IRIS Fredericton is definitely special for us because it is the first IRIS store in the province of New Brunswick. It is also the IRIS location that is the furthest east in Canada and, in the world!
Our team members at IRIS Fredericton are our first "ambassadors" in New Brunswick, and they are the ones who help their patients discover the IRIS experience. We would like, in the coming years, to extend our great family across this province and now, this project seems feasible thanks to our on-store team, who is truly extraordinary.
We cannot speak about the IRIS Fredericton team without starting with Dr. Mel Soicher and Dr. Marissa Blanchard, a couple of local Optometrists who, in 1984, started the Blanchard & Soicher Optometry Clinic. In 2017, they decided to join IRIS. The transition was pretty natural, since the clinic shared the IRIS values: passion, honesty and respect. Plus, they valued the quality of products and services for their patients. The team also includes Lisa Fortin, Ambyr Barlett CCOA (Optometric Assistant), Mitchell Feero (Optician) and Cindy Gardner, who has been working at the store for almost 27 years! Another gem that works at IRIS Fredericton is Elizabeth Cairns, CCOA and store manager. She works tirelessly to bring IRIS to the forefront of their local community.
Over the years, the staff has been able to win the hearts of the people in their community. They are proud to say that many of their patients return to see them year after year since the very beginning. Although this store’s schedule is always quite busy, the whole team puts a lot of effort to see as many patients as possible, while giving them a warm welcome and taking the time to fully understand their needs in order to serve them better.
Since joining IRIS, the Fredericton store has benefited from agreements with our suppliers to offer new brands to its customer base. Tom Ford, Tiffany & Co., Maui Jim and Oakley, among others, have been a hit since they started offering them to their patients.
This store is proud to be part of the big family IRIS and we cherish them as well! New Brunswick is a brand-new market for us and we could not have imagined that we would have such outstanding ambassadors to introduce New Brunswickers to experience better vision.
If you are in the region, do not hesitate to visit them. They will gladly help you choose your new glasses!