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Fiona Anderson — ABDO President

BSc(Hons) FBDO R SMC(Tech)
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Having qualified in 1986 I have had many different roles within the profession.

I started out as a pre-reg DO in an independent group in the north east of Scotland, then became a practice manager, then an area manager & finally within this organisation their training manager.

Following a management buyout, there was nowhere else to go, so, I decided after 25 years to become self-employed & spent 2 very enjoyable years as a Locum DO.

In June 2012, I became a director of the practice where I am now based in the commuter town of Ellon, north of Aberdeen. My main interests in practice are spectacle lenses, quality dispensing, paediatrics & customer service. I also spend some weeks training & mentoring. In addition to this I devote as much time as I can to my work with the ABDO Board & the wider optical organisations and events.

Professional Positions held: ABDO President, ABDO Area 12 Chairman, ABDO College Trustee, AOP Independent Practitioners Committee member, OC Joint Education Committee member, OSSG Committee member, Optometry Scotland Council Member, Grampian AOC Observer, WCSM Liveryman.

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Chedy Kalach

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Chedy Kalach began his optical life when first qualified as an Orthoptist in 2001, and soon after moved into the retail and spectacle sphere of Optical Dispensing. Working with both corporate chains and independent practices, Chedy gained his Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing in 2004. Ever eager to learn, develop and grow, Chedy began his teaching career in 2009, completed the Certificate IV in Training and Assesement, gained a Masters of Business Administration in 2012, and has now taught across a variety of TAFE NSW institutes in both Australia and New Zealand.

After some years of consideration, and in partnership with one of his original teachers James Gibbins, Chedy launched Australasia’s newest and now largest school of optical dispensing – The Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD), enrolling students throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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James Gibbins has been a dedicated optical dispenser practitioner since 1983, gaining his optical qualifications in Optical Dispensing and Optical Mechanics along the way.

Passionate about guiding and training any new employee in sight, the move from practitioner to educator was a natural fit. James began his teaching career with TAFE NSW at Sydney Institute (Ultimo) in 1997 and his since taught with OTEN (Western Sydney Institute), Sydney Institute (Randwick) and the University of New South Wales, gaining his teaching qualifications along the way (Bachelor of Adult Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessing).

In January 2017, along with close mate and teaching colleague Chedy Kalach, James launched Australasia’s newest and now largest school of optical dispensing – The Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD), enrolling students throughout Australia and New Zealand.

James is married to Annie, lives in Sydney Australia, is the father of 5 young adults and tries to squeeze in some sport and pastoral care work in his spare time.

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Stephen Caunter — ANZ

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Over the years Stephen's presentations have constantly entertained as well as informed and hopefully inspired. Stephen has travelled the South Island (and comes to the North Island just for ADONZ!) presenting over 150 workshops and seminars to over 1000 participants.

Outside of work Stephen is interested in all kinds of sports, involved with five children in their endeavours and when time permits turns his hand to restoring vintage machinery.

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Glenn Bolton — ILS

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John Clemence and Glenn Bolton set up Independent Lens Specialists in July 2006, realising the need for a top quality independent laboratory. With John’s and Glenn’s experience and a dedicated, experienced team, they have built their business on Quality and Service.

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Kristine Hammond — Dispensing Optician

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Kristine has been one of the DO members of the ODOB since 2015. She is a dispensing optician at the University of Auckland (UOA) School of Optometry and Vision Science working in the UOA clinics supervising and teaching Part IV and Part V optometry students in optical dispensing.  Prior to this, Kristine spent 5 years working for the Ministry of Social Development primarily as a programme co-ordinator and work broker. During that time, she completed the National Certificate in Public Sector Services Level 4.

Kristine was employed by OPSM from 1993 – 2004, working as a Dispensing Optician, Store Manager and Area Manager. While working for OPSM she gained her Dispensing Opticians qualification from OTEN, Sydney (with distinction), the NZ Institute of Management – Train the Trainer certificate, and the Retail ITO National Certificate.

In 2014, Kristine completed the Association of British Dispensing Opticians fellowship diploma – FBDO O/S.

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Jennifer Craig — Auckland University

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Carly Henley — Orthoptist

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I have a newly created role within Ophthalmology as the Allied Health Unit Manager. Started in November last year and still covering clinics as they haven't replaced me in clinic yet as we are struggling to recruit Orthoptists, which is a countrywide issue. As you know I'm also the NZOSI President which I'm standing down from in May due to not having the time or energy to give the position my full attention. I have been the President for almost 6 years now so it's time I passed on the responsibility.

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TBC

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Victoria Lessing

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Born and bred in Europe, Victoria (Deaf) knew from young age that teaching was her forte; as soon as she became a young adult, she has delivered over thousands of hours of NZSL tuition as well as over hundreds of Deaf cultural presentations in most parts of New Zealand since 2000.

Victoria was involved in the development of NZSL teaching curriculum and resource for adults as well for families learning NZSL students. She has a huge passion in inspiring people through teaching language and culture programmes. So students can communicate with Deaf people when they meet later in their lives.

Victoria became co-director for NZSL-related social enterprise company "Merge NZ" with her business partner (Jaime Brown). Merge NZ has flourished and currently delivers wide range of NZSL-related training programmes for people to learn NZSL as well to become NZSL tutors.

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Niall McCormack

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Niall has been a passionate practising optometrist for 30yrs focusing on Children's Vision and behavioural optometry. Throughout this time Niall has also provided voluntary works to the Fred Hollows Foundation (NZ), Voluntary Ophthalmic Services Overseas (VOSO) and Vision Aid Overseas. He is the founder of the charity Eye Care for Africa. He also works at Hawkes Bay hospital testing children’s eyesight.
As a committed optometrist Niall has completed continued studies to be certified in Ocular Pharmacology and Ocular Therapeutics.

In 2015 Niall was recognised by his peers and awarded a Fellow Member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In 2018 he added the Fellowship of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists.

In his spare time, Niall has also gained a BA Major in Chinese from Massey.

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Dr Trevor Gray — Eye Institute - Vision Correction Specialists

MBChB (UCT), FRANZCO
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Dr Trevor Gray is a Refractive-Cataract Surgery and Corneal Surgery (pterygium and corneal transplant) Specialist. He has significant experience in Cataract Surgery, and is very highly trained.

Happy word-of-mouth recommendations and direct referrals from eye care professionals are the foundation of Dr Trevor Gray's busy Cataract and Corneal Surgery practice.

Patients, Optometrist and GP referrers trust Dr Gray's solid reputation for leading edge microsurgery, his passion for excellence and ability to communicate well.

Dr Gray is married to Caroline, a Breast Physician and magical juggler of kids, dog, home, profession and obsessive compulsive husband. He has two "cool kids" (now young adults) who love guitar, Kiwi music, surfing and skiing. Trevor tries to keep up with the kids surfing, skiing, sea kayaking and golfing... but is slowly losing ground to the younger generation!

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