Dr. Rachel Rushforth has been the owner and operator of Admirals Walk Optometry since we opened in 2001. Rachel grew up in Victoria, and completed her Bachelors in Biology at the University of Victoria. Rachel graduated with honors from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1996. As part of her mentorship in optometry, Rachel gained clinical experience at Oak Harbor’s naval air station on Whidbey Island in Washington. After practicing in Idaho for a year, Dr. Rushforth returned to Victoria, where she has practiced since. Amongst the optometric specialties, Dr. Rushforth finds it particularly rewarding to manage the visual development of children. When she’s not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and two dogs, baking delicious treats, and staying active in the beautiful outdoors of the West Coast.
Dr. Darcy Dennis was born and raised in Victoria. Dr. Dennis earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria, graduating with honours in 2008. For several years she worked as an oncology research assistant for the BC Cancer Agency at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. In 2013, Darcy moved to Waterloo, Ontario and completed her Doctor of Optometry degree with honours. After graduating, Darcy happily returned to Victoria to practice in her hometown. She is passionate about educating her patients on their ocular health and has a special interest in glaucoma. Outside of work, Darcy loves to travel and is often found planning her next adventure.
Zoë is our assistant manager and a licensed optician. Zoë has worked in the eyecare industry since 2017. In 2020 she earned her diploma in Optical Sciences from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, graduating with honours as one of the top students in the country. In 2021 she successfully completed the NACOR eyeglasses board exam. When she’s not at the office, Zoë spends her time being bossed around by her grumpy cat, Heidi.
Angela assists with diagnostic imaging, scheduling, and helps patients choose their new glasses. As well as working full time, Angela is currently earning her certification as an Optometric Assistant. In her down time, Angela likes cooking and watching movies with her basset hound, Blue.
Alanna is our administrative assistant, who keeps the office organized and on schedule, and also performs diagnostic testing before and after appointments. Alanna enjoys spending time with her wife and her cats in her down time.
Rachel is a Certified Optometric Assistant (COA) and has been working in eyecare since 2019. She’s available to help patients with their glasses and contact lenses, and is a wealth of information on dry eye treatments! Rachel is originally from Parksville, and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and her dog, Nova.
Samantha is a long time Victoria resident and worked for many years as an esthetician. She has a keen eye for detail and style. When she’s not at the office, she likes to hike with her husband and dogs, and make stained glass creations..
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Admirals Walk Optometry Clinic
106-1505 Admirals Road
Victoria, BC V9A 2P8