Dr. Douglas A. Puttaert, BSc., B.P.E.,M.Ed., O.D., F.A.A.O. was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba and initially completed both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Physical Education degrees at the University of Manitoba. He then entered post graduate studies and received a Masters of Education. After two years of teaching science and physical education he received his permanent teaching certificate. He then relocated to Waterloo, Ontario where he completed his Doctorate of Optometry Degree. Dr. D. Puttaert then completed his fellowship from the American Academy of Optometry (F.A.A.O.) in Los Angeles, California. He has served as council member and secretary treasurer of the Manitoba Association of Optometrists and as well has chaired three committees. Dr. D. Puttaert has had a long history in organized sports, having won a provincial volleyball championship, a national basketball championship when in University, and he played on the Manitoba basketball team for the 1975 Canada Games. He coached for ten years and was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994, as well as the “Manitoba Order of the Buffalo Hunt” by then premiere Ed Schreyer. His sports experiences led him to volunteer for vision screening with Special Olympic athletes, and he was the lead Optometrist at the Athlete’s Village at the 1999 Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. In 1992, he joined Dr. James Eastwood in professional practice and eventually expanded the practice to its present 3 locations.
Dr. D. Puttaert has received full scope optometry therapeutics designation and as a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists stays current with continuing education. He continues to practice full time seeing patients of all ages, including special interest in pediatric vision, speciality corneal disease contact lens fitting, and ophthalmic disease co-management . He holds a private pilots licence and enjoys flying his float plane, fishing, fitness, travel, the local arts and sports amenities, and most of all, time with family at the cottage.