Our Staff

Our Store

Newmarket Optical is owned and operated by John Omand, It was founded in 1980 and currently has 9 employees. We are an optical store that prides ourselves in our excellent service and taking care of each individual customers needs in a specialized and detailed manor. Offering services from general repairs to solders and eyewear in every price range we are able to offer a great selection for any budget. Having a full surfacing lab means, we are able to produce a pair of glasses or sunglasses that are made in house instead of being shipped out therefore reducing wait times and complications. We also specialize in contact lens fittings and aftercare, we have a contact lens fitter in 5 days a week for all of your contact lens needs.


Meet the Staff


John Omand, Owner and Registered Optician

John opened Newmarket Optical in 1980 and has been a Registered Optician since 1986.  He has always kept the motto that Service is the number one factor in business, and continues to strive for the best service he can give to each and every customer.  John has a passion for all types of eyeglass and sunglass fittings and can find a solution for any request.  John looks forward to his ski vacation out West every winter and playing squash when he can.  He also enjoys spending time with wife Mary Jane and two dogs Duffy and Rosie.

 Leslie Dapice,  Store Manager & Buyer

Leslie has been working for Newmarket Optical since 2002, she is the Store Manager and has a knack for finding the perfect frame for any face.  Leslie is also the merchandise buyer for our stores frame inventory, which means she has an extensive knowledge of trends and what frames are available through or suppliers. Leslie’s happy attitude and friendly personality have been an asset in making the store what it is today. Leslie enjoys spending time with her family, her Granddaughters and her new Grandson.

Sara McLeish, Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter

Sara has been working for Newmarket Optical since 2005.  She is a Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter.  She enjoys both eyeglass and contact lens fittings but her passion is in Contact Lenses. Sara enjoys keeping up on the newest products appreciating the ever changing innovation of the eye care field. Sara started at Newmarket Optical as a frame stylist in 2005, worked as a Optical Student while going to school at Georgian College and now she has been a Registered Optician since 2008 and is the Head Optician at our store. Sara enjoys reading and spending time with her Family.  

Carole Barfitt, Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter

Carole has been an Optician and Contact Lens fitter since 1971,  she has been a part of the Newmarket Optical team for 5 years.  Carole’s extensive knowledge and expertise in both Eyeglass and Contact Lens fittings makes her an important part of the team!  She is an expert in difficult Contact Lens fits and has a detailed knowledge of the right lens for each and every patient.

Ali Asgari, Registered Optician and Contact Lens Fitter

Ali brought his extensive knowledge of lenses and the Optical industry when he started with Newmarket Optical in 2018.  After working for plastic plus and Star Vision as a technician for 11 years he decided he would like to become a licensed Optician.  He started with the company as an Optical student and recently passed his National exams making him a newly Registered Optician.  Ali enjoys spending time with his family and experiencing new places, foods and cultures.

Mallory Bailey, Customer Service

Mallory has been a valuable part of the Newmarket Optical team since the fall of 2015.  Her 4 years of experience in the Optical field has been an asset to Newmarket Optical. She is pursuing a career as a makeup artist. Mallory has experience working as a receptionist in a medical office.  Mallory has a strong interest in creating music and performing. 

Fiorella Cerra, Customer Service

Fiorella has been a wonderful addition to Newmarket Optical! She brings her immense experience in the customer service field to provide an professional, organized and enjoyable environment.  Customers love Fiorella’s friendly demeaner and kind personality to help them make the important decision of what kind of eyewear they will be wearing for years to come. We are so proud to have a Fiorella as part of our business and she makes Newmarket Optical a joy for customers and co workers alike! Fiorella enjoys experimenting with different recipes and long walks on her days off!

Rida Atif, Customer Service

Rida has been working for Newmarket Optical since June of 2016. She has been a great part of our team and has a knack for picking the right pair of glasses for the right person! Rida started as a co-op student from her high school and was then hired on as an eyewear consultant. Rida enjoys reading and is very busy studying while attending University.

Emma Manos, Customer Service

Emma started working for Newmarket Optical in 2017 after being a customer of our store since the age of 4.  She has always had an interest in the Optical business and enjoys helping customers find the right frame for the right person.  Emma is graduating high school this year and is planning on pursuing a career in hair dressing.