Dr. G. Keith Letts O.D., F.A.A.O.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 1970, Dr. Keith Letts joined Dr Elwood Spearman’s practice at the Killarney Optometric Centre. After Dr. Spearman retired, Dr. Letts took over ownership of The Optometric Centre, and is currently practicing with Dr. Candace DeCock and Dr. Dustin McGill. He has served on the MAO (Manitoba Association of Optometrists) executive council, is a past president (1980 - 81) of the M.A.O., and served as a representative on the board for the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
Dr. Letts has overseen many changes with his business throughout the years including renovations and expansions to the current location as well as a satellite office in Melita for several years.
Dr. Letts and his wife (Linda) raised both their children in Killarney and now enjoy tending to their flower gardens and volunteering for their church. Dr. Letts has also won awards throughout the province for his bird carvings. Many of his carvings are on display throughout the Optometric Centre.
Although Dr. Letts sold the practise to Dr. DeCock and Dr. McGill in 2014, he continues to practise optometry with them. He does, however, find a little more time to work on his golf game now.
Dr. Candace DeCock O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.
Dr. DeCock joined the Optometric Centre in August 2009. Dr DeCock graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2005. In 2009, she completed her Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Vision Science degrees at The Ohio State University. Upon graduation, the Award of Excellence in Vision Training was presented to Dr. DeCock by The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. DeCock obtained her fellowship with the American Academy of Optometry in 2013
As well as practicing full scope optometry and implementing vision training programs for children requiring vision therapy, Dr. DeCock is a member of the COVD (College of Optometrists in Vision Development) and the OEP (Optometric Extension Program). These are two organizations involved in vision therapy education. DeCock is also offering low vision therapy assessments, training and products for patients who have visual impairment caused by disease (macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and glaucoma). These are impairments that often can’t be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses alone.
Dr. DeCock and her husband (Andrew) have three children, two sons and a daughter. They are happy to be raising them in the community where Andrew grew up.
Dr. Dustin McGill O.D.
Dr. Dustin McGill grew up on a small farm near Killarney. He attended high school in Killarney and earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Brandon University. Dustin then continued his studies at Indiana University School of Optometry and graduated in May of 2012.
During his four years in Indiana, Dustin earned awards from Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honour Society for academics and the Gold Key International Optometric Honour Society for outstanding leadership and service as President of the Indiana University Optometric Student Association.
Throughout Dustin’s final year in optometry school he completed internships focusing in ocular disease diagnosis and management, specialty contact lens fittings; including soft and rigid lens fits, pediatric optometry; involving vision therapy, low vision assessments and primary eye care.
In August, 2012, Dr. McGill began working at the Optometric Centre in Killarney with his mentor Dr. Keith Letts and Dr. Candace DeCock. In April of 2014, Dr.McGill and Dr. DeCock purchased the Killarney Optometric Centre from Dr. Letts.
Now that Dustin is back in his home community he enjoys spending more time with his wife, Megan, catching up with family and friends, helping with the family farm, golfing and singing.