Our Doctors

Dr Robert Lidkea – Dr Bruce Lidkea

Doctors of optometry

In 1952 Dr. Robert Lidkea founded our Clinic. In 1994 Dr. Bruce Lidkea joined the practice. We have 4 full time and 1 part time staff who offer a variety of skills to provide our patients with a high level of professional service. Our staff works together to provide prompt optometric care to all patients that visit our Clinic.

Dr Robert Lidkea – Optometrist and Clinic Founder

Dr Robert LidkeaDr. Robert Lidkea came to Fort Frances in 1952 to become part of the Fort Frances Clinic, which at that time had 2 M.D.’s, 1 Dentist, an Optometrist and a Pharmacy. When the Fort Frances Clinic decided to expand and relocate, he took the option to remain in the original space and enlarge. Over the years the practice grew and expanded. Since Dr. Bruce Lidkea joined the practice (1994) he has adjusted his work schedule to 3 days a week. In 1995 the practice took over the entire building and did a major renovation.

Dr. Robert Lidkea graduated as a "Registered Optometrist" in 1952, from the College of Optometrists in Toronto. In 1957 and 1958 he returned for post graduate studies and earned his "Doctor of Optometry". He was President of the Ontario Association of Optometrists from 1975 to 1976. He was accepted as a fellow in the American Academy of Optometrists in 1983 and was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Waterloo in 1987.

Bob has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Fort Frances since 1952 and has 47 years of perfect attendance. He became President in 1961 (the youngest President in the history of the Club) and was elected Lt. Governor in 1973-1974. Later he again served as President in 1996 - 1997 and currently has been the secretary for the last 4 years.

He was elected to Town Council for 2 terms (5 years) and served on many local boards. One of the appointments was as the representative on the District Health Council where he became Vice Chairman. The District Health Council asked him to remain on, as a member of the Emergency Health Committee and he worked at district, regional and provincial levels.
Bob is a very active member of St. John’s Anglican Church where he is a lay reader.

Congratulations to Dr. R.E. Lidkea for receiving the Ontario Association of Optometrists '2004 Millenium Award for Public Service'. The Millenium Award recognizes a member of the Ontarion Association of Optometrists who has performed extraordinary public service, in either a professional or non-profesional capacity. The emphasis is on public service.

Dr. R.E. Lidkea also received the great honour of being named “Fort Frances’ Citizen Of The Year” in 2007.
Dr. R.E. Lidkea is a co-founder of the local Builders Club program, which is now available at 2 local elementary schools.


Dr Bruce Lidkea – Optometrist and Clinic Director

Dr Bruce LidkeaDr. Bruce Lidkea was born and raised in Fort Frances. After Graduating Grade 13 (OAC) at Fort Frances High School, he proceeded to earn his Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. He received his Doctor of Optometry degree from Indiana University in 1994. Dr. Lidkea’s training included a 4 month Ocular Disease rotation at the F.D.R. Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, New York and a 4 month Ocular Disease/Pediatric rotation at the White River Apache Reservation Public Health Service Hospital in White River, Arizona. He was also fortunate to be able to be a member of the Rotary Group Study Exchange to the Alsace region of France in 1996. Upon graduation He joined the practice of his father, Dr. R.E. Lidkea as an associate. He became a partner in 1997.

During the Summer of 2004, He was made Adjunct Faculty of the University of Waterloo School of Optometry by supervising 4th year externs during their Primary Care clinical rotations.

In the Fall of 2004, He enrolled in a correspondence Master of Business Administration degree through the Edinburgh Business School / Heriot-Watt University. Dr. Lidkea received a Post-Graduate Certificate of Business Administration in July 2005. He is currently working on completion of his MBA courses.

His wife, Jennifer is a driving force behind the business operation of the Clinic. They have one son, Cameron, who was born on Dr.Bruce Lidkea’s Birthday in 1999 (best gift ever!). They also have a daughter, Piper Alexandra who was born April 25th, 2006. He has been President of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce (1998). He is also very involved with Bagpiping. Dr. Lidkea has been a member of the Fort Frances Highlanders Pipes and Drums since 1996 and has been Pipe Major (musical director) from 2001 to present. He also teaches the youth bagpipe and tenor drum program in Fort Frances. In 2003, He enjoyed a full season playing and competing as a member of the Winnipeg Celtic Pipe Band (an upper level competitive Pipe Band).

Dr. Bruce Lidkea held a seat on the boards of directors of The Ontario Association Of Optometrists for 4 years (elected by his peers for two 2 year terms). During this time he served as both the Education Board Lead and the Advocacy? Boards Lead and was chairperson for the practice management intiative to develop a Staffing Manual template.

In 2011 Dr. Bruce Lidkea was added to the faculty of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine as Lidkea Optometry is a learning site for medical students doing their rotations through Riverside Health Care/Laverendrye Hospital.

  • Certification in the Treatment & Management of Ocular Disease by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry.
  • Certification in Nutrition and eye care by THE VISION INSTITUTE OF CANADA
  • Certification in  Aboriginal Vision Health by THE VISION INSTITUTE OF CANADA