Dr. Karley Guse
Dr. Guse first began practicing in Spruce Grove in 2012 and is excited to be able to open The Grove Optometry. She has always had a vision of creating a space that not only provides patients with exceptional vision care, but also a space where every patient immediately feels welcomed and knows they will be well taken care of.
Originally from Manitoba, she studied at the University of Manitoba and graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Science Degree. She continued on to complete her Doctor of Optometry Degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating on the Dean’s Honours list.
During her optometric training she was fortunate enough to extern at a number of different optometric practices across Canada as well as complete an ocular disease rotation at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centre in Lexington, Kentucky. This externship focused on the treatment and management of various ocular diseases including anterior segment disorders, dry eye, retinal disease, glaucoma as well as pre- and post-operative care for cataract surgery.
Dr. Guse has always been very passionate about eye care and promoting the importance of eye health which she has done through community programs here in Alberta and Spruce Grove. She has also participated in a voluntary eye care mission in northern Peru where she was able to provide eye care to those who would not normally be able to afford or have access to it.
When not at work, she is busy spending time with her family. She and her husband have two young children – born in 2017 and 2020. As a family, they enjoy spending lots of time outdoors, especially taking many trips to the mountains.
Dr. Guse looks forward to continuing to provide exceptional eye care to all her current patients as well as welcoming new patients from Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and surrounding communities.
Gina – Optician
Gina was born and raised in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland where she took an interest in the eye business, during a summer student position after graduating high school. She enrolled in the program in 1991 at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario. She graduated (on the Deans List) with honours in 1993, remaining 7 years to gain experience in Newmarket, Ontario. In 1999 she moved back to the Maritimes to be closer to family and was presented an opportunity to manage a retail optical store, remaining for several years in Nova Scotia. Including management she also dabbled in regional management when she was recruited for a Contact Lens fitting position in a large practice in Halifax. This is where she found her niche working closely with patients and doctors. Her passion is to help people with their vision with glasses and/or contact lenses including training patients on contact lenses. Further to training patients she also enjoys training & teaching new employees about the optical world.
In 2012 she reconnected through social media with her now spouse Billy of 8 years who she met in 1991 through a national 5-pin bowling tournament in Edmonton representing Newfoundland. She remembers the long letters written back and forth for many years. They reside in Spruce Grove and Gina takes pride in helping Billy raise his daughter.
Outside of when she’s at work, Gina enjoys nature and all sports such as karate, bowling, curling, baseball (although most are just watching nowadays!). She loves to garden in summer and taking long walks (on beaches where possible) as well as star gaze by a warm fire. In her spare time she likes to be creative with many different types of crafts including collecting seaglass, seashells and driftwood however in Alberta its been creating macrame items and wall tapestries. She loves to explore new restaurants for a great meal but lately its been exploring cooking at home making new recipes.