Meet our Experience Staff
Dr Mel Soicher, Optometrist
Dr. Soicher was born, raised and educated in Montreal, Quebec. He has a Bachelors Degree in Physiology from McGill University. He completed his Doctorate of Optometry from University of Montreal in 1981. Following his graduation, he practised for two years with Dr. Bill Prince in Miramichi, NB. In 1984 he opened office in Fredericton with his wife, Marisa Blanchard, also an optometrist.
In 2001, Dr. Soicher purchased the practice of Dr. Tom Carton in Oromocto. At that time, his partner was Dr. Joe White who retired in 2011.
Dr. Soicher is married to his optometry partner, Dr. Marisa Blanchard, and has three children, Daniel, Jacqueline and Phillip. During the summer, you will see Dr. Soicher cycling all over the Fredericton area on his road bike. Between April and October, he commutes by bike the 25 kilometres between his home in Fredericton and his work in Oromocto. In the winter, his interest changes to downhill skiing. Most weekends you will find him at Crabbe Mountain challenging the slopes or cross country skiing on the many trails around Fredericton.
Dr. Tara McCarthy, Optometrist
Dr. Tara McCarthy was born in Minto, New Brunswick. She graduated from Ecole Ste. Anne high school in 2006. Then went on to complete her Bachelor of Science at UNB Fredericton. She completed her Doctorate of Optometry in Waterloo ON. In 2003 she joined Oromocto Vision. She is fluently bilingual and enjoys performing eye examinations in both English and French.
Dr. McCarthy is married to Andrew Trevors. Together, they have two children: Ethan and Annabelle. In her spare time, Dr. McCarthy enjoys several art mediums including scrap booking, card making, and mixed media canvases. She has also taken an interest in healthy habits and enjoys yoga as well as exploring nutritious options for herself and her family.
Shelly Smith, Receptionist
Shelly Smith has been a receptionist at Oromocto Vision for the past 15 years. Shelly is ready and waiting to help with your optometric needs from booking your appointment to processing your insurance claims and any questions you may have.
Shelly has come to us with 18 years of experience in the financial industry. She has two grown children and is anxiously awaiting her first grandchild. She enjoys walking through her woodlot with her faithful companion Duke, a beautiful yellow lab and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends.
Nikki Holmes, Optometrist Assistant
Nikki Holmes has been at Oromocto Vision for 2 years. Her role at the office is just about everything, reception, pre-testing, frame choices and adjustments. She has a history in the optical industry in that she has work experience at our local optical lab, Aries Optical.
Nikki is originally from Woodstock, NB. She currently lives in Fredericton with her 2 teenage daughters. In addition, she currently hosts international exchange students in her home so they can experience life in New Brunswick. When not in the office you will likely find her at the gym as fitness is her passion. Nikki looks forward to helping you with your optical needs.
Nancy Blackwell, Optometric Assistant
Nancy has enjoyed her career at Oromocto Vision for 32 years, providing optical care to all of our patients. For the past 3 years she has been in charge of our optical department helping patients pick out the right frame for them. Her knowledge of lens choices will ensure that you receive the best glasses for your lifestyle.
Nancy has been married for 42 years and has 2 grown children. Her greatest joy is spending time with her precious granddaughter. During the summer you will find her and her husband at Grand Lake Park enjoying the camping life with family and friends.
Oromocto Vision Clinic is the oldest eye care office in the Oromocto area. Its origins date back to 1976 in the Hersey Building where Dr. Joe White commenced his solo practise. In 1981, he was joined by Dr. Tom Carton and they moved to larger premises at its present location of 1285 Onondaga Street. In 2001, Dr. Carton retired from the practise and Dr. Mel Soicher took his place. Dr. Tara McCarthy joined the two of them in 2003. In 2011, Dr. White also retired after more than 35 years of Optometry. We are available to look after all of your eye care needs.
Call the office anytime to make an appointment, 357-3392