Dr. Picioreanu was born in Ploiesti, Romania, but was raised in Calgary, Alberta where his family continues to reside. He went to McGill University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Computer Science. From there he pursued a Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Waterloo, which he earned with the distinction of being on the Dean’s Honor List for all four years. During that time, he contributed to optometric research projects with the faculty and was able to present his work at the American Academy of Optometry conference in Anaheim. Following the completion of his Optometry Degree, Dr. Picioreanu elected to enroll in a year of residency training at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. This year as a Cornea and Contact Lens resident allowed him to acquire a wide breadth of experience with diagnosing and managing ocular surface diseases, especially through the use of specialty contact lenses.
Throughout his training, Dr. Picioreanu has been able to rotate through various clinics. He was an extern at a glaucoma specialty clinic in Salt Lake City, at a Vision Therapy Clinic in Red Deer, and learned about private practice from an established clinic in the Greater Toronto Area. During his time in Oklahoma, he was able to develop his skills in fitting contact lenses on patients with advanced keratoconus, post-RK, and those with corneal transplants. He also has a vested interest in myopia control and fitting ortho-keratology lenses for people of all ages. Dr. Picioreanu has helped in managing advanced dry eye through cutting-edge technologies and has spent time learning to perform minor laser surgical procedures. He has also worked with the urgent care unit of the local Tahlequah hospital, helping treat and diagnose all manners of emergent eye related problems. Throughout his time, he has been able to attend many optometry conferences and will be sitting for his exam later this fall to qualify as a Fellow of American Academy of Optometry.
During his free time Dr. Picioreanu loves to spend time with friends exploring the city and trying out new restaurants. He is a big fan of board games and enjoys having an over-priced coffee while reading in cafes. Recently he’s decided to try and see if his drumming abilities might be a little better than his guitar work, and one days hopes to learn to sing well enough that he won’t get booed off stage at karaoke nights.
Dr. Picioreanu is excited to be joining the Optomeyes team and looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge with the people of the Squamish and West Vancouver area.