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July 1st, 2020 Covid-19 update

Our clinic is open for patient appointments with modified procedures and enhanced hygiene measures in place to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy. All patients must wear a mask or face covering before entering the clinic.

Call us at 705-264-8338 or Toll Free 1-866-372-8338. Staff are answering phones M-F 9 am-4 pm. Email will also be available for non-urgent questions or concerns: eyedocs@ntl.sympatico.ca

Please try to attend your appointment on time and not early, as the clinic can not accommodate extra people. Also, please attend your appointment alone or with as few other people as possible (e.g. one parent/support-person/substitute decision maker if required) and not bring coats or personal items into the office.

Order Contact lens or eye drops: all orders for one year can be shipped free to you. Visit our online store here: SHOP ONLINE. We have partnered with the Canadian brand Vision Avenue to offer single vision prescription glasses starting at $159. Explore the Vision Avenue frames available online from our collection and order your favorite one on the spot!

Our Team

The Doctors and staff are constantly updating their skills and equipment to better serve you, our patients. In fact, the doctors attend over 22 hours of continuing education vision and eye health lectures every year.

The clinic is fortunate to employ knowledgeable and caring team members. These professionals are always eager to offer helpful tips and can satisfactorily solve most concerns. They strive to make each patient encounter a positive experience. Dr. Bill Chisholm is proud to support his staff members with continuing education opportunities. Many have obtained certification and training as Optometric Assistants, by the Canadian Association of Optometrists and must maintain their certification with ongoing annual educational courses.

Please feel free to ask any team member for help. They are always eager to help.

How it all began: Dr. James Chisholm moved to Timmins in 1958 and opened a practice on Pine Street. In 1971, the 101 Mall opened and the office was relocated there as an inaugural tenant. Dr. David Passmore joined the practice in 1975, retiring in 2011. The Clinic was relocated and expanded in the upper level of the 101 Mall in 1981. Dr. Bill Chisholm joined the Clinic in 1994. He became a partner in the practice, when he bought Dr James Chisholm’s share in 1999. The Clinic is solely owned and operated by Dr Bill Chisholm Optometry Professional Corporation since January 1st, 2007.  Our fourth clinic relocation, to the main level, in 2006 included expansion and modern renovations. In addition, ongoing continuing education and new diagnostic eye examination equipment have always been part of our commitment to delivering the highest quality of eye health and vision care to our patients.

Dr. Bill Chisholm

Dr. Michael Flondra

Drs. Chisholm & Passmore (retired)

Full-Time Optometrist needed

Dr. Bill Chisholm

Dr. Bill Chisholm returned to Timmins after completing his education. Dr. Chisholm completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in biology. Dr. Chisholm obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 1994. He completed externships at the F. D. R. Veteran’s Hospital in New York, The Vision Institute in Toronto and The Atwater Eye Clinic, where he received extensive training in the management of eye disease and post-operative care of cataract, glaucoma and retinal surgery.

It could be said that Optometry is in Dr. Chisholm’s blood. His father, grandfather and brother are all Optometrists. His father practices with him and his twin brother currently practices in Sudbury, Ontario.

In his spare time Dr. Chisholm enjoys camping and fishing with his family in the summer. He is kept busy skiing and snowmobiling during the winter, as well as playing with the Timmins Police Pipes and Drums year round. Dr. Chisholm is married with two sons. Dr. Chisholm earned his private pilot’s license in 2010 and enjoys flying for the local, annual Young Eagles Flights at the Timmins airport.

Dr. Michael Flondra

Dr. Michael Flondra graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1986. He established a solo practice working in Timmins and also serving many Northern Ontario Aboriginal Coastal Communities with quality eye care for many years. In November 2010, he moved his solo practice to work in association with Dr. Bill Chisholm’s clinic.

Dr. Flondra is married and has one daughter and two sons.

Drs. Chisholm & Passmore (retired)

Dr. James Chisholm officially retired June 11th, 2015, after 62 years working as an optometrist.  He practiced in Northeastern Ontario, since graduating in 1954 from the College of Optometrists in Toronto. He originally began working in North Bay. He moved to Timmins in 1958 and opened a practice on Pine Street. On May 20th, 2014, Dr. James Chisholm began his 61st year working as an optometrist, proudly serving the vision care needs of Northeastern Ontario. Jim had been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Timmins for many years. Together with his wife Madlyn they have three sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. They enjoy summers together at the cottage. Congratulations to Dr. James Chisholm for receiving the first ever 2000 Ontario Association of Optometrists ‘Millenium Award for Public Service’. The Millenium Award recognizes a member of the Ontario Association of Optometrists who has performed extraordinary public service, in either a professional or non-professional capacity. The emphasis was on public service.


Dr. Dave Passmore retired at the end of October 2011. He graduated from the University of Waterloo, School of Optometry in 1974. He and his wife Meryl have a son and daughter and four grandchildren. They enjoy the outdoors and stay active golfing, walking, snowshoeing, skiing and travelling.

Full-Time Optometrist needed

Full-time or part-time Associate opportunity in a modern family clinic in Timmins, ON. We continue to maintain a large & loyal patient base. This is thanks to a fashion forward eyewear gallery and a dedication to offering only the best qualityservice and lenses to our patients since 1961.

The clinic is well established, with a bilingual staff and in-office lens edging. Advanced diagnostic equipment include a Topcon 3D-OCT with a digital fundus camera, 740i Humphrey fields, corneal topographer, pachymeter and Visioffice. We also have an excellent relationship with the local retinal ophthalmologist.

You must be an O.A.O. member and TPA certified. New ODs are welcome.

Please visit my website: www.2020eyedocs.ca and take a video tour of the newly renovated clinic.

CONTACT: Name: Dr. Bill Chisholm

E-Mail: vision20@vianet.ca

Phone: Work: 1-866-372-8338