Meet our doctors

Dr. Gail Tanner

I am now in my 40th year of optometric practice in Petrolia, Ontario – Canada’s Victorian Oil Town. It has been a fantastic place to raise a family, build a business and to be involved in the community. As technology and the world around us changes, the examination by your family optometrist has also changed. Electronic medical records, desktop computers, digital retinal photography, electronic refracting equipment, and automated visual field testing were “Star Trek” fantasies when I graduated from Optometry school! The philosophy of optometry has not changed, however. Listening to our patients and recommending treatments or devices to obtain the best possible outcome for their eye health and vision correction is still what we do. Only the tools have changed. As a Doctor of Optometry, part of my commitment to my patients is ongoing professional education. Since graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1980, and upgrading to Therapeutic Management of Ocular Disease certification in 1996, I have continued to upgrade my knowledge and skills through continuing education courses and professional journal study. Optometry still fascinates me. After office hours:

  • Married to Bob Tanner (a “Hard Oiler”) since 1983, and parent to two more “Hard Oilers”, Mary and Carol, their husbands and their cats
  • Joined Petrolia Lioness Club in 1984, transferred to Petrolia Lions Club in 2000, served as 2013-2014 club president, currently the club treasurer.
  • Chair member (and occasional pianist) St. Paul’s United Church, Petrolia.
  • Chairperson, “Eyes Right” – the District A-1 Lions Sight Conservation Foundation. Member of Sarnia-Lambton CNIB Advisory Board. Past Chair of Victoria Playhouse Petrolia committee.
  • Rayjon Share Care eyeglass clinic team member: Guatemala 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2018, El Salvador 2008, Honduras 2009, Belize 2011, 2016, Dominican Republic 2012, 2015, 2017.
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