Our Team

MartinAndLobb1 Team

BACK ROW:  Alice Chen (Optometrist), Richard Lobb (Optometrist), Marnie Lankow (Optometrist), Jacqui Fraser (Finance), Jo Murie (Optical Technician),  Kelly Lyons (Optometrist).

MIDDLE ROW: Jude Bakker (Receptionist), Huntly Watson (Optical Technician), Julie Henderson (Receptionist), Christina Dempster (Optical Technician).

FRONT ROW: Renee Blake (Dispensing Optician), Claire Martin (Retired Optometrist), Joy Lindsay (Receptionist), Debbie Tynan (Practice Manager), Tamara Stephenson-Preston (Optical Assistant).

ABSENT FROM PHOTO: Jon Taylor (Optometrist)



 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 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 and is currently working part time in the Southland Hospital in this field.


Photo Jon Taylor Jon Taylor

Jon qualified at the British College of Optometrists, London in 1979.  He has worked in various practices throughout the UK and here in Southland.  Jon has worked for Martin and Lobb in the past and returned to join the team in July 2018.  In 2004, Jon qualified in Ocular Therapuetics and Pharmacology.

Jon enjoys studying and has also gained a Diploma in History and is currently working towards his BA in History.

Jon works part time and spends his time off climbing and mountaineering in New Zealand and overseas.

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. Alice has continued her professional development and gained a diploma in Ocular Therapuetics.  She also has a special interest in Ortho K.

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


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. 

Kelly is currently on parental leave.