Dr. Spear grew up close to the Toronto Eye Clinic in the Lawrence Park area graduating from Lawrence Park Collegiate. He did a pre-med BSc in Canada and continued University in Tennessee to get his Doctor of Optometry degree. Dr. Spear completed his internship at St. Luke’s Cataract and Intraocular Lens Hospital in Florida. He had further training at North-eastern State University in the treatment and management of ocular disease. During his studies, Dr. Spear was awarded membership to the Gold Key International Society for demonstrating outstanding professional and ethical attitude through leadership and service to his class, college, and profession . Dr. Spear was a member of the board for the Canadian Glaucoma Research Society and has been involved as an eye doctor with the Olympic Medical Commission and has written for and been on the board of several health journals.