Where Eye Care & Eyewear Come Together, In Perfect Harmony
At MDO Optometry we wanted to find doctors that fit in with our ideals of business. Dr. Z’s and Dr. Hong's young and fresh perspectives are exactly what we’ve been looking for.
Come meet Dr. Lauren Zaiffdeen and Dr. Jada Hong for an experience as good on the exam side as it is on the dispensary side.
Dr. Lauren Zaiffdeen, O.D., completed a four-year Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, and went on to achieve her Optometry Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She did so with distinction, earning entrance into the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society where she also served as President. Upon graduation she was selected to join the Gold Key International Optometric Honors Society, as recognition for her strong leadership skills, and was awarded the Marchon Practice Management Award.
During her externship at the Eye Centers of South Florida she worked alongside prominent Ophthalmologists to diagnose and manage ocular diseases, including glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Staying at the forefront of ocular technology and new medical advancements has allowed her to excel as an eye care provider. Dr. Zaiffdeen is currently a member of the Alberta College of Optometrists and Alberta Association of Optometrists. In addition to ocular disease, she has a special interest in the areas of pediatrics and corneal/contact lens technology. Promoting ocular health globally, Dr. Zaiffdeen is involved in VOSH: Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, and has had the opportunity to participate in the Special Olympics in Orlando, Florida and to provide eye care to an underserved population in Ecuador.
Dr. Zaiffdeen diagnoses and treats all patient eye care issues with the highest level of experience and dedication. She places importance on taking time to thoroughly answer all of her patients’ questions, so they can have a fuller understanding of their vision and ocular health needs.
When not working, Dr. Zaiffdeen enjoys traveling, dancing, golfing, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Hong grew up in Spruce Grove and is fluent in English, Cantonese and basic Mandarin. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in psychology, then completed her Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. She gained valuable experience in managing complex ocular pathology from corneal and retinal specialists during her externship in Baltimore, Maryland. Currently, she has a special interest in dry eye disease and teaches the condition to other healthcare practitioners.
Optometry allows Dr. Hong to serve her community by providing exceptional care through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases. Her favorite part of her job is developing genuine, long-term relationships with all her patients.
Outside of work, Dr. Hong volunteers overseas to provide eye care to places such as Romania, Thailand and Malawi. She is an avid yogi and teaches yoga twice a week. You will also find her checking out new coffee shops, baking in her kitchen, and planning her next vacation.
She is a member of the Alberta College of Optometrists; Alberta Association of Optometrists and Edmonton Society of Optometrists.
Dr. Whitney Diakur was born and raised just north of Edmonton. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Alberta with a Major in Biology and Minor in Classics. She then attended InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Optometry where she graduated with Cum Laude standing, multiple academic and clinical excellence awards and an award for best thesis dissertation. Dr. Diakur has spent time working in California and Texas but has decided to make Edmonton her permanent home again.
In the past she has volunteered with the Canadian National Institute of the Blind and numerous senior’s centers around the city. She has also done a volunteer trip to the Dominican Republic with Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH). With her experience abroad she is able to do an eye exam in Spanish. Her passion within the optometry field includes ocular disease with a special interest in retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, pediatric examinations, and dry eye treatments. She is a current member of the Alberta College of Optometrists and the Albert Association of optometrists. Dr. Diakur always ensures that the best level of care is given to all her patients and takes the time to answer any questions they may have.
In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, travelling, hiking, dancing and spending time with friends and family.