Our Optometrists

About Ian

Ian Bluntish, optometrist, Holdfast Bay Optometry

Ian Bluntish has over 35 years’ experience in a wide range of optometric practices around Australia and has been based at Glenelg for over 20 years now. Like all health professions optometry has been continually changing over that time and  Ian has a keen interest in, and commitment to, keeping abreast of these opportunities. As well as being a committed clinician, Ian is also active in the broader optometric profession. He is a past member and chair of the Optometric Association Board (SA and National), and is currently chair of the Optometrists Registration Board and Provision, the latter organisation which supports and encourages independent optometry.

About Joanne

Joanne Thomas, optometrist, Holdfast Bay Optometry

Joanne Thomas has over 35 years’ experience as an optometrist which until recently had been spent in managing her own practices in Canberra. As a Behavioural Optometrist she has a strong interest in children’s vision and the impact this has on their development and learning.



About Lisa

Lisa has been working with us for some years in a support role while completing her Optometry Degree at Flinders University and has decided to continue with  us now as a fully fledged member of the Optometry profession!  As well as the enthusiasm and wonderful warm personality which we are all familiar with, Lisa’s qualifications allow her to prescribe for and manage a range of ocular disease  conditions, a real bonus for our patients who will no longer have to be referred on for primary eye health care.

Our Practice Staff


Kristy, our Practice Manager, is a qualified optical dispenser with over 20 years’ experience in large and small optometry practices in Tasmania and Victoria. She combines this experience with a comprehensive optical knowledge and a passion for fashion eyewear. Her professional advice and assistance to our clients with finding the perfect frame for that distinctive look is invaluable.

Sue has many years’ experience as an optical dispenser working for some of the largest optical practices in Adelaide. In more recent times Sue has enjoyed working in independent practices where her flare and interest in contemporary fashion eyewear have been appreciated!

Tayla is relatively new to the optical industry – and Adelaide – she is a Broken Hill native, but with a strong background in customer service she is enjoying her new career path. As a mum of two young and very busy boys, Tayla’s patience and understanding with young and old alike has made her very popular.


Holdfast Bay Optometry