owner of her own practice in West Kelowna. Educating patients, and the community, about eye health is her passion.
Outside work, Stephanie is an avid traveller and foodie. She loves morning hikes, spending time with family and friends, and living in the beautiful Okanagan.
Karli grew up in Kelowna and chose to stay close to home to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. She graduated with an honours degree in Environmental Chemistry and worked at the University as an analytical chemist. Karli then returned to school and received her Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 2017, graduating on the Dean’s Honour List. Karli has a special interest in ocular disease and is committed to ongoing professional education to provide the most current and effective care to her patients. She is especially passionate about educating patients on eye diseases and ocular function.
Outside of optometry, Karli enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, their sons James and Edwin and their golden doodle, Kevin. They enjoy all of the activities that the Okanagan offers, especially golfing and snowboarding.
From Ottawa, ON, Dr. Lisa Zhang completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Ophthalmic Medical Technology at the University of Ottawa and graduated suma cum laude. She went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo, graduating with academic distinction. Dr. Zhang was awarded the Monahan Memorial Scholarship and Alcon Case Report Award for academic excellence and her knowledge in specialty contact lens. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Jim Kalbfeisch Award and Dr. Margaret Hansen des Groseilliers Award for her community and leadership activities. Dr. Zhang is passionate about providing access to eye care for all communities, having spent her summers caring for remote communities in Northern Ontario through the CNIB Eye Van and completing a mission trip to Haiti.
During her free time, Dr. Zhang likes to hike, row, and try new foods – she would love to hear your hike recommendations! Dr. Zhang is proud to join Strawn & Co. Optometry in serving the West Kelowna community.
★★★★★ Highly recommended! Great staff and caring doctors.
★★★★★ 5 stars in every way!!
★★★★★ Friendly staff and great service! Highly recommend.