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Optometrist, CEO of Dr. Bruce Coward and Associate

Dr. Bruce Coward was born and raised in Trenton, Ontario. He received his undergraduate prerequisites from Queen’s University, and his Doctor of Optometry from the University of Waterloo in 1983. Dr. Coward lives in Batawa Ontario with his wife Anne Marie and their two children Joseph and Maria. Dr. Coward has been active both with his professional association and also with numerous local public service groups .


Dr. Maria Coward grew up in the community of Batawa Ontario. Some of her fondest memories of the area are skiing at the Batawa Ski Hill, exploring the outdoor trails, and going into town for a movie and pizza.

Dr. Maria studied an Honour’s Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She then completed a dual Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science degree at the New England College of Optometry in Boston. Her research investigated the early diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration using colour vision.

Dr. Maria is a third-generation optometrist, following in the footsteps of her father Dr. Bruce Coward and grandfather Dr. Leonard Coward (who founded the practice back in 1949). She is passionate about primary care as well as low vision management. She has appointments available at all three office locations: Belleville, Trenton and Brighton.

When not working, Dr. Maria enjoys biking, watching movies with her fiancé and cat, and spending time with her family. Dr. Maria is so excited to finally be returning to the area and to be joining her family’s practice.


Nathalie Renaud was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science in 1996 and from the School of Optometry at Université de Montréal in 2000. She has been practicing optometry with Dr. Bruce Coward and Associates since 2000 and speaks English and French. Dr. Renaud currently lives in Brighton with her husband and daughter.


Dr. Tzeng graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1999, where he received his Honours Bachelors of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees. During his training, he worked at several practices including the Eye Institute of Utah which specialized in ocular disease and treatment.
Dr. Tzeng is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Associations of Optometry. He has many interests in optometry including contact lens therapies, ocular disease and therapeutic eye care, and laser vision consultation and co-management.


Dr Sanyukta Awale graduated from the University of Mumbai, Lotus College of Optometry, India, with academic honors. After graduation she continued with an extensive fellowship in Clinical Optometry, at LV Prasad Eye Institute. During her fellowship, she gained excellent experience while working on emergency/post operative patients, handling challenging cases in the area of cornea, retina, glaucoma, binocular vision and low vision aids. She has also provided eye care to the poor/under privileged in rural India through non-profitable organizations.To excel in her career as an Optometrist she obtained advanced certification in Optometry from University of Waterloo, Ontario. She then started working as an Associate with Dr. Bruce Coward and Associates. She is a member of College of Optometrists, Ontario and meets College TPA Education Policy requirements. Dr Awale is actively involved in attending conferences and seminars to keep her self up-to-date with current affairs. In her leisure time, she enjoys classical dancing, exercising and traveling.