Meet the Team

Meet the team behind the trusted eyecare services in Red Deer’s Eyewear Experts. Contact us today for more information.

Philip C Ripley

Philip C Ripley

R.O R.C.LP

I started in the optical industry in Lethbridge in 1978, beginning my career with Imperial Optical manufacturing lenses. In 1982, I moved to Expert Edging and expanded my optical manufacturing knowledge. Several years later, I was recruited by Tech Cite, one of Alberta’s largest lens manufacturing labs. Several years later, I moved into the retail aspect, obtaining my certification in eyeglass dispensing, contact lens fitting and eye testing. I also worked in the refractive surgery industry. Currently, I enjoy being the owner and operator of Eyewear Experts and working with my great staff!

Angie Ehrler

Angie Ehrler

Optical Assistant

I started my interests with my prior 2 years’ experience doing pre-testing in the ophthalmology field. For the last year, I have also been doing the pre-tests with our patients at Eyewear Experts. I also enjoy helping customers select frames and lenses that suit their own personal look and needs.
I love being a part of the Eyewear Experts family.

Amanda Slaght

Amanda Slaght

Registered Optician

I started in the optical industry in early 2009, beginning my career with Sears optical working as a part-time sales associate. Taking an interest in optics I decided to expand my knowledge by entering into my Optical Sciences diploma through NAIT. Completing the course in June 2011, I became a licensed registered Optician. With the closure of Sears, I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to have continued my career with such an amazing, family-orientated group of experienced people. It is refreshing to be a part of a team that genuinely cares about its staff and customers’ needs.

Hugo Diaz

Hugo Diaz

Lab Manager 

I am a Spanish-speaking Lab Manager  who has been in the optical industry since 2015. I have experience in the store and lab. I have always been keen on sales, when I was 11 years old I used to sell food in the streets of Ecuador to help my family. I’m passionate about the needs and goals of our patients. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping and fishing.

Melissa Stone

Melissa Stone

Admin & Optical Assistant

I’m an ophthalmic assistant here at Eyewear Experts. I’ve been in the industry since 2015, and have a wide variety of skills from administrative to pretesting and working with patients. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. The best part about my job is being a part of such a great team.

Kayleigh Whiteside

Kayleigh Whiteside

Registered Optician

I’ve been in this amazing industry since 2009. I’ve started working in the lab, then went out helping patients and got hooked. In my many years of practice I worked beside, the best opticians, optometrist and frame consultants. It was then in 2016 I decided to take my schooling with NAIT and even ended up in the honor role. I also enjoy spending time with family, friends, having fun in life.

Lisa McAuley-Gigliotti

Lisa McAuley-Gigliotti

Registered Optician

I began my Optical career in 1994. In my optical career I’ve worked at different opticals as a licensed optician from Alberta to Nova Scotia. Settling back in Alberta, I was at Sears optical for several years and am so happy to find a close family group to join here at Eyewear Experts.

Kristen Black-White

Kristen Black-White

Registered Optician

I began my optical career in 2007 and graduated the NAIT Optical Sciences program and passed the NACOR exam to become a Licensed Optician in 2009. Throughout my career as an Optician l have had the opportunity to be involved in providing stellar vision to our patients, to see the advancement of lens technologies and also to be at the forefront as fashion and trends evolve and change. Providing guidance during the selection process to help someone find the perfect pair of frames and lenses is one the best parts of my profession.

 

I am immensely grateful to have been given the opportunity to join this amazing group of professionals. Being able to tell people that I work at Eyewear Experts because I am an eyewear expert is just a little bonus.

Nicolis Gigliotti

Nicolis Gigliotti

Registered Optician

I started in the Optical industry in August 2015 as a recommendation from my inspiration, my mother Lisa. I started my optician schooling as soon as I started in the business and achieved honors through both years. I am also a self-taught Graphic Designer who’s been doing Graphic Design since 2011. I’m happy to be working with my friends and family here at Eyewear Experts!

Welcome to our new Eyewear Experts members coming soon !

Contact Information

Address: 4924 59 ST, Red Deer,
AB, T4N 2N1


Phone: 403-347-7889

Fax: 403-347-7724

Hours

 

Monday to Friday - 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Saturday - 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Sunday - Closed

Service Areas

Red Deer and surrounding areas

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