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Dr. Richard Kniaziew

Dr. Richard Kniaziew was born in a small town in Russia in 1949.  He immigrated to Poland in 1956 where he studied elementary school and started high school. While in Poland, high school was heavily focused on math and science, which would lay the foundation for later in life.  In 1963, his parents were looking for a better life out of the communist country. They chose Canada because his father had a brother living in Brantford, Ontario.  New in Canada at the age of 15 and not being able to speak English, he was forced to start 2 years behind. He attended St. John’s College High School – an all-boys school in Brantford – where his passion for football started.  As an honour roll student and captain of the football team, he had an offer to go to university in the United States on a football scholarship.  After high school in 1969, he attended a rookie camp try out with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL. Realizing early in the camp that this was not a path he wanted to go down, he quickly shifted his focus to academics and enrolled in McMaster University Natural Science program. Before entering McMaster, he knew he wanted to get into the Health Care Field as he had a passion for helping people and solving complex problems. During his first year, he had a chance to spend a week with a local OD and he realized that was the path he wanted to go down. During that week, he got a first-hand view of how amazing the optometry profession was. At the end of his first year at McMaster with high marks, he applied to University of Waterloo School of Optometry and was accepted for the fall semester of 1971. After graduating in 1975, he was recruited by a local Leamington OD who offered him a full-time job. After a few years of learning the business side of the profession, he was able to open several of his own offices in multiple communities in South Western Ontario.

  • Graduated in 1975 from University of Waterloo with Doctor of Optometry
  • Past President of Ontario Association of Optometrists
  • Past Canadian Association of Optometrists Board Member
  • Past President of College of Optometrists
  • Currently Vice President of College of Optometrists
  • Currently on Executive of College of Optometrists of Ontario
  • Set up practice management committee in Ontario in 1979 and chaired it
  • Published number of practice management articles in Ontario
  • Lectured on valuation and practice management in Ontario
  • Assessed 4 Optical outlets in Essex County
  • Assessed 6 Dental Practices
  • Assessed 1 Ophthalmology Practice
  • Assessed over 240 Optometric Practices in Ontario and Canada
  • Involved in mediation in partnership dissolution
  • Court approved expert in assessing the marketability of the optometric practice (Toronto, Brantford, Milton and Peterborough)
  • Past Chief OHIP negotiator of Optometry in Ontario
  • Past board member of the Windsor Essex Catholic School Board and on salaries negotiating team
  • Involved in sale of 80 Optometric Practices
  • Area of Interest – Practice Management and Practice Assessment
  • Taken number of Optometric Practice Management Courses
  • Practices in Leamington and Essex in group practice
  • Married in 1971 to Pauline and has four children and six grandchildren
  • Ironman, Triathlete, Marathoner
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