My mother is a high myope and an incredible country community minded health professional. My brother is partially blind, and I too am a high myope. Through childhood experiences with the eye health industry, I wanted to combine my love of medical science with working and helping country people. I’ve been an optometrist for 14 years and feel incredibly proud that we can offer our regional patients a complete eye health service, despite our relative isolation. In my spare time, I love experiencing good food and drinks with my family and friends. We are fortunate to live on beautiful Lake Boga, and my husband, four children and I enjoy swimming, water-skiing and boating during Summer and Autumn, as well as going to the beach any chance I get. I also thoroughly enjoy coaching junior netball, as well as still have a run around myself.
Vision is an important part of our lives, and is something that can be easily taken for granted. It is very rewarding being able to impact positively on someones life by way of improving their vision. Outside of work, I am a big sports fan and enjoy both spectating and playing tennis as well as going down to see Geelong play at the MCG. I also value catching up with my family and friends, and travelling to new places.
Practice Manager / Optical Dispenser / Director
Began work at Swan Hill and Kerang Optical in 2007. Diploma of Dispensing from RMIT in 2009. Qualified Senior Dispenser and Practice Manager since 2011. Completion of Advanced Ophthalmic Optics 1 Mentorship Program through the Academy of Advanced Ophthalmic Optics. I absolutely love my job. This is an ever changing industry, which not only looks after the health of peoples eyes but can make big changes to a persons lifestyle, and I am extremely happy to be a part of it! I am also a mother of 5 children who keep me busy outside of work. I love helping with school and preschool fundraising and are on the committees who make big changes for our children. My husband and I have lived in Swan Hill for most of our lives and value what a small community like this can offer to our family.
Commenced employment at Swan Hill and Kerang Optical in 2014. Attainment of various modules from the Essilor Academy Online, and has completed a Certificate IV in Small Business Management. Stephanie has completed her Certificate 4 in Optical Dispensing through RMIT in Melbourne and become a qualified Optical Dispenser for our practice.
Receptionist/Trainee Optical Dispenser
Chloe started January 2020 and signed up to complete her Optical Dispensing Certificate IV qualification with us through the Academy of Optical Dispensing. When she’s not helping choose the latest frames, repairing your glasses, scheduling appointments or choosing lenses that best suit your needs, you can find her hanging with friends, sourcing a good place for brunch, playing tennis or on the netball court for Lake Boga.
Commenced employment at Kerang Optical in June 2017, and works between the practices. Over 7 years of exceptional customer service. Kati has enrolled to complete her Optical Dispensing Certificate IV through the Academy of Optical Dispensing.
Commenced employment at Kerang Optical in 2019. A well known local in the Kerang community, Gayle is a great asset to us with her knowledge of the area, and has been busily training within our store since starting.