Dr. Meagan Hawkshaw was born and raised on a dairy farm near the small town of Binscarth, Manitoba. From 2003-2006, she attended Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota on athletic scholarships for both volleyball and softball. She was then accepted early into Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she received her Doctor of Optometry with Distinction in 2010.
During her optometric studies, Dr. Hawkshaw was a member of the Beta Sigma Kappa international honor society. She was also a member of the AMIGOS Eye Care Club where she had the chance to travel to Tempoal, Mexico and provide free eye exams to underserved people. She thoroughly enjoyed this experience and will never forget the many smiles, hugs, and handshakes from grateful patients after giving them the gift of sight.
After graduation, Dr. Hawkshaw returned to Canada to practice optometry in Lloydminster, Alberta for a year. Dr. Hawkshaw then worked at Vision North Eye Care in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan for five years. There she saw all kinds of patients ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics and perfectly healthy eyes to eyes with vision and life threatening diseases. Being far away from a large city gave her the experience and confidence to deal with serious and emergent situations on her own. She is very comfortable treating and managing a wide range of eye problems by herself yet knows when to make the proper referral to specialists when necessary.
Dr. Hawkshaw is able to perform comprehensive eye health examinations for patients with diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, thyroid disease, multiple sclerosis, and macular degeneration. She does consultations and post-operative assessments for cataract surgery and laser eye surgery. She is certified to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with glaucoma and eye infections from bacterial, fungal, viral, and allergic causes. She can also remove foreign objects (metal, wood, etc) from the front of the eye, saving you a trip to the emergency room.
She moved to Edson in the summer of 2016 and became the proud owner of In Focus Optical; established in 1995 by Debbie Burgess. Dr. Hawkshaw changed to name to In Focus Eye Care to signify the change to optometry centred service.
Dr. Hawkshaw is a member of the Canadian Association of Optometrists, Alberta Association of Optometrists, Alberta College of Optometrists, Ocular Nutrition Society, and Women of Vision. She served on the Mediation Committee for the Saskatchewan Association of Optometrists from 2014-2016. She is currently an Executive Member of the Edson Rotary Club and serves as a Board Member at the Edson and District Chamber of Commerce.
When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys, keeping active, and reading a good book. Dr. Hawkshaw hopes that you will trust her with your eye care needs and looks forward to getting to know you and your family!