Dr. David Thomas was born and raised in Northwest Calgary. He grew up in the community of Varsity until his family moved to Hawkwood when he was in Grade 7. He went to Sir Winston Churchill High School and then attended the University of Calgary, where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. While at the University of Calgary, he developed his interest in vision and was involved in the publication of several research papers on both visual attention and visual search. He graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1998 after completing a residency in ocular disease management in Birmingham, Alabama.
Upon graduation, he was thrilled to return to his home community by joining the Crowfoot Vision Centre where, along with treating his patients over the years, he has been involved in several research studies to help improve contact lens materials and cleaning solutions. Dr. Thomas, along with the Drop-In Centre, The Centre of Hope, and the Mustard Seed, has developed the ‘I-Care Program’ which has provided the free eyewear and optometry Calgary’s needy require for almost 10 years now.
Dr. Thomas has lectured regularly at the Kerby Centre for Seniors on topics such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts and has enjoyed talking about the eye at many Calgary and Airdrie elementary schools. He is currently a member of the Alberta College of Optometrists’ Competency Committee which ensures the competence of all optometrists in Alberta. He has three children with his wife, Lisa, and enjoys many activities away from work such as camping, golfing and curling. He also enjoys both playing and coaching soccer and hockey.
Dr. David Thomas looks forward to seeing all of his patients, current and new alike, in the near future.