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Nuvo was founded over 20 years ago and we’ve now grown to 2 locations in the Ottawa East community with 8 practicing Optometrists! We’re so lucky to be working with (in our humble opinion) this knowledgeable, fun, caring and amazing team of Eye Doctors. Get to know them a little more below. You won’t regret it!

Dr Corina Buettner - Owner and Optometrist at Nuvo in Ottawa and Orléans

Dr Corina Buettner

There’s something unique about what Dr Corina Buettner brings to Nuvo as both Owner and Optometrist. Be it refractive or medical care, Dr Buettner is always happy to take on new challenges and invest in her patient’s well-being. She makes each patient feel comfortable during their visit and has a knack for explaining any detail about your eyes with ease and clarity.

As a Nuvo leader, her investments in our Vision have cultivated an ever-growing, positive reputation amongst the Ottawa community, and she sets herself apart by being one of the only eye doctors to provide Orthokeratology services in the Ottawa Region.

Dr Marie-Christine Deschênes - Optometrist at Nuvo Orléans

Dr Marie-Christine Deschênes

Dr Deschênes is a great asset to our clinics not only because of her expertise with refractive surgery care but also because of her extensive clinical experience with patients of all ages. It is with personal conviction that Dr Deschênes assures the best possible care to her patients by staying abreast of the newest technologies and of course by listening to her patients.

She has been living in the Ottawa region since her childhood and is now very happy to be able to serve the community where she’s grown up. Whether it is in English or in French, from the youngest to the oldest, all will appreciate her devotion.

Dr. Francine Gauthier | Nuvo Eye Doctors - Ottawa and Orleans

Dr Francine Gauthier

Though her career in healthcare began in nursing, Dr. Gauthier has been practicing Optometry since 1988. A few years ago, she followed her heart and completed the Optometric Extension Program Foundation curriculum to practice Vision Therapy (now a full-scope therapy program offered at Nuvo in Orléans).

 Dr Gauthier’s smile and positive attitude are infectious and we are proud to have her as part of the Nuvo team.

Dr Andrée Mainville - Optometrist at Nuvo in Orléans


Dr Mainville adds quite a bit of sparkle to our offices! Always smiling and always keeping her patients’ best interest in mind. Nuvo is fortunate to have worked with Dr. Mainville even before her career as an Optometrist. She has truly helped cultivate and grow the positive reputation of Nuvo and has contributed greatly to the level of patient care we provide.

Never one to shy away from a 30-second dance party, her natural enthusiasm fosters a fun, positive atmosphere amongst staff and patients alike!

Dr Toni Rizk - Optometrist at Nuvo

Dr Toni Rizk

Dr Toni Rizk grew up in Ottawa and is now proud to serve his community. He graduated on the Dean’s Honours list from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry after completing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Ottawa.

With a special interest in refractive surgery care and disease management, Dr Rizk stays abreast of the latest research, technologies and treatments in the Optometry field and is fluently bilingual in English and French!

Dr Zena Skaff - Optometrist at Nuvo in Orléans

Dr Zena Skaff

Dr Zena Skaff was born and raised in Ottawa, and relocated her practice to join the Nuvo Eye Centre team of Optometrists! Because Dr Skaff values patient care before all else, she encourages her patients to contact either Nuvo locations for any questions or to schedule an appointment.

With her natural, pleasant demeanour Dr Skaff offers an amazing eye care experience for each patient, and contributes greatly to the positive employee atmosphere.

Dr Jessica Kumar - Optometrist at Nuvo

Dr Jessica Kumar

Dr Jessica Kumar might strike you as a familiar face around Nuvo. That’s because she was a part-time technician and optical staff member prior to becoming a Nuvo Optometrists. She also completed one of her residencies with the Nuvo Orléans team, so we are thrilled to have Dr Kumar as a part of the team!

Dr Kumar embraces new technologies and is truly passionate about offering superior eye care to the community she grew up in. She puts a smile on everyone’s face with her enthusiasm toward optometry and she infuses the Nuvo life with positivity, humour and a great work ethic.

Dr Goli Sammak

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Goli Sammak to the Nuvo team of optometrists!

Born and raised in Iran, Dr. Sammak received her Master of Handicraft in Tehran with high honor before moving to Canada to pursue higher education. She is well travelled, as her studies have taken her to various places including Saskatchewan, where she studied Biology at the University of Saskatchewan, and even Chicago where she received her Doctor of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in 2021.

She has acquired valuable and extensive experience from her clinical rotations in the USA, where she worked closely with geriatric patients with ocular complexities such as cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and vision rehabilitation. She has also had the opportunity to work alongside ophthalmologists at the Herzig Institute where she gained significant corneal and retinal knowledge.

Her work experience and overall love of optometry allow her to treat ocular health conditions and provide in-depth comprehensive eye care for patients of all ages. Dr. Sammak is a wonderful Doctor who makes every person feel welcome and comfortable during their visit.

We’ve gotten to know Dr. Sammak as someone who loves spending time with family, is an avid biker and swimmer and is a big fan of classical music. She is conversant in English, Farsi, and is even taking French classes to become fluent… She’s one awesome human!

Dr. Sammak is now accepting new patients at our Ottawa clinic. Book your appointment with her today!


Dr. Juan Giraldo completed an honours Bachelor of Science degree (magna cum laude) from York University in 2018, before graduating from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science in 2022 (with Distinction).

He was the recipient of the 2020 Students of Vision Scholarship and the first-ever two-time winner of the National Vision Scholarship (2021, 2022). He was also the recipient of the Dr. Michael Gutwein Memorial Award in 2022. What great accomplishments!

Dr. Giraldo has a special interest in ocular disease, dry eyes, and specialty contact lenses. He offers vision care services in English, French, and Spanish.

In his spare time, Dr. Giraldo enjoys spending time with family, working out, playing soccer, and recording music. 

Dr. Giraldo is currently accepting new patients at our Ottawa location. We are thrilled to welcome him to our awesome team! 


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