Ian Bluntish has over 40 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 optometry profession. He is a past member and chair of the Optometry 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.
Joanne Thomas has over 40 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. She is also privileged to work with our Refugee Health Service in Adelaide and volunteers at the Special Olympics working with the Opening Eyes programme.
A Canadian by origin, Rachel began her optometry education at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and then moved to Australia, attending the Victorian College of Optometry at the University of Melbourne. After graduating in 2002, she has practised in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. She moonlights as a stand-up comedian under her maiden name and has appeared in televised comedy events in both Australia and Canada, and won numerous awards for her comedic talents.
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.
Gina is enjoying the new challenge of working in the optical industry and training to be an optical dispenser.
She has a strong background in retailing and design, skills and experience which are a real asset to our workplace. Her sense of style and dedication is evident in her approach to solving our clients’ problems, whether it be a dilemma over frame choices or the technicalities of the most appropriate lens to use.
Tarra, a qualified optical dispenser, has been part of the Adelaide optical industry since 2011. Her career in retail and health has prepared her for a strong customer service focus, and she particularly enjoys helping our young ones with that all important frame choice. As the mum of a young daughter she understand that need for the right look, even at a very young age! Of course, the young at heart are also looked after with the same care and attention to detail.
All members of the team regularly attend professional development to ensure our clients are offered the latest technology and solutions for their vision needs.