Meet Our Doctors

General Ophthalmology practice and surgical facility

We are pleased to welcome you to Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser, our comprehensive ophthalmology practice and surgical facility located in south central Surrey, co-founded in 2013 by Dr. Gabriel Chu and Dr. Joseph King. As a state-of-the-art medical and surgical facility, we stay current in diagnostic and surgical procedures and continually endeavor to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.

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Left to right: Dina Pharand-Ophthalmic Technician; Paula Simonsen-Clinic Manager; Kulvir Dhaliwal-Optometrist; Joseph King-Ophthalmologist; Karen Moosbrugger-Ophthalmologist; Gabriel Chu-Ophthalmologist; Elisa Messina-Ophthalmic Technician

Joseph King, MD
Dr. KingDr. Joseph King

Having dedicated his career to refractive surgery and strongly believing in the amazing results and safety of laser vision correction, Dr. King decided to undergo LASIK surgery himself. “Swimming, running, and surgery are all so much easier without eyeglasses. I love my 20/15 vision and I love helping people experience clear vision for the first time!” Dr. King and his wife Holly have four young children: William, Lucie, Charles, and Leo. In his free time, he enjoys activities with his family and training for marathons.

Dr. Joseph King graduated from the University Of British Columbia School Of Medicine in Vancouver. After graduating, he completed an internship at several hospitals affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Subsequently, Dr. King completed his ophthalmology residency training at Case Western Reserve, St. Luke’s Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio where he served as Chief Resident in his final year. Following his ophthalmology residency, he went on to a fellowship in laser vision correction at the University of South Florida Eye Institute. Dr. King was on staff at LASIK Vision Institute in Bellevue, Wash, LASIK MD and Restore Vision Centers in British Columbia and Alberta.

In 2013, Dr. King along with Dr. Gabriel Chu opened Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser Centre (FVCL), a comprehensive ophthalmology and surgical facility. Dr. King has a diverse general ophthalmology practice at FVCL including, but not limited to, patients with glaucoma, diabetes, and cataracts. He has extensive experience performing small incision cataract surgery with topical anesthesia and is also a leader in the field of laser vision correction. He is committed to having the best and safest technology available, which influenced his decision to use the Intralase Femtosecond and the VISX Star 4 IR lasers here at FVCL.

ASSOCIATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)
  • BC Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (BCSEPS)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

To schedule an appointment with Dr. King, please call 604-372-(EYES) 3937.

Gabriel Chu, MD
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Dr. Gabriel Chu

Dr. Gabriel Chu is a native of Edmonton, Alberta. He received his medical degree from the University of Alberta, going on to complete his surgical training at the University of Western Ontario. There, he received Fellow status with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCSC). He is a faculty member at the University of British Columbia.

It is one of Dr. Chu’s priorities to stay up-to-date in his field, exploring all advances in technique and technology. He is always looking for ways to enhance his patients’ care. Dr. Chu says that his mission is to offer each and every patient the best in eye care to achieve the best vision possible.

Dr. Chu spends most of his spare time with his wife, his daughter Aubree, and their dog, Milo. Together, they run, hike, and bike frequently. Dr. Chu also enjoys reading and photography. He is passionate about staying physically fit and trying new things. He had laser surgery himself in December 2015 at FVCL with Dr. J. King.

ASSOCIATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA)
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)
  • BC Society of Eye Physicians & Surgeons (BCSEPS)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS)

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu, please call 604-372-(EYES) 3937.

Karen Moosbrugger, MD
Dr. Moosbrugger
Dr. Karen Moosbrugger

“Having the ability to cure eye disease and to restore vision is the most rewarding work possible in medicine.  I have a special skill for communicating with the elderly and the very ill as I can empathize and reassure, giving them a sense that they have been heard and understood.  I have kept the scope of my practice broad as my motto is, ‘Nobody is turned away.  If I can’t help them, I will find someone who can’.”  In her spare time, Dr. Moosbrugger is a “full-time” manager of her teenage daughter’s busy competitive highland dance career.  She also enjoys pursuing a side interest in fashion design as well as staying active and fit through running and exercising with her rescue mutt Joey.

Dr. Moosbrugger obtained her doctorate degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador.  She graduated in the top 5% of her class and won the prestigious Janice E. Lessard Award, a scholarship recognizing her devotion to the well-being of our geriatric population.  Her ophthalmology training was at The Ivey Eye Institute in London, Ontario alongside Dr. Gabriel Chu.  During her residency, her talent for teaching medicine was recognized when she won the Schulich School of Medicine Resident Teaching Award and was short-listed for the Ontario-wide PAIRO resident teaching award.

Upon graduation, Dr. Moosbrugger started her own comprehensive ophthalmology practice on Vancouver Island and performed cataract surgeries, laser treatments, and eyelid procedures.  She was delighted to join the team at Fraser Valley Cataract & Laser Centre as this has allowed her to reach an even broader range of patients where she has continued to apply her experience and skill set.

ASSOCIATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)
  • Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS)
  • British Columbia Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (BCSEPS)

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Moosbrugger, please call 604-372-(EYES) 3937.

Kulvir Dhaliwal, OD Optometrist
Dr. Dhaliwal
Dr. Kulvir Dhaliwal

“I strive to maintain excellent eye care and welcome each and every patient into our practice. Your vision and eye health are my focus.”

Dr. Kulvir Dhaliwal was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and has been practicing in the Fraser Valley since 2011. In his spare time, Kulvir enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and also taking time for an occasional round of golf.

Dr. Dhaliwal graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Optometry in Waterloo, Ontario. During his time in Waterloo, he was the acting President of the Canadian Association of Optometry Students. Some of his duties included publishing a yearly student handbook, along with organizing an annual interview day, matching graduating students with practicing optometrists from all across Canada. He also participated in an externship in Orlando, Florida in a multi-doctor primary care optometry office.

Upon graduating, Dr. Dhaliwal returned to his hometown in Edmonton to practice, where he partnered in two comprehensive eye care clinics. Both of these clinics provided complete eye care including contact lens fitting and dispensing glasses. In 2011, Dr. Dhaliwal and his family decided to relocate to the Fraser Valley where his wife’s family resides, to join Dr. Gabriel Chu’s practice in Abbotsford and in November 2013, he joined Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • College of Optometrists of British Columbia (COBC)
  • British Columbia Doctors of Optometry (BCDO)

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Dhaliwal, please call 604-372-(EYES) 3937.

Darren Payne, MD
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Dr. Darren Payne

“I knew early on that I wanted to become an ophthalmologist and was awarded a private scholarship and accepted into medicine after 2 years of CEGEP (a pre-university college) in Quebec at the tender age of 18! The microsurgical precision that is required is one of the reasons why I chose this specialty along with the incredible feeling of joy I experience when I preserve or restore vision.”

In his spare time, Dr. Payne enjoys spending time with this wife, Mary and their two grown sons, Sean and Andrew. You may also see him on the golf course or enjoying a variety of water sports.

EDUCATION

Dr. Payne obtained his doctorate degree and completed his ophthalmology residency from the University of Montreal School of Medicine. Prior to starting residency, he attended New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Centre to further his ophthalmology training. After completion of his residency program, he completed the Lancaster course in ophthalmology at Colby College in the state of Maine to prepare for all ophthalmology exams including American Board of Ophthalmology, Royal College of Canada, and the ophthalmology specialty in Quebec.

EXPERIENCE

Dr. Payne has built a successful general ophthalmology and surgical career performing cataract and refractive surgery as well as oculoplastics. He began his career in Quebec where he owned and operated a private surgical facility for 14 years. Every summer, he would also travel to northern Quebec to provide medical attention to a severely un-serviced region. In 2004, he relocated to Florida working at the Mullis Eye Institute-a private surgical facility where he performed cataract surgery, eyelid procedures, and laser vision correction. Dr. Payne was pleased to return to Canada in 2017 and join the team at Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)
  • Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Payne, please call 604-372-(EYES) 3937.

Aaron Chiam, OD Optometrist
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Dr. Aaron Chiam

“Helping patients with their visual needs is a real passion of mine. The one thing I enjoy most about primary practice is building a connection with my patients and taking the time for them to understand their ocular health. On the surgical side, it always brings great joy to see post-operative patients as I get to hear how much of a positive impact their new vision has had on their life.”

When Dr. Chiam is not busy seeing patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and connecting with family and friends.

EDUCATION

Dr. Chiam studied at Simon Fraser University where he majored in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with a Research Honours project in lipid regulation genetics. After graduation, he attended the New England College of Optometry and continued his interest in research, working with Boston University’s School of Medicine looking at retinal microvascular abnormalities.

EXPERIENCE

Upon graduating, Dr. Chiam returned to Vancouver, British Columbia to practice in primary care optometry. He joined Dr. Joseph King at King LASIK in Burnaby providing pre and post-operative laser vision correction care. He also worked for Sears Optical providing complete eye care including contact lens fitting and dispensing glasses. He was pleased to join Fraser Valley Cataract and Laser in 2017 to continue primary care as well as medical optometry.

ASSOCIATIONS

  • College of Optometrists of British Columbia (COBC)
  • British Columbia Doctors of Optometry (BCDO)

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Chiam, please call 604-372-(EYES) 3937.

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