About Us

Dr. Theresa Checkley Athabasca Eye Doctor

Dr. Theresa Checkley – Athabasca Eye Doctor

Dr. Theresa Checkley attended the University of Alberta and received her Bachelor of Science degree, she majored in biological sciences and minored in physical sciences. After graduating, Dr. Checkley was accepted to the optometry program at Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove Oregon, where she graduated with honors with distinction.  

Her training brought her to an array of different clinics; including, a laser eye surgery clinic, a multi-doctor, rural private clinic, a contact lens clinic and a Veterans Administration Hospital. It was at this hospital in Lexington Kentucky where she discovered her passion for the diagnosis and management of ocular disease; including but not limited to, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, cataracts and dry eyes. 

In Dr. Checkley’s down time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, THREE dogs and her cat. When she’s not spending time at home she enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, stand-up paddle boarding and playing ringette. She loves to travel and to find new places to eat, she’s a big foodie. Do you have any food recommendations for her to try? A new campground or hike to check out? Let her know!

This Athabasca Eye Doctor looks forward to CHECKing your eyes 😉

Sarah Lucas - Optometric Assistant

Sarah Lucas

Optical Dispenser

Sarah joined the team in 2016 with previous optical experience from her time working as an Optical Assistant in Grande Prairie, AB. Sarah enjoys the challenge of finding the perfect set of glasses to meet each individual’s needs and getting to know our patients. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. She is a busy sports mom who enjoys the outdoors and keeping active.

Kerry Isaac - Optometric Assistant

Heather King

Certified Optometric Assistant

Heather joined the team is 2022 with experience in the optical field as a certified optometric assistant. She enjoys helping patients and building relationships. Heather is working part time for us and owns a fabulous all natural homemade dog treat business, The Lucky Mutt!

Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, a good book, anything dog related and being at the local farmers market.

Sarah Lucas - Optometric Assistant

Kathryn Haley

Optometric Assistant

Kathryn is the newest member to our clinic and will be starting her optometric assistant course very soon. Born and raised in Athabasca, she is a friendly & familiar face who is happy to help with your eye care needs.

Kathryn enjoys spending time outdoors in the warmer months, kayaking at the lake and tending to her garden. To wind down at the end of the day, she loves to spend time at home with her significant other, 2 cats and a cup of green tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

What brands of lenses do we use?

We primarily use Zeiss and NIkon products.

What is our warranty?

Most frames have a one year warranty. Prescription lenses have a one year warranty.

What brands of contact lenses do we fit?

We primarily fit Alcon, Bausch and Lomb, Coopervision and Johnson and Johnson lenses.

Do we direct bill?

Yes, we direct bill. Click to view companies we direct bill to.

Alberta Health Care


Alberta Blue Cross


Noninsured health benefits

Bigstone Health Benefits

BPA – Benefit Plan Administrators 

Canada Life 

Canadian Construction Workers Union 

Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance 




D.A. Townley 

Desjardins Insurance 

First Canadian 

GMS Carrier 49 

GMS Carrier 50



Industrial Alliance 

Johnson Inc. 

Johnston Group Inc.


Maximum Benefit 

People Corporation 

RWAM Insurance Administrators 

Sun Life Financial 

TELUS AdjudiCare