MEET OUR TEAM.
At Central Otago Optical, it is all about the people. Meet our passionate team of eye care specialists and find out what they can do for you.
BOptom (Hons) TPA CAA
Hunter graduated in 2003, took ownership of Central Otago Optical in 2006 and opened the Cromwell practice in 2009. His highly professional approach and his drive to innovate means that you can always be assured of the best and most up-to-date eye care. He prides himself on being an early adopter and continually works to stay at the forefront of technology.
Hunter has experience in all facets of optometry, but is particularly interested in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, tricky contact lens fitting, and dry eye treatment. He has led the charge on many fronts locally, including the introduction of specialised glaucoma detection equipment and being the first to offer Orthokeratology treatment in the region. Hunter completed further study at Dunedin Eye Hospital in 2017 to become endorsed to independently manage glaucoma locally. Hunter is easy-going and a tiny bit hilarious – so expect to leave his office with a grin on your face.
When not gazing into people’s eyes, Hunter enjoys rock climbing, skiing, playing the guitar and singing. He currently lives in Alexandra with his wife, Katie, and their twins Chloe and Zac.
Nikki is a therapeutically qualified optometrist who has been living and working in Central Otago since 2008. After graduating in 1995, she has worked in a wide variety of practice settings around New Zealand where she found her passion for Community Optometry.
Nikki has done volunteer work in the Pacific Islands, and continues to donate her time to various community organisations. With three young boys at home, Nikki is now actively involved in the school committee and the Scouts.
B.Optom (Hons), TPA, CAA
Katie has a passion for children’s vision and specialises in paediatrics and ocular pathology. The Behavioural Optometry testing and Vision Therapy Programme run by Katie helps us to better serve our patients, particularly our younger patients who may be struggling at school. She loves working with children and always tries to make eye exams fun.
As a fully qualified optometrist, Katie has therapeutic prescribing rights, which makes it more convenient to get the treatment you require from Central Otago Optical. She is also CAA accredited to provide eye examinations for pilots. In her spare time Katie is a mum to twins and enjoys making the most of the Central Otago lifestyle when time permits - skiing, rock climbing, and biking.
Jess has been working in optometry since 2003, and qualified as a Dispensing Optician from TAFE, NSW in 2011. She joined the Central Otago Optical team in 2011, and is part owner of the practice alongside Hunter.
Jess has a passion for finding the perfect frame and lenses for every person she consults with to give them their own individual look. She personally does all the frame buying for Central Optical and only selects frames that are of the highest quality and have a point of difference.
But Jess isn’t interested in looks alone. She goes on training courses on a yearly basis to help her keep up-to-date with new lens options and technology in order to offer only the best to her patients. Jess is also a busy mum of two boys.