B.Optom - Optometrist
Michael graduated from the University of New South Wales in 1980 with an interest in Behavioural Optometry. Michael commenced work in a practice that dealt predominantly with children with learning and developmental delays. This experience and extra study, led him to become a foundation member of the Australian College of Behavioural Optometry (ACBO).
During this time Michael also developed a passion for Sports Vision. Sports Vision involves developing the visual skills that are specific to the sport being played. Michael served as president of the NSW Sports Vision section and helped develop the Optometry Australia National Sports Vision Section and served as vice chairman. This led Michael to develop a special interest in contact lenses and since that time our practice has been fitting all types of contact lenses including the more difficult rigid lenses for keratoconus and post corneal graft patients.
Michael’s interest in children’s vision and contact lenses was strengthened when Orthokeratology was developed in Australia. In 1991 Michael was invited to become involved in this revolutionary type of contact lens and has been working with these lenses to control myopia ever since.
Out of the office Michael’s interests include baseball and he has been coaching senior and junior baseball with Belconnen Bandits as well as playing since 2000. His other passion is dogs, and with his wife Dianne, has been breeding, showing and doing other dog sport over the years. They currently own and exhibit Irish Wolfhounds.
Nick Karanges – B.Optom (UNSW) – Optometrist
Grad. Cert. Ocular Therapeutics (UNSW)
Nick graduated from the University of New South Wales with honours in 2012. Nick has since developed a particular interest in contact lenses and the management of retinal disease. Nick is one of two optometrists at Evans and McMahon that are qualified to prescribe ophthalmic medications.
Nick enjoys all types of contact lens fitting but gets particularly enthusiastic about keratoconic rigid lens fitting. These eyes are often heavily distorted, making vision with spectacles poor. He finds the process of taking someone from poor vision with glasses to excellent vision with contact lenses to be extremely rewarding. He also enjoys fitting orthokeratology contact lenses and attended the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania’s conference in 2014.
Nick was the recipient of the Eyecare Plus/Essilor Professional Recognition award in 2014 and spent a week in Paris with other optometrist and dispensers learning about the newest technology in multifocal spectacle lenses.
In his time off Nick enjoys playing football (soccer), fishing, riding his bikes, skiing and surfing. He is also the proud parent of a border collie puppy named Poppy.
Jenny Wu – B.Optom (UNSW) – Optometrist
Grad. Cert. Ocular Therapeutics (UNSW)
Jenny graduated from the University of NSW in 2008 with a Bachelor of Optometry. She has undertaken further study at the University of NSW- completing a postgraduate course in Ocular Therapeutics, and currently doing her Masters in Specialty Contact Lenses and Behavioural Optometry.
Jenny has worked in private practices in regional NSW and Melbourne. She has been a visiting optometrist in remote Aboriginal community eye clinics with the Brien Holden Vision Institute.
Special interest include the management of eye disease, dry eye, complex contact lens fittings (including rigid lens fitting for keratoconus), and orthokeratology. She is qualified to prescribe eye medications in the management of eye infections and inflammatory disease.
Outside of work she is an amateur photographer, an enthusiastic consumer of good food, and enjoys playing the piano. She is sometimes described as a cat lady.
Ian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the practice having worked in optics for over 40 years 24 of those with us. After completing a four year apprenticeship in optical mechanics, Ian undertook further study to obtain a Diploma in Optical Dispensing and obtained his Optical Dispenser’s Licence from the then Optical Dispenser’s Licensing Board. Ian’s experience in all facets of the manufacture and dispensing of optical appliances enables him to assist patients with the complex and unusual requests that we often receive. Outside of work Ian has diverse interests ranging from music to restoring classic cars and in a previous life dabbled in aviation.
Derek joined the practice in 2007, being fully qualified and with over 40 years of experience in all areas of optical dispensing he brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to the practice. His mission is to make sure patients receive the best advice in regard to lens and frame selection, so that they have a well fitting, stylish and functional pair of spectacles that meets their needs. Derek enjoys interacting and getting to know our patients, especially the children, who sometimes can be apprehensive about having to wear glasses. He also likes the challenge of difficult frame repairs and fitting more complex prescriptions having begun his career in an era when those tasks where a much more a hands on approach. Outside of work Derek’s interests include music, bike riding, sailing and golf. He also enjoys time spent with his grandchildren & being involved in his local church.
Nick is the newest member of the team. Nick has worked as an Optical Dispenser for over six years at different locations across Australia and completed his Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing in 2012. Nick is pleased to be working in a practice that still has a fully functioning workshop that undertakes all facets of optical mechanics in house, something that is extremely rare these days.
Nick is new to Canberra, originally from Melbourne and his interests include art, travel and cooking.
Dylan has been working in the practice for over 8 years and is currently studying for his Optical Dispensing Certificate. In 2013 he received the Eyecare Plus/Essilor Professional Recognition award which enabled him to attend the Essilor Academy in Paris. This gave Dylan a further insight into advanced multifocal lens designs. Dylan has experience in both optical dispensing and mechanics, allowing him provide comprehensive advice to patients. Outside of work Dylan enjoys watching his young daughter grow up, and enjoys golf and cricket.
Trainee Optical Dispenser
Kevin has been in the optical industry for over 15 years. Originally with our practice from 2005 to 2009 he then moved home to Darwin. However, he missed us so much that he had come back at the start of 2014. In 2015, Kevin went to Paris for the Eyecare Plus/Essilor Professional Recognition award and spent 3 days at the Essilor academy learning more about Essilor lens designs. Kevin enjoys the challenge of assisting a range of patients, especially helping children find their dream frame. When not working Kevin enjoys cooking and spending time with his wife and three young boys.
Roseanne has worked in optics for a total of six years. She has recently returned from extended leave whilst being a stay at home mum to her two children. During that time Roseanne also established an on line business specialising in handmade bedding, home wares and children’s gifts. Roseanne’s hobbies include craft activities such as sewing, painting, woodwork and DIY projects.
With 8 years experience as a receptionist and a history of interior design and colour consultancy, Colette’s input on the design and colour of spectacles is invaluable in assisting our patients with frame selection. When not at work, Colette loves getting away in her new caravan.
TJ has been with Evans and McMahon for over 3 years and as well as general reception duties also handles contact lens orders. Away from work, TJ is kept busy caring for her young daughter.