Our Team

BACK ROW:  Jude Bakker (Office Manager), Renee Blake (Technician)Kelly Williams (Optometrist), Alice Chen (Optometrist), Richard Lobb (Optometrist), Lise Gutleben (Dispensing Optician), Huntly Watson (Technician)

FRONT ROW: Julie Henderson (Receptionist), Joy Lindsay (Receptionist), Marnie Lankow (Optometrist),      Claire Martin (Optometrist)

Absent from the photo: Liz Erskine (Receptionist)

 

 Richard Lobb 

Richard grew up in Invercargill. A teenage interest in physics and biology coinciding with the need for spectacles around that time stimulated an interest in optometry as a career. He completed his training at the University of Auckland in 1982 and returned in 2003 for further studies in Ocular Therapeutics.

He served on the New Zealand Optometrists Registration Board from 2007 until  2013, working as the chairman for two years and continues his association with the University of Auckland, as an external examiner for final year students. Richard has a special interest in glaucoma management  is currently working part time in the Southland Hospital in this field.

When not at work he enjoys socialising with family and friends, trying to improve his photographic skills and keeping fit.

 Claire Martin

Claire completed her Diploma in Optometry from Auckland University in 1980 and in 2012 completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Ocular Therapeutics.She came to Invercargill in 1981 and has been a partner in the practice since 1983.

She practises general optometry and contact lens fitting. Outside of optometry Claire is interested in theatre and travel.


Marnie Lankow

Marnie grew up in rural Southland. After completing her Bachelor of Optometry (Honours) at the
University of Auckland in 2002 she returned to the South, commencing at Martin and Lobb in 2003.
In 2008 she also completed her postgraduate training in Ocular Therapeutics.

Marnie enjoys meeting people and the challenge of solving the varying visual and eye health needs of her patients. She appreciates the friendly, supportive work environment within the
practice. Marnie currently works part-time.

Outside of work Marnie enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, getting outdoors and playing social sport.

 Alice Chen

Alice moved to New Zealand in 2003 and finished her Bachelor of Optometry in the University  of Auckland in 2011. She made a move down to Invercargill straight after her training to join a  team of experienced optometrists and supportive dispensing opticians to further develop her skills and confidence. 

She is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and likes to learn about other cultures. When not at work, Alice tries to improve her photography skills and enjoys travelling. 

 

Kelly Williams
 
Kelly grew up in Auckland, on the completion of her optometry degree in 2008 she headed south in Central Otago. She gained invaluable experience over the next three and a half years working as an optometrist in a rural practice with a diverse patient base. Following this, she took up a position in remote North Queensland Australia, where she practiced for two years before moving back to New Zealand.

Kelly joined the team at Martin and Lobb mid-way through 2014 and enjoys working in an experienced and supportive team environment.

In her free time Kelly enjoys traveling, Yoga and the outdoors. Since moving to Southland, she is keen to improve her skills on the ski field.