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About Us

Meet our team

Michael Wicks


Michael has a real passion for optometry. He obtained his qualifications as an optometrist at The University of Melbourne, and has been in practice for over 25 years. He branched out to set up his own practice in a local medical centre in 1991, which has now evolved into the optometry practice we see today.

Michael has special interests in paediatric eyecare, contact lenses, and sports vision. He has extensive knowledge and experience in managing laser refractive surgery cases, and is also a Clinical Teaching Instructor at The University of Melbourne.

Away from the practice, Michael enjoys a round of golf, and spends most winter weekends at the football 'loudly' supporting his beloved Bombers. Michael is the proud father of two girls, Keeley and Teagan, and enjoys spending time with them and his wife Natalie.

Amy Higginbotham

prescribe ocular medications

Amy returned to our practice in August 2007, after initially working with us in 1999/2000. During these 7 years away from us, she gained a wealth of knowledge from experience in both independent and corporate optometry practices.

Amy has gained her therapeutic qualification to prescribe ocular medications for a wide range of eye conditions. She has a particular interest in Behavioural Optometry, which involves the assessment, treatment, and management of children with visual processing problems.

Away from the practice, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, and friends and family.

Chi Ong

prescribe eye medications

Chi joined our practice in 2016. He is an optometrist who genuinely cares for the best clinical outcome for his patients.

Chi obtained his qualifications from the University of Melbourne, and is endorsed to prescribe eye medications for various ocular conditions. He has also completed the Specialist Certificate of Management of Paediatric Patients.

Chi has an interest in paediatric optometry and glaucoma management. In his spare time, Chi enjoys skiing and playing tennis. Chi is fluent in Vietnamese.

Hannah Thorp


Hannah began working at the practice in 2016. She completed her Bachelor Of Optometry at the University of Melbourne in 2012, and is a therapeutically endorsed optometrist.

Originally from Shepparton, she has previously worked in both country Victoria, and metropolitan Melbourne. Hannah is currently undertaking further study in the area of behavioural optometry. Away from work, she enjoys running and baking.

Christine Quach

therapeutically qualified optometrist

Christine is a therapeutically qualified optometrist who has worked in independent practice since 2000. She first commenced work with us in 2013. Christine has a particular interest in paediatric optometry and is passionate about public health issues.

Away from the practice she leads a busy life raising two young boys, and undertaking further study to enhance her professional skills.

Val Psaltis

optical industry

Val is our Practice Manager, and joined our team in September 2008. She brings a wealth of administration experience to the practice, gained from many years with the Commonwealth Bank.

Away from the practice, Val enjoys spending time with her husband, George, and her family.

Simone Hibbert

Receptionist and dispensing station

Simone is the most recent addition to our team of Optometrists, joining us in April 2017. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2013, and has worked in both Melbourne and country Victoria.

Simone is a therapeutically qualified optometrist, and enjoys doing outreach and volunteer work which has taken her to the Northern Territory, South Africa, and India. Away from work, Simone enjoys staying fit and healthy with regular trips to the local gym, and swimming.

Kathy McArthur

dispensing station

Kathy joined our team in September 2009, and comes to us with a wide and varied experience within the optical industry, gained from both independent and corporate optometry.

Kathy works at reception, and is overseeing our new and improved dispensing station, providing our clients with state-of-the-art technology in helping to ensure they receive the best in spectacle lens technology for their specific visual requirements. Away for the practice Kathy enjoys spending time with her husband, Ian, and their children.

Nikki Lee

Receptionist and dispensing station

Nikki joined our team as a receptionist/optical assistant in June 2017. Although new to the optical industry, she brings a great range of skills to the practice gained from over 10 years of retail management experience. Away from work, Nikki is a dog breeder, and loves bringing a smile to the face of a family picking up their new ‘puppy’.

Tanya Stokes

Receptionist and dispensing station

Tanya commenced with us in June 2017 as a receptionist/optical assistant. She brings with her extensive knowledge gained from over 12 years of experience in both corporate and independent optometry. Away from work, Tanya enjoys camping, fishing, and gardening with her young family.