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Meet the team

The team of ten nine at Sercombe and Matheson Opticians is made up of three optometrists,three dispensing opticians, an optical technician, two receptionists and the practice manager. We're all Wellingtonians by choice. Wellington is a great place and it deserves to be seen clearly! We think that looking after your eyes should be a priority in life and we'd like to help you look after yours.

The Directors

Roger
 

Roger Sercombe, Dispensing Optician


Roger started work in what was then his parents' business in 1987 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1991. A couple of years working in London in the early nineties widened his experience and he returned to the family business in 1994 and that's when he initiated the lens edging and spectacle making part of the business. These days, Roger's particular area of expertise is progressive (multifocal) glasses - many previously dissatisfied wearers have benefited from his advice and problem solving skills  2016 saw Roger become a multifocal spectacle wearer so now he can empathise as well as advise.Outside work. his interests include mountain biking, movies and watching his daughters play sport.

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Anne Matheson, BOptom (Auckland) CertOcPharm

Optometrist


Anne's Bachelor's degree dates from 1986 but but she completed Auckland University's post-graduate Programme in Ocular Therapeutics in 2004. This allows her to prescribe a range of medications for eye conditions. Anne's particular work interests include multifocal contact lenses, glaucoma and its diagnosis and treatment, and social media. Anne is short-sighted and has been wearing glasses since she was eight and is now a mutifocal wearer herself. She thinks the film festival is the highlight of the Wellington winter, and  likes to swim outdoors  in the summer. Board games are a year-round enthusiasm. Anne works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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The Staff

 

Natalie Beardsworth, BSc(Hons), MCOptom FBDO
Optometrist


A qualified Dispensing Optician since 1996, Natalie went on to complete an optometry degree at the University of  Wales in Cardiff in 2002. She  worked as a hospital optometrist in the UK and emigrated to New Zealand in 2004. She has been with Sercombe and Matheson since 2007 and is currently studying towards a Masters in Clinical Optometry through the University of Melbourne. Her special interests include paediatric optometry and low vision services.Her out of work time is consumed by her young son,enjoying Wellington, reading, and hosting visitors from the UK. Natalie works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays in Thorndon and on Thursdays and Fridays at the Terrace.

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Richard Ng, BSc (Otago) BOptom (Auckland)
Optometrist

Richard has two university degrees which is impressive considering he doesn't like to read. 2016 has seen  him complete the Australian College of Optometry's Post Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutic He is a Wellingtonian born and raised but has visited many countries doing volunteer work abroad.  He is on the board of trustees of the New Life Foundation, Tanzania. Richard is interested in fashion trends in frames and sunglasses. Richard used to be shortsighted but since having laser surgery in 2016 no longer wears glasses himself.  Richard's leisure activities include photography, sport, health and fitness, live music and comedy. Richard works on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on the Terrace and on Fridays at our Thorndon practice..

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Madelene Jensen, Dispensing Optician

 Originally from South Africa, Madeléne arrived in New Zealand in 2007, part way through dispensing training. Fully qualified since 2009, Madeléne loves the fashion aspect of frames and is passionate about helping people find the best solution for their optical needs. Mother of two , her free time is spent having fun with her children. She enjoys reading, painting and creative DIY projects. Madeléne has astigmatism and finds wearing glasses helps keep her eyes relaxed. She wears certified sports frames with transition lenses for social football.

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Ian
 

Ian Bennett, Optical Technician


Ian's first job was working as a technician in a wholesale optical laboratory. Since then he has had a varied working life, including spending time as a cycle courier before returning to optics. Ian is a talented spectacle repairer  - the more challenging the job, the more satisfying he finds it. By way of professional development he's expanding his skills into maintaining lens edging machines and there's a trip to Japan in July 2017 to learn more about that. Ian is a relatively new multifocal spectacle wearer. Ian is into tramping and climbing and is a keen mountain biker. He is a member of the Wellington City Council's volunteer rural fire service. On the home front keeping chooks and gardening are steps on the way to becoming self-sufficient.

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Jill Cameron, Receptionist


Jill has a varied background with experience in MYOB accounting, admin/reception, and aerobics instruction and she's enjoying being involved in eye care. As our practice front-person,  she endeavours to ensure that patients, staff and the paperwork all end up in the right place at the right time.  A  couple of recent trips to Melbourne have sparked an interest in overseas travel and a pacific cruise is next on the list Jill is short-sighted and wears multifocal glasses at work and contact lenses for social events.

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Vanessa Sercombe, Practice Manager


After a brief spell at a secretarial course, Vanessa moved on to teachers' college and trained as an early childhood teacher. 16 years educating and nurturing children, managing staff and running early childhood centres and community creches have given her an abundance of organisational and people skills which she's now applying to Sercombe and Matheson's business. Mildly shortsighted and an enthusiastic wearer of avant-garde glasses, she's delighted to be involved in both frame purchasing and sales. Helping our clients choose frames provides a nice contrast with the many administrative tasks she's involved in. Managing her daughters' touch teams teams and planning the family holidays keep her busy outside work. 

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Rachael Young, Receptionist/ Trainee Dispensing Optician


Always happy to leave the front desk and help our clients choose a frame, Rachael has decided to take on spectacle dispensing professionally. 2017 sees Rachael enrolled in the (mostly) correspondence course to gain qualification as a dispensing optician. Rachael has a wide range of other  work projects including our direct debit programme and our window displays. Rachael wears occupational progressive glasses at work which means she's very comfortable at her computer screen. Outside work, running and child-wrangling keep her in good shape.

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Kara Knight, B.AppSci, Dip Child and Adolescent Psychology
Dispensing Optician   
                               

Kara is the full-time staff member at our Thorndon practice. She earned her qualification as a Dispensing Optician in 2008. Her passion for finding the ideal frame for the individual  combined with her technical know-how and keen interest in eyewear fashion means that her patients walk out with stylish glasses perfectly tailored to the individual. Kara has a special interest in paediatric dispensing and loves helping her ‘littlest’ patients. The highlight of Kara’s career so far was being asked to present a lecture to 100+ peers at the annual Dispensing Optician’s conference in 2014.Outside of work, you will find her swing dancing to a local jazz band, crocheting, or reading a good book. Kara loves learning and her degree and two diplomas in Psychology have all been acquired while she's working.

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TESTIMONIALS

 
quote I have used a number of opticians over the last 30 years and have found no-one else that can offer such a complete service as Sercombe and Matheson.Your ability, professionalism and sheer speed of service is second to none.
David P
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