Meet Your Optometrist

Richard B&W 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.

Richard is an honorary teaching fellow affiliated with the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Auckland.  He has served on the New Zealand Optometrists Registration Board from 2007 until  2013, working as the chairman for two years.

Richard has a special interest in glaucoma management and is currently working part time in the Southland Hospital in this field.


Marnie May B&WMarnie 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 B&W

 Alice Chen

Alice finished her Bachelor of Optometry with Ocular Therapeutics qualification and joined Martin and Lobb Eyecare in February 2012. She has a special interest in Contact lens fitting and Orthokeratology (Ortho K) for myopia control. She trialed the Ortho K lenses herself so she can share her own experience with others.

She currently works part-time so she can have more time with her young family. Outside of work she enjoys photography especially capturing the Southern light. 


Kelly B&W

Kelly Lyons
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. 


Cassandra B&W Cassandra Ang


Cassandra Ang joined the team at Martin and Lobb Eyecare in February 2020. She studied Biomedical Science in Dunedin before completing her Optometry Degree at Auckland University.

Being myopic herself, she is passionate about promoting myopia control interventions for her young patients. She has a special interest in fitting specialty contact lenses including orthokeratology and delights in seeing patient's happy faces at being able to see without the aid of glasses. She has completed further post graduate training in Advanced Contact Lenses provided by the Australian College of Optometry.

In her spare time, she enjoys drawing as well as sight-seeing around the South Island.



Kevin Black & White

Kevin Li

Kevin joined our team in January 2020. Kevin originally hails from Auckland and is enjoying his time in the deep south.  

Kevin’s interests lie in glaucoma management and he has completed advanced training in this area with the Australian College of Optometry. He is a recipient of the State University of New York Snowvision award.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys staying active and embracing his inner foodie, both of which go well with his love of travelling..



Photo Kaela

Kaela Hunt

Kaela joined the Martin and lobb team in January 2022. She has always been interested in the science of the human body. This interest was first explored in Wellington where she grew up and attained her Biomedical Science degree. From there, wanting a more patient-facing role, she pursued optometry at the University of Auckland.

Kaela is very passionate about improving health inequities. She has a special interest in glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy detection and management and is excited about the constantly growing scope of optometry. 

Outside of work Kaela is an avid music lover. She enjoys being active, exploring nature and the beauty of the South Island.