Our Team

Justin Durkin

Justin Durkin

Optometrist

B.Optom(UNSW), Grad.Cert.Oc.Therapeutics(QUT)

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Justin has a Bachelor of Optometry and Graduate Certificate in Ocular therapeutics. Justin has a keen interest in diagnosing and treating eye disease and can prescribe ocular therapeutics for a range of ocular conditions. Justin has completed the Master’s Module through Australian College of Behavioural Optometry, as well as a Sports Vision certification, including a specialty module in prescribing shooting glasses. On top of this, Justin is the Chairman of Eyecare Plus Australia, Australia largest branded independent group of optometrists and a busy father to three teenagers.

Sara Black

Sara Black

Optometrist

B.App. Sci (Optom) MACBO

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Sara has been an optometrist since 1992, when she graduated from Q.U.T in Brisbane. She has three school-aged children, a husband and two sausage dogs who keep her busy. Sara is like many of her fellow optometrists and requires vision correction; she loves to mix it up with contact lenses and funky spectacles! In her free time, Sara enjoys reading, travelling, walking her dogs, playing with her kids, trivia nights and experimenting in the kitchen.

Sara has completed her fellowship in behavioural optometry and has been appointed to the exam board in this field. She completed her Masters in Behavioural Optometry in 2000. Behavioural optometry involves a holistic approach to assessing vision, where we consider vision as more than the ability to see the bottom line on the eye chart. Vision is a complex sense that guides our actions and helps us to make sense of our environment.

Behavioural optometry embraces vision as our primary learning sense and looks at not only what we can see, but how we process the visual information we take in. Behavioural optometry also looks at our visual efficiency with an intensive battery of visual performance tests. These assess ability to sustain clear near focusing, changing focus easily from distance to near, keep our place when we read and point and team our eyes together in an effective way. Vision problems can be greatly improved with appropriate Vision Therapy which is an integral part of our practice.

Sara’s special interests are in vision-related learning difficulties, contact lenses and binocular vision. She also assesses and diagnoses eye pathology, using our state of the art equipment including retinal photography and OCT.

 

 

Jess Manner

Jessica Manner

Optometrist

BAppSci (Optom) (Hons1)

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Jessica is a local Ashgrovian who graduated from QUT in 2004 with First Class Honours. She is a caring practitioner and passionate about providing the best possible outcomes for all her patients.  She has a particular interest in dry eye management and treatment.  In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, long lunches with friends and spending time with her wonderful husband and two children.

Anthea Nalder

Anthea Nalder

Optometrist

B.Optom (QUT)

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Anthea’s goal is to provide excellent clinical eye care assessments and to ensure our patients achieve the best vision possible with spectacles or contacts. She prides herself on being able to relate to people and ensure that they leave with a full understanding of their vision needs and eye health assessment. Anthea also works at the Vision Eye Institute. When not looking into people’s eyes, she can be found walking her dog or going to the gym.

Kate Butterworth

Kate Butterworth

Practice Manager & Optical Dispenser      

Certificate 4 in Optical Dispensing (14 years of experience in optics); Bachelor of Health Science

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Kate is passionate about eyecare:

"Our patients are not just a pair of eyes to us.  We value all our patients and I love being able to work with them to help them find a look they love, and the lens design best suited to their lifestyle."

Kate's top tip for eye health is to have regular eye exams.  Eye tests are recommended at least every 12 months to two years, depending on individual needs, and of course at Eyecare Plus Ashgrove we have great optometrists and state-of-the-art equipment.

 

Christine Searle

Christine Searle

Optical Assistant     

 

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Christine joins the team at Eyecare Plus Ashgrove after a stint working for an independent optometrist in Auckland, New Zealand as an optical assistant.

Christine's favourite thing about working at Eyecare Plus Ashgrove is helping clients find their perfect eyewear match, and being part of a team that provides a premium service.

Christine's top eyecare tip is to give your eyes a regular break, especially if you spend long periods of time on computers or reading.