Dr. Shirley Blanc graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in 2001, and focuses a large portion of her practice on assessing and treating patients with visual-based problems from traumatic and acquired brain injury. She is a Fellow and Advisory Board Member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), an international multi-disciplinary organization. She served as Conference Chair for NORA in 2019, and has contributed to NORA website educational content for patients and professionals. She is an Advisory Board Member and course lecturer for Complete Concussion Management Inc. Her literature review article about visual dysfunction from whiplash injury was published in a peer reviewed journal, Optometry & Visual Performance.
Dr. Blanc has conducted many speaking engagements on the topic of vision and concussion for organizations including Brain Injury Canada, Sports Physiotherapists of Canada, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the University of Toronto Sports Medicine Department.
Dr. Blanc is currently an external vision consultant and a co-investigator with the University of Toronto David L. Macintosh Sports Medicine Clinic, looking at various visual manifestations of sport related concussion. Dr. Blanc is a member of the International Sports Vision Association, and sees athletes at all levels, including minor, varsity, Olympic, and professional for post-concussion vision rehabilitation, as well as vision performance. She was one of a team of optometrists in the Athlete’s Village Polyclinic during the Pan Am Games in 2016.
Dr. Blanc practices with the philosophy that concussion care truly needs a team, and collaborates with many professionals, including physiotherapists, speech-language therapists, physicians, physiatrists, occupational therapists, osteopathic practitioners, and chiropractors.