Our Staff

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Leah Meulendijks - Optometrist

Leah is the owner and Optometrist at Yarra Junction Optical as of 2014.

 

Leah brings a wealth of knowledge from her time working in Central Victoria. She has vast experience co-managing with the local Ophthalmologists many ocular diseases such as Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy to name a few.

 

Working in a community that requires a car in order to access the nearest eye specialist who is an hour away and being hours away from Melbourne meant that Leah has had to manage many cases which would have otherwise been referred away by most Metro Optometrists.

 

Many patient's in Regional Victoria are unable to make the journey to see their closest Ophthalmologist and rely heavily on their local Optometrist to provide them with the best care and management available to them.

 

This environment  while at times can be a lot to take on, brings out the best and most experienced Optometrists.

 

Leah also spent two and half years being mentored by a Behavioural Optometrist in Bendigo and while she hasn't taken on the role of Behavioural Optometry, has extensive knowledge in the field and can recommend the best referrals if necessary to any child having trouble at school.

 

Leah was born in Cohuna which is in Northern Victoria and was raised in a small town called Pyramid Hill, only 30 minutes from where she was born. Aside from her time spent studying Optometry at the University of Melbourne, Leah has always lived in the country where she prefers to be. She has a great love of horses and a passion for Optometry which makes the Yarra Valley the ideal home for her.

 


El Tolan - Optometrist

As many long standing patient of Yarra Junction Optical would know El has been testing here for over 10 years. El travels to us from Melbourne's Eastern Suburbs. She works as a locum Optometrist at many locations in Melbourne and surrounds we have the pleasure of having her test here once every 3 weeks.

 

El has many years of experience as an Optometrist and is usually adored by her patients winning them over with her warm and friendly nature. She is able to answer all your questions and provide you with the best optical solution to your visual needs.

 

 


Lauren Cowan - Optometrist

Lauren has worked at Yarra Junction Optical on and off for the past five years. She has taken on a more permanent role working Thursdays, Fridays and most Tuesdays.

 

Lauren is experienced in Children's Vision assessments as well as General Optometry. She is therapeutically endorsed to prescribe topical medications to treat eye conditions from simple conjunctivitis to more serious eye conditions. Her friendly attitude wins across all her patients while her great depth of knowledge will see her provide you with the best optical solutions to your visual needs.

 

Lauren lives locally in Launching Place and enjoys spending time with her two young children and her husband.

 


 

Rachel Chipere - Optometrist

Rachel is our newest Optometrist at Yarra Junction Optical, starting late August 2017. Rachel lives in the South Eastern suburbs and travel's to work for us on Saturday mornings.

 

 


 

Danielle Davis - Optical Dispenser

Dani has been part of the Yarra Junction Optical team for a couple of years. Dani brings with her many years of experience in Optical Dispensing and great expertise in repairs, frame and lens selections and also advice.

 

On the days Dani is at the practice she will perform most of the dispensing which means she will guide you through all your options and help you choose the most suitable frames and lenses available.

 

Dani also lives locally in Wesburn and works at Yarra Junction Optical two days per week, usually Tuesdays and Fridays. Dani is also happy to help in any way she can, so if you have a question about glasses you are looking to purchase or having trouble with your current glasses then just drop in and someone will be ready to help.

 


 

Lesley Mowat - Optical Assistant

Lesley has been the smiling face of Yarra Junction Optical reception for over 10 years now. Lesley has great experience and expertise in frame adjustments and small repairs, frame selection and advice on what frames and/or lenses are the best options for you.

 

Often times after seeing the Optometrist you will be placed in Lesley's capable hands to help you choose your frames and lenses.

 

Lesley lives in Woori Yallock and can be seen at Yarra Junction Optical four days per week. If you have any questions feel free to drop in and chat with Lesley, she is happy to help any way she can.

 


 

Kerry McFadzean - Optical Assistant

Kerry has been working at Yarra Juction Optical since February 2016. Her role at work is an assistant Optical Dispenser, which includes anything from frame adjustments, to reception work, to assist patients select suitable frames and lenses and much more.

She loves working at Yarra Junction Optical as the staff are fantastic and they like to have fun at work. She especially enjoys meeting and talking to patients as everyone is very friendly and at times they can all share a joke together.

 

Kerry's hobbies include her love for Art which includes oil painting and looking after her Siberian Husky.

Kerry is a member and secretary of her local CFA and also a member of the Lions club.

 


Susan Carwell - Optical Assistant

Susan has been with Yarra Junction Optical since April 2018. She was born and raised in Yarra Valley and loves being part of the community. She works 2 days a week on Thursday and Saturday's.

 

Susan's hobbies include chasing her 2 young children around and hanging out with her doggies.

 

Outside of Optics her qualifications include a Science Degree and business management.