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Gravenhurst Optometry, formerly Dr. Paul Monk Optometry, was established in July 1980 promptly after graduation from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. The initial office was only 800 square feet. After a request from the Bracebridge medical community a second office was opened in 1982 in Bracebridge. Both practices operated under Dr. Paul Monk Optometry until 1996 when the Bracebridge office was sold. Dr. Monk Optometry then resided solely in Gravenhurst. The office moved in 1996 to our current building of 2200 square feet. This building supports multiple exam rooms and a larger frame area. In 2018 Dr. Rachel Nevicato joined the practice and in 2020 she purchased the practice. The new operating name of Gravenhurst Optometry was born. Dr. Monk continues to provide eye care to the community in his new role as an associate.


Dr. Monk started practicing optometry in 1980. He moved to Muskoka after graduation from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry. Throughout his extensive career Dr. Monk has enjoyed serving the residents and visitors of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, and surrounding areas. He continues to provide the community with exceptional full scope optometric care. In the past Dr. Monk was involved with the College of Optometrists of Ontario writing professional standards of practice. Since 1999 Dr. Monk has brought eye care to the two local federal prisons. He has served as an expert witness in many civil litigation cases. In his spare time Paul enjoys boating and flying. He is a proud husband, father, and grandfather.

Dr. Rachel Nevicato

Dr. Nevicato graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2017 and joined Gravenhurst Optometry in February 2018. She practices full scope optometry and has a particular interest in pediatric eye exams. Rachel grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and has truly enjoyed the community feel and outdoor adventures that Muskoka has to offer. Rachel is excited and proud to be the owner of a business with deep roots in the community of Gravenhurst.