About Us

Dr. Briar Sexton
I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work as an ophthalmologist. Vision is a precious commodity and it is a pleasure to work with my patients to protect and care for their eyes.

Staying on top of new treatments and maintaining state of the art equipment is another source of pride for us at the clinic. I am active both in attending and teaching at Continuing Education events.

For Dr. Sexton’s full CV 2020: Click here

Since 2010 I have been actively fundraising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The research projects they fund bring hope for a cure for many retinal diseases.

Vancouver is an amazing city and our little block in Kitsilano is a wonderful community that we are all proud to be a part of and to share with you.

Alina is great at managing our front end, and Shelby works diligently to perform our diagnostic testing at the highest standard possible. Jessica coordinates our incredible team.

Alina Aref’yeva

Patient Care Coordinator & Technician 

After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor’s degree in Science, I knew I wanted to work in a fast-paced, medical setting where I could make a difference in people’s lives daily. Dr. Sexton’s clinic is the perfect setting for top of the line health care, friendly service, and diligent attention to detail.

The exceptional health care professionals at this clinic seek to provide medical care for all of our patients with the highest of standards and are always looking for ways to improve patient care and efficiency. I love being challenged to work in a busy clinic which needs my constant attention to detail to complete our patient care in a timely and caring manner. Getting to know the patients of this clinic has been a privilege and I am so thankful I get to make an impact in people’s lives every day.

Shelby Uzelman

Medical Office Assistant & Technician 

When I was eighteen, I began working in optometry and became a Canadian Certified Optometric Assistant. Over the years, I have fallen in love with diagnostic testing and how it can help to protect one of our most precious senses. I decided to further my knowledge of business and attended Vancouver Community College to achieve a certificate in business administration in 2019. After graduating, I was fortunate enough to have an opportunity to combine my new skills and my passion for patient care at Dr. Sexton’s clinic.

I grew up on the beaches of Vancouver Island, so the clinic makes me feel right at home. Working with the most up-to-date equipment in a fast-paced clinic makes each day exciting and stimulating. I am thrilled to be able to work with such an amazing doctor, dedicated coworkers, and friendly patients every day. Being a medical professional has been extremely rewarding, and I am thankful to our patients who make it possible for me to have the privilege of being part of this profession.

Jessica Verver

Office Administrator

I grew up in Vancouver and lived just a block away from the office, so Dr. Sexton’s ocean-side clinic truly feels like home. Ever since graduating from the University of Victoria, I’ve always known I wanted to work in a fast-paced healthcare setting with a passionate team of professionals, and Dr. Sexton’s clinic is just that.

As Dr. Sexton’s Office Administrator, I’m so grateful to be able to combine my skills and my passions in this role and work with such incredible colleagues and patients every day. It’s especially a privilege to be part of a clinic dedicated to caring for one of our senses that is so often taken for granted.

Media Appearances


Global News. Blindness crisis coming to Canada (2019)? Features Dr. Briar Sexton and Mya Sauer



Global News. National care strategy to fight blindness and vision loss (2019). Features Dr. Briar Sexton



Nassar, H., Kelly, A. Eye protection in bright, cold conditions key and often overlooked (2019). Features Dr. Briar Sexton. News 1130



Ellis, E. One-third of glaucomas aren’t picked up by the regular eye-pressure test (2016). Features Dr. Briar Sexton. Vancouver Sun



Brown, S. Hatcher forever changed face of  MLB Celebrations (2015). Features Dr. Briar Sexton. Vancouver Sun



CTV Morning News: Dr. Briar Sexton previews Comic Vision 2015