Dr. Sam Baraam started his optometric career by pursuing a bachelor of science in Cell Biology at the University of Western Ontario in London. He then moved to Pennsylvania for graduate school where he received his doctor of Optometry degree from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. As part of his clinical program as an intern, Dr. Baraam trained at the world-renowned Veterans affairs hospital in Connecticut and also at a refractive Laser surgery and cataract center in Philadelphia. In addition to receiving extensive training in specialty soft and rigid contact lenses, Dr. Baraam is also certified to treat and manage ocular disease and thoroughly trained in management of Cataract and Laser vision correction procedures. He received further training in binocular vision, and visual-perceptual therapy for which he received advanced certification from the Eye Institute in Philadelphia and clinical honors, a recognition only awarded to those with academic and clinical excellence.
Dr. Baraam served on the SOSH mission team in 2009 where he had the opportunity to provide thousands of patients in the impoverished villages of Belize with Eye Care, including pathology detection and treatment as well as vision correction devices to those who otherwise did not have access to such services.
In addition to being certified by the Canadian National Boards (CSAO), Dr. Baraam has also successfully completed all three parts of the US national board examinations (NBEO). He’s now an active member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists, Canadian Association of Optometrists as well as the College of Optometrists in Vision development (COVD).
Dr Baraam also practices out of the Beaches office at 360 Eyecare – Beaches and out of the Rosedale office at 360 Eyecare – Rosedale. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, golfing, exercising and spending quality time with family and friends.
Dr. Gavin Bastiampillai graduated from the prestigious Pennsylvania College of Optometry of Salus University. Throughout his time there he was elected into Beta Sigma Kappa, an honor society for academic achievement for the top ten percent of his class. His clinical experience includes The Eye Institute in Philadelphia, where he completed his advance studies in Pediatrics and was trained in visual perception and binocular vision. He then worked at the Veterans Affairs hospitals in Batavia, New York and Salem, Virginia fine tuning his skills in pathology and low vision.
Dr. Bastiampillai has successfully passed the US national board exam (NBEO), Canadian national board exam (CSAO) and is TPA certified to treat and manage ocular disease. Currently, he is a member of both the Ontario Association of Optometrists & the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
Dr. Bastiampillai grew up in Toronto and completed his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Toronto and is excited to give back to this wonderful community.
Dr. Bastiampillai enjoys the challenges of contact lenses, binocular vision anomalies and caring for his patients with any anterior segment or retinal pathology. In his spare time Dr. Bastiampillai loves to play Tennis, Golf, Softball and Cricket and enjoys an active lifestyle.
Dr. Gina Chen received both her Doctor of Optometry degree and Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the University of Waterloo. During her clinical studies, she obtained extensive training with a focus in retinal diseases, cataracts, and dry eye diseases at the Eye Associates of Pinellas in Pinellas Park, Florida.
She is passionate about her profession and strives to provide quality patient-centred eye care. Her main clinical experiences include primary care, ocular health and therapeutics, contact lenses, pediatrics, and refractive surgery co-management. As nearsightedness is a fast-growing eye condition in children, Dr. Chen has a professional interest in myopia control to slow the progression of nearsightedness in young patients through Orthokeratology (OrthoK) and innovative soft contact lenses.
Dr. Chen is licensed by the College of Optometrists of Ontario and is certified to prescribe Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents in Canada. She is a member of both the Ontario Association of Optometrists and the Canadian Association of Optometrists.
Dr. Chen is excited to be a member of the distinguished team at 360 Eyecare and practices out of the Downtown office – Metro. She conducts eye examinations with full fluency in English and Mandarin.
In her spare time, she enjoys exercising, traveling, reading, and being a foodie.
Dr. Nadine Solaka, OD, MSc attended New England College of Optometry in Boston, MA where she received both her Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Vision Science degrees. Prior to that, Dr. Solaka received her Bachelor Degree with honours in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Waterloo. During her stay in Boston, Dr. Solaka completed her clinical training at several leading healthcare facilities, such as: the Veteran Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Lahey Medical Center, Boston Medical Center and North End Waterfront Health Center at Mass General Hospital. During her training Dr. Solaka gained advanced experience in contact lens fitting, treatment of ocular disease, pediatric eye exams and pre- and post-operative care for LASIK and PRK.
Dr. Solaka’s background in research focused on affordable vision aids and how these instruments could help provide better eye care in underserved areas of the developing world; where the lack of eye car e professionals is a major global concern. She has presented her work at the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO).
Dr. Solaka is also a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa (BSK): International Optometric Honor Society and the Ontario Association of Optometrists (OAO). Outside of working at the 360 Eyecare – Beaches location, Dr. Solaka enjoys spending time with family, friends and her favorite Shih Tzu, Kobi.