Our Team

Trust your eyesight and eye health to our two highly educated and honored doctors: Dr. Heather MacMillan and Dr. Valerie Shoemaker. Learn more about their background, awards and research areas, including special vision needs of children and seniors.


Dr. Heather MacMillan


Dr. MacMillan graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 1996. She worked in a practice in London, Hamilton, Cambridge and at a laser eye clinic in Kitchener before opening her own practice in Ayr in 1999.

High School Valedictorian and Research Grant Recipient

Dr. MacMillan graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and went on to study physics at University of Guelph as a Canada scholar. In 1991, she was granted a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grant for summer research in biophysics of muscles. She attended the University of Waterloo School of Optometry starting in 1992 and held another NSERC summer research position in 1994 with Dr. Doughty, studying pharmaceutical effects on the cornea. As part of her studies at the University of Waterloo, she completed an externship with Dr. Stuart Kaufman, an ophthalmologist in Zephyrhills and Sun City, Florida. Upon graduation, Dr. MacMillan was one of 6 graduates chosen from her optometry class to hold a residency in primary care at the School of Optometry. She continued as a clinical supervisor at the School of Optometry for a few years.

Over 20 Years in the Community of Ayr

Dr. MacMillan opened her clinic in Ayr in 1999. She is an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists and Canadian Association of Optometrists. She has had laser corrective surgery herself and is affiliated with TLC Laser Eye Centers. She has settled in the community with her husband and 3 children who are active in the community and she hopes to practice in Ayr for years to come.


Dr. Valerie Shoemaker


Dr. Shoemaker graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2007, earning the College of Optometrists of Ontario General Proficiency Medal, the AMO Award for General Proficiency and the Alcon Continuing Professional Education Award. She joined Dr. MacMillan’s practice in 2007.

Prestigious Externships and Research Awards

As part of her studies, she completed externships at Yaldo Eye Centers in Michigan, the Lexington Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Kentucky and Huron Optometric in Goderich, Ontario. In 2005, she received the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health Professional Student Research Award. Dr. Shoemaker then worked with the Bobier Lab studying the effects of refractive error in children on developing literacy skills.

University of Waterloo School of Optometry

Dr. Shoemaker has been involved with the University of Waterloo School of Optometry for more than a decade, as both a clinical supervisor and a lab instructor. She has led programs taking optometry students to various nursing homes in Waterloo Region to provide care for the elderly, as well as The Working Centre in Kitchener, where she helped patients in need. She has been involved with many UW clinic areas including Low Vision Rehabilitation, Pediatrics and Special Needs.

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Our Address

Phone: (519) 632-7888

Email: info@ayroptometrist.com
Email: dr@ayroptometrist.com


Optometrists Ayr
Suite 200-45 Stanley Street
Ayr, ON
N0B 1E0

Business hours

Monday: 8am to 5pm
Tuesday: 8am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9am to 8pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 8am to 12pm
Sunday:   Closed

Visit Our Comfortable Eye Care Center in Ayr, Monday - Saturday.

Make sure your eyes are in the best of health! Schedule your next eye examination with Dr. Heather MacMillan by calling (519) 632-7888 or email us your questions. Our friendly staff will reply promptly.

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