Dr. Courtney Kennedy, BHSc (hon), O.D.
Dr. Kennedy works Tuesdays to Saturdays in our Stonebridge location and Mondays in our Lawson Heights location! Dr. Courtney Kennedy was born and raised in Saskatoon and attended the University of Calgary where she completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree (with honours) in Biomedical Sciences. She then finished her Optometry degree (with honours) at the University of Waterloo in 2014 and decided to return home to Saskatoon to practice Optometry.
In April 2015, Dr. Kennedy opened Kennedy Eye Clinic’s first location inside Factory Optical in Stonebridge and in April 2018, she was very fortunate to have the opportunity to open a second location inside Lawson Heights Mall. Dr. Kennedy is passionate about supporting local businesses in Saskatoon as well as operating two independent locally owned businesses. Having two clinics has been an honour and privilege for her and allows her to continue serving her patients and their needs all across Saskatoon.
In 2018, Dr. Kennedy was chosen as Johnson & Johnson’s Top 40 Under 40 Optometrists in Canada. She went to Toronto several times to learn from leading experts in Optometry and Google on how to be the best practitioner and business owner possible. In her final year of Optometry School, Dr. Kennedy interned at the St. Albans Veterans Affairs Hospital in NYC where she specialized in Ocular Disease and Therapeutics, and she then went on to intern in different cities in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Ontario. Dr. Kennedy also has a passion for leadership activities, volunteering and travelling. While in Optometry School, Dr. Kennedy was the Executive Vice-President of the University of Waterloo Optometry Student Society, the President of the Lions Club, as well as chairing multiple committees during all 4 years of school.
Since 2010, she has always volunteered with local humane societies and is currently volunteering with the Saskatoon SPCA. Dr. Kennedy has also been fortunate enough to go on several mission trips to Peru, Thailand and the Philippines and plans to go on many more in the future! In her spare time, Dr. Kennedy enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the lake and mountains and also loves to travel every chance she gets.
Dr. Kennedy is passionate about doing eye exams on people of all ages, treating dry eye disease, doing contact lens fits, managing and co-managing ocular pathology cases as well as providing exceptional top quality eye care to all her patients. She loves meeting and interacting with people of all ages and is welcoming all new patients to her practice!
Dr. Brandon Prete
Dr. Prete works in both of our locations but can usually be found at our Lawson Heights location for one evening and one Saturday a month! Dr. Prete completed his Bachelor of Science - Honours Physiology at the U of S and went on to finish his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo in 2014. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a world-renown professional practice association dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of eye care.
Dr. Prete sees all patients from children to the elderly and has a special interest in diseases of the eye and visual system. This led him to pursue post-graduate residency training the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area in sunny South Florida at the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry. In addition to teaching at Nova Southeastern University’s The Eye Care Institute, he practiced in various services specialized in the management of glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic disease, ocular oncology, diseases of the retina and vitreous, and corneal and refractive surgery. He has published multiple scientific papers and often presents at optometry conferences across Canada and the USA.
Outside of his professional practice, Dr. Prete stays active through CrossFit, yoga, and 10-pin Bowling. As a former Canada Winter Games medallist in figure skating, Dr. Prete remains connected to the sport. Throughout the winter you’ll find him at the rink officiating at skating competitions all over the province.
Dr. Jasmine Yakubowski
Dr. Yakubowski will be working exclusively at our Lawson Heights location on either Friday or Saturdays! Dr. Yakubowski was born in Saskatoon and raised on an acreage near Dalmeny, SK. She attended the University of Saskatchewan where she completed a Bachelor of Science (with high honours) in Biology and published a research paper in Neuroethology. She went on to complete her Doctor of Optometry degree with honours from the University of Waterloo in 2019.
Dr. Yakubowski completed externships at Parkland Health and Hospital in Dallas, TX and private eyecare clinics in Victoria, BC and Red Deer, AB. She has performed volunteer optometric care in Haiti with the non-profit organization VOSH. Dr. Yakubowski was president of the UW Sports Vision Club and assisted with performance enhancement vision therapy and Paralympic vision screenings. Dr. Yakubowski also has a special interest in Low Vision rehabilitation.
Dr. Yakubowski has a passion for all things sports and travelling. She enjoys hiking, softball, volleyball, horseback riding and spending time with family. She is excited to join the Kennedy Eye Clinic team!
Dr. Anna Matiko
Dr. Matiko will be working exclusively at our Lawson Heights location on Tuesdays! Dr. Matiko was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Saskatchewan, completing a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy and Cell Biology. After, she moved to Chicago to complete her Doctorate of Optometry at the Illinois College of Optometry. There she graduated in 2012 with great distinction.
During the last year of Dr. Matiko’s optometric degree, she worked at Vision Care of Maine, the University of Melbourne, James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, and the Illinois Eye Institute. She experienced a variety of practice modalities and increased her knowledge in ocular disease, contact lenses, and pediatric eye care. Dr. Matiko is committed to being a life-long learner and is always trying to expand her knowledge base.
In her spare time, Dr. Matiko can be found at the gym, trying a new recipe at home, or fishing with her husband, Sheldon. She has a sense of adventure and likes to travel. Dr. Matiko enjoys working with patients of all ages and is excited to be part of the team at Kennedy Eye Care.