Dr. Bernadette ​Osiowy

Dr. Bernadette ​Osiowy

Dr. Bernadette ​Osiowy

Message to Patients: “Your eyes are the window to your health. I love to guide my patients towards healthy choices for their vision and general health needs. Because Life is Worth Seeing!”

Born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, Dr. Bernadette ​Osiowy first ventured out of province to attend optometry school at the University of Waterloo. She graduated with her Doctor of Optometry degree in 1991. After graduation, Dr. Osiowy gained valuable experience practicing at several optometry locations in Ontario before returning West and settling in Calgary.

In 1992, Dr. Osiowy began working with our group by travelling from Calgary to our satellite location in Three Hills. From 1992 through 2006, she enjoyed providing eye care services for her Three Hills patients, as well as doing elementary school talks and eye care visits at senior care facilities in surrounding communities.

In addition to her weekly travels to Three Hills Optometry Clinic, Dr. Osiowy also began working at Health Plus Optometry in Calgary. Thoroughly enjoying both the eye care and business interests of these offices, Dr. Osiowy became a partner with the group in 1995. Dr. Osiowy helped to open South Calgary Eyecare and to acquire Sunridge Vision Centre in 2007. Together, these four clinics formed our My Optometrist Calgary group.

In 2018, we merged our two south practices (South Calgary Eyecare and Health Plus Optometry) and moved to a new location in Sunpark area of South Calgary, with our new and expanded combined location, Health First Optometry.

Children’s vision development is a special interest for Dr. Osiowy. She’s provided many years of children’s binocular vision therapy, and thoroughly enjoys treating and educating families about the importance of early vision care intervention.

She enjoys the intricacies and challenges of fitting specialty contact lenses for patients with keratoconus and other complex conditions. Dr. Osiowy also has a special interest in helping patients with chronic dry eye, a condition that affects many Albertans of all ages.

Through Canadian Vision Care (CVC), our eye care charity of choice, Dr. Osiowy has donated time and talent to both fundraising and participating in projects in Jamaica and Saint Martin. An eye care project in Malawi in 2015 involved working with Optometry students at the Mzuzu University Optometry school that was funded in part by CVC, as well as contributing to the construction of a community orphanage that has her keeping in touch with the Malawi project. In 2019, she enjoyed a project in Cambodia in which her family participated.

Dr. Osiowy and founding partner, Dr. Murphy, are married and have one son. While enjoying introducing their son to an ever-growing list of interests including skiing, hockey, lacrosse, art, and piano, Dr. Osiowy rekindled her own love of music and started taking piano lessons herself. She has since accomplished Royal Conservatory Grade six and continues to enjoy playing in her spare time. She strives to keep up with the family in biking and skiing, as well as working out at the gym.

In October of 2016, Dr. Osiowy was recognized for serving 25 years in Optometry. Whatever your vision needs may be, Dr. Osiowy is truly devoted to finding and providing the best solutions for you and your family. She enjoys seeing her returning families and sharing life’s rewards and challenges with them. She looks forward to providing many more years of vision and eye health care.

Doctor Questions and Answers

I was in high school when I got my first pair of contact lenses. I was very intrigued by the whole process, so I investigated the career choices in eye care. Ultimately I steered the remainder of my high school courses so that I could focus on science and physics before applying to University. I never steered from my dream of becoming an Eye Doctor, and even had summer jobs in Optometry clinics to gain experience for my application. 

What do you like to do for hobbies in your spare time?:

I enjoy playing piano, and have completed my grade six Royal Conservatory examination in June 2019. I continue to enjoy the challenge as I move on to my grade seven level.

I have joined the Highwood Cycling club in Okotoks, with plans to ride over 50km per week. I participated in the Multiple Sclerosis charity bike ride that covers 185km over two days round trip from Airdrie to Olds. This way I get the exercise and the upside of fundraising for a great charity.

I also mountain bike with our son, and still enjoy downhill skiing (although I am becoming outpaced on both skills by our 12 year old!)

I love fitness, going to the gym, and doing yoga.

I am an avid Sport Mom, supporting and volunteering for Hockey and Lacrosse!

Fortunately I have continued to thoroughly enjoy the combination of being an Optometrist, and the added bonus of running a business. My chosen career has evolved and been a great match for my interests. 

I look forward to being involved in future advances in eyecare, participating in  implementing the newest technology and services, all the while enjoying the family feeling of caring for our business.

I certainly like some good oldies that have memories from watching as a child- Gone With the Wind, Wizard of Oz, and even Elvis movies, and have carried on the love of watching movies now with my son.

We enjoy Harry Potter movies together, and adventure and real life stories about other countries and interesting  personal feats and challenges.

Well I’d first have to admit that Chocolate and Ice Cream are favourites!!  But, I do love to cook, and enjoy learning about many different cooking styles. I’d say Italian is a favorite, with Spanish and Thai following close behind. 

Healthy nutrition choices in daily meal planning is a big focus as well.

I have been blessed to travel to see family in Australia, and for Eye care projects to Africa & Cambodia. The opportunity to see lifestyles of the people in these countries, and the happiness and energy within those communities, even when it seems like they are living with less, gives one lots to reflect upon. 

As for next adventures, my goal this year is to enjoy Alberta and BC with cycling, mountain biking, and hiking with my family. I plan to experience the adventures as if I was seeing it from a traveller’s view from another country. We have so much to enjoy right in our own backyard!

Hmmm, I feel like I keep experiencing things that are filling my bucket as I go!

That I love to keep busy, but balanced, in my pursuit of Health, Happiness and Shared Experiences with my work family, and my home family. 

I have lots of energy to enjoy all these things, and plan to be practicing at Health First Optometry for many years to come.

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