Meet Our Staff
We make your eyes our No. 1 priority
At Forestway Optometry our clients are our highest priority and our highly experienced staff are completely dedicated to helping you achieve optimum eye health.
Optometrist (B.Optom, UNSW & M.C.Optom, UK)
Peter obtained his Optometry degree from the University of New South Wales in 1981 and worked in Oxford, England for seven years where he obtained the English Fellowship. He is also a member of the British College of Optometrists M.B.C.O. M.C.Optom (UK).
Peter is a Fellow of the Australian College of Optometry and is a member of the OAA and the CCLSA and has a special interest in eye disease and contact lenses.
Peter opened Forestway Optometry, offering a full range of optometry services, in 1993 and has been looking after the Forest community ever since.
Optometrist (B.Optom, UNSW, Grad Cert Oc Thera, UNSW)
Barney received his Bachelor of Optometry from the University of New South Wales in 2007 and later completed the Graduate Certificate for Ocular Therapeutics. After several years practicing at regional and rural locations around Australia, Barney returned to Sydney.
Barney is a member of the OAA and practices full scope optometry. He has special interest in, and passion for, anterior eye diseases.
Practice Manager (Opthalmic Dispenser and Contact Lens Instructor)
Sean has a degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing & is a Dispensing Optician with 13 years experience. He is focused on ensuring your spectacles always meet the requirements of your individual lifestyle.
At Forestway Optometry Sean uses his extensive optical knowledge to support the Optometrists in performing additional testing and answering questions relating to our clients’ ocular health or visual requirements. As a fashion forward gentleman he can usually be seen encouraging people to be brave with their frame choices whilst ensuring they fit with your own unique style
Senior Optical Dispenser and Frame Stylist
Akiko completed the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing in 2012 with a Course Winner Prize and ADOA Association of NSW Award. Prior to coming to Australia in 2007, she lived in Germany working in the insurance industry and as a freelance interpreter/translator
In addition to having a strong eye for detail, Akiko is fluent in English, German and Japanese making her a great asset to work in the multicultural community found on the Northern Beaches.
Practice Co-ordinator and Frame Stylist
Having previously worked for QANTAS as a flight attendant for 22 years before moving to the Optical industry, Karen joined the practice in 2010 bringing with her over 8 years of experience in optics
Karen’s natural flare for fashion and great sense of style enable her to offer clients expert advice in choosing the perfect frame for their face. Also, as a multifocal contact lens wearer she is very keen to pass on any feedback and tips to anyone else contemplating Multifocal contacts.
Marketing / Buyer
Julia, along with Akiko, chooses and buys the frame stock for Forestway Optometry and co-ordinates the behind the scenes running of the practice. She also manages the practice’s social media, patient recall system and marketing.
She has a medical background having trained in Medical Imaging in London at major teaching hospitals; The Royal Free Hospital, St Thomas’s Hospital and King’s College Hospital.
She is a qualified Radiographer and Sonographer. Part of her training was at Moorefield’s Eye Hospital, London. She has been living in Australia since 1989.
Optical Dispenser and Practice Co-ordinator
Kit has worked full time in Forestway Optometry for three years. In that time he has completed numerous Optical Dispensing and business courses. He is now very well qualified to assist our patients with advice on choosing the right type of lenses for their prescription and lifestyle as well as the best type of frame for their prescription. He is also very adept at spectacle repairs of all kinds.
Outside of work, Kit has a keen interest in animals and has completed qualifications at Taronga Zoo (Dubbo) to look after animals. He also has a great eye for detail and style due to his previous experience in interior design and the Arts and Antiques world.
Retail & Marketing Assistant
Having previously worked in Public Relations industry for ten years, Fiona joined the team at Forestway Optometry just over two years ago on a part-time basis to manage the recall system and assist with our brand marketing.
In 2018 Fiona joined the retail team and has recently completed an Optical Dispensing course as well as a number of Optical business courses. She now divides her time between retail and administration/marketing for the Practice.
Luke has worked in the practice on a part-time basis, for the last four years. In that time he has attended numerous optical courses and is well position to assist our patients with frame selection, visual field screenings, retinal imaging, PD measurements as well as providing general advice on choosing the right frame for your prescription.
He is also great with information on prescription sunglasses – particularly our premium sunglasses range – Maui Jim’s.
Grace has worked in the practice for the last four years. She has completed a number of Optical Dispensing and business courses and is well qualified to carry out visual field screenings, retinal imaging and take PD measurements . She can provide advice on choosing the right frames and types of lenses for your prescription and lifestyle.
Grace is completing her BSc at Sydney University at the end of 2019.