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Eye care professionals specialize in understanding how the human eye really works, as well as diseases and conditions that affect your vision - many of which do not have obvious symptoms. Eye doctors know how age and risk factors affect vision over time for young and old, and they understand the benefits and features of corrective lenses including eyeglasses and contacts.

Our optometrists in Winnipeg, MB take the time to explain the results of your eye exam, describe your options and listen to your eye care needs. Because maintaining good eye health is an ongoing partnership, we encourage you to ask questions and share your health information, which could be vital to monitoring, diagnosing and treating potential vision problems.

Meet our doctors in Downtown Winnipeg:

Dr. Shane Cornelson, O. D.

Dr. Shane Cornelson, O. D.

Dr. Shane Cornelson was born and raised in Winnipeg and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Winnipeg. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Optometry degree at the University of Waterloo, graduating in 2017 on the Dean’s Honours list. During his last year at Waterloo, Shane completed a four-month ocular disease and therapeutics externship at OMNI Eye Specialists in Baltimore, MD. He also took part in an optometric mission trip with Canadian Vision Care in Jamaica, where the team provided eye examinations and glasses to those in need. Shane finished his primary care rotation in Calgary, where he gained further training in corneal disease and specialty contact

Shane enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying active. You can find him out running, biking, and golfing in the summer, or playing hockey and snowboarding in the winter. He always looks forward to spending his summer weekends at his family cabin at West Hawk Lake. Shane has travelled to Mexico, Thailand, Barcelona, Morocco, London, Croatia, and Ireland. He hopes to visit many more countries in the future. Shane is dedicated to providing exceptional care and education to all his patients. He is currently accepting patients of all ages and looks forward to meeting you!

Dr. Luke Small,, OD

Dr. Luke Small,, OD

A Winnipeg local, Dr. Luke Small earned his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of California Berkeley School of Optometry in 2000. Dr. Small's diverse clinical internships took him from the Beijing Medical University in China to the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and LaserVue Eye Associates in Orlando, Florida.

After graduating, Dr. Small, alongside his wife, Dr. Gina Mistretta Small, OD, returned to Canada, practicing at Armstrong and Small Eyecare Centre with Dr. Rod Small until 2002. The couple then spent five years in Santa Barbara, California, where Dr. Small served as the president of the Tri-County Optometric Association and gained experience across various optometric practices.

In 2007, the Smalls returned to Winnipeg, taking over Dr. Small's father's practice, continuing almost a century of optometric service at Armstrong and Small Eye Care Center. Dr. Small, a third-generation optometrist, has been actively involved in Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH), bringing eye care to those in need worldwide. In 2011, Dr. Small was instrumental in creating a optometric clinic within the Saul Sair Health Centre and Siloam Mission, a homeless shelter in downtown Winnipeg.   

In 2012, fellow Manitoba optometrists voted Dr. Small 'Optometrist of the Year.' He earned recognition for his volunteer work with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), Siloam Mission, and the Manitoba Association of Optometrists (MAO).

Besides his professional contributions, Dr. Small enjoys surfing (a challenge in Winnipeg!), adventure racing, soccer, hockey, and spending quality time with his children, Annika and Sebastian. 

Besides his professional contributions, Dr. Small enjoys being outdoors.  His outdoor adventures find him on all sorts of bikes (gravel, mountain and fat bikes) as well as a racing in endurance adventure races.  He still enjoys a weekly beer-league hockey game and will get in the pool periodically having been a 4-year letterman at Texas Christian University where he medaled at the Southwest Conference Championships and participated in the 1992 Canadian Olympic Trials.  Some of his biggest passions involve being an assistant coach to his son’s Oak Park High School basketball team and visiting his daughter at McGill University in Montreal.

Dr. Gina Small, OD

Dr. Gina Small, OD

Dr. Gina Small is a transplant to Winnipeg. Born and raised in California, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Optometry in 2000 with a Doctorate of Optometry degree (O.D.). She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Vision Science from U.C. Berkeley. Dr. Small’s training included externships at Denver Optometric Center in Denver, Colorado, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and LaserVue Eye Associates in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Gina Small, like her husband Luke, also comes from a family of Optometrists, including her grandfather Dr. Charles Seger who was President of the American Optometric Association from 1965 to 1966. 

After graduation from Optometry school in 2000, Dr. Small practiced at Armstrong & Small with her husband Dr. Luke Small and her father-in-law Dr. Rod Small for two years. In 2002 Drs. Gina & Luke Small moved to California where they practiced in a variety of clinical settings. Dr. Gina Small particularly enjoyed working in an Ophthalmology Clinic in Santa Barbara and gaining experience with specialized contact lens fittings for keratoconus and post-corneal graft patients.

Dr. Small is happy to be living in Winnipeg again (believe it or not!) and to be a part of this almost 100 year-old family practice. She works at both Armstrong & Small Eyecare Centre as well as Eyes in the Village Optometry.  Away from work, you can find Gina at a pilates or fitness class, working on her Italian or planning her next annual trip to New Orleans for the Jazz and Heritage Festival

Dr. Jocelyn Radawiec

Dr. Jocelyn Radawiec, OD

Dr. Jocelyn Radawiec graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2003 on the Dean's Honour List.  While in optometry school, she spent time in Mexico providing charity eye care to the residents who previously didn’t have access to any eye care services. Since graduating, she has been actively involved in the Manitoba Association of Optometrists' Children's Vision Committee, whose mandate is to educate the public about the importance of eye exams for young children. Dr. Radawiec joined the Armstrong & Small team in 2018 after practising for 15 years in Manitoba (14 years in Winnipeg and one year in Brandon). She has a particular interest in children’s vision but is happy to see patients of any age. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and her twin sons.