Dr. Hobson was born and raised in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. He attended Rudolph Hennig Elementary School before transferring to Ardrossan Jr./Sr. High School’s French Immersion program.
He went to the University of Alberta before transferring to the University of Waterloo, where he received an Honors Undergraduate degree in Science. Dr. Hobson also received a doctorate degree from the University of Waterloo’s School of Optometry.
In 2012, he became the Lead Optometrist at Family Vision Care where he took over from Dr. Geoff Marsh after his retirement. In May 2015 Dr. Hobson joined up with Optician Kelly Reil to create Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare. Together, their hope is to offer exceptional eyecare services to patients living in Fort Saskatchewan and the surrounding communities.
Outside of the clinic, Dr. Hobson’s interests include playing both court and beach volleyball with his wife Jen, hiking with his dogs Kevin and George and boating in the summer months. He is currently involved in organizations such as Optometry Giving Sight, Fort Sasktchewan Rotary, the local Chamber of Commerce and the Edmonton Volleyball Association.
Dr. Hobson welcomes new appointments and looks forward to seeing you!
Dr. Sara Starko loves practicing in Fort Saskatchewan, a city that is dear to her heart. As a descendant of the Lamoureux family, Dr. Starko grew up on a farm across the river. She attended Our Lady of Angels Elementary School and John Paul II High School. Dr. Starko then moved on to Grant MacEwan University where she and a friend founded the Grant MacEwan Pre-Optometry club.
Because optometry has been her life-long passion, Dr. Starko went on to receive numerous awards and recognition during her training at the Illinois College of Optometry. She was the Vice President of the Gold Key Honor Society and President of the Private Practice Club, wherein she was awarded the Preston Cup as voted on by club leaders from all optometry institutions in America. Despite her many leadership awards, she feels that her greatest accomplishment as a student was running the Chicago Marathon with her mom, Trish Davies.
Fort Saskatchewan has always been home for Dr. Starko and her husband Brayden Starko. Dr. Starko is thrilled to give back to the community that had raised her through involvement with the Rotary Club and the Fort Saskatchewan Community Band.
When Dr. Starko is not seeing patients, she enjoys water sports, hiking, running, playing the saxophone, and yoga. In the winter months she can be found in the mountains of Sicamous, BC snowmobiling with friends and family.
Dr Shanine Lafreniere was born and raised in the small community of Mallaig, approximately 170 km northeast of Fort Saskatchewan. She attended the University of Alberta for her undergraduate studies, then completed her Doctor of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo in 2008, graduating with honours.
Immediately after graduation, she moved to British Columbia where her husband was posted with the RCMP. She began practicing in Delta, BC where she developed a keen interest in ocular disease and pediatrics, as well as a passion for incorporating new technology into the provision of eye care. She was the practice ambassador for the a-b-see program, and visited many preschools in the Surrey-Delta area to educate parents and teachers on the importance of early eye exams in children. She was a member of the British Columbia Association of Optometrists and the College of Optometrists of British Columbia.
A transfer with the RCMP in 2013 finally brought Dr Lafreniere and her family back to Northeastern Alberta, and they are thrilled to be part of Fort Saskatchewan’s vibrant, growing community. In her spare time (which is virtually non-existent as a busy mom of four young children) she enjoys cooking, playing slow pitch, watching curling and baseball, and going camping with her family. She is very proud to be part of the Fort Saskatchewan Eyecare team, and looks forward to serving the community and surrounding areas.