Matthew Carter BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp (IP) - Optometrist Independent Prescriber, Director
▪ Specialisms: Specialist Contact Lenses, therapeutics & anterior eye disease
Matthew graduated from City University, London in 2010 with a first-class honours degree in optometry and vision sciences. He completed his pre-registration training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, where he continues to work part-time. Matthew gained his professional qualification in July 2011 and currently works as a Principal Optometrist (clinic lead) within the contact lens service at Moorfields Eye Hospital. He also works in the Hospital’s Accident and Emergency (A&E) clinic and has previously worked in the external disease/corneal clinic, keratoconus monitoring clinic, cataract clinic and within the low vision service.
Matthew enjoys teaching and as such has presented at several Optometric conferences on the topic of specialist contact lenses and keratoconus. He has acted as a clinical supervisor at workshops and courses attended by other Optometrists and students.
When not at the hospital Matthew spends the rest of the week practicing across the three practices and he thoroughly enjoys providing the high-quality eye care that the three practices are known for. Matthew is accredited to see patients with acute eye problems under the Minor Eye Condition Service (MECS) in both Bromley and Bexley. In 2018 Matthew gained his post-graduate diploma in therapeutics from The College of Optometrists and in doing so became an Independent Prescriber of ophthalmic medicines.
Before commencing his studies in optometry, Matthew completed an honours degree in zoology at the University of Leeds. When not working or attending optometry courses/conferences, Matthew is kept busy by his young twin boys.
Jasmine Griffin (nee Prentice) BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist Director
▪ Specialisms: Diabetic eye disease, colorimetry & dry eye syndrome
Jasmine graduated from Aston University in Birmingham in 2003 with a first-class honours degree in Optometry. She gained her professional qualification in July 2004 after completing her pre-registration year under the supervision of Gordon Ilett at Linklaters and Leslie Warren. During this year Jasmine also worked at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and in the eye department at Darenth Valley Hospital.
Jasmine has practiced at Linklaters and Leslie Warren since qualification thoroughly enjoying her profession. Keen to continue to work within the hospital environment, she has gained experience within refractive surgery clinics at Moorfields, general ophthalmology clinics at The Princess Royal University Hospital Farnborough and glaucoma clinics at Queen Mary’s Hospital Sidcup.
Jasmine is an Optometrist with Special interests which involves working closely with Ophthalmologists and GPs and includes triage of local hospital referrals. She has completed her diabetic retinopathy screening NVQ and three MSc modules at City University in binocular vision, glaucoma and diabetes management and is accredited to see diabetic patients in both Sevenoaks and Bexleyheath. Jasmine has a keen interest in the treatment of dry eye and is also certified to see patients with more acute eye conditions under the local PEARS acute referral scheme.
Jasmine is a member of the Society of Coloured Lens Prescribers and is accredited to provide coloured overlay and colorimetry assessments. She gives presentations locally to raise awareness about the benefits of colour to those with dyslexia and visual stress.
Jasmine was invited to be a partner in the business in 2008. In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys visits to the theatre and salsa dancing.
Jigna Teli BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist Director
▪ Specialisms: Diabetic eye disease
Jigna graduated from Cardiff University in 2001 with an honours degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences. She completed her preregistration year under the supervision of Gordon Ilett in 2002, working at Linklaters and Leslie Warren as well as spending time at Moorfields Eye Hospital. She has since worked full time for the group and has enjoyed developing her professional skills. Jigna became a Partner in the business in 2008.
Jigna has a keen interest in Diabetic eye disease and is accredited to carry out diabetic retinal screening in Bexley and West Kent; she lectures to other health care professionals regarding the importance of regular eye screening in this group of patients. She is accredited as an OPwSI in both Bexley and West Kent and is the Optometrists Lead for the Community Ophthalmology Team in West Kent, working closely with Ophthalmologists. She has completed 3 City University MSc modules and is an accredited PEARS Optometrist.
In her spare time Jigna enjoys reading and going to the theatre as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Michelle Butler BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist
▪ Specialisms: Colorimetry
Michelle graduated from Cardiff University in 1990 with a first-class honors degree in optometry. She then went on to undertake her pre-registration year at Maidstone Ophthalmic Hospital and gained her professional qualifications in July 1991.
Since then Michelle has worked in both private practice and in the hospital eye service. Michelle has completed seven of the City University M.Sc. modules in: diabetic eye disease, optometric management of glaucoma, vision in the aged, anterior eye disease, posterior eye disease, refractive eye surgery and paediatric optometry. Michelle is married with three children and - in any spare time she has - enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.
Josephine Evans BSc (Hons) MCOptom - Optometrist
▪ Specialisms: Paediatric optometry & myopia control
Josephine graduated from the University of Manchester in 2017 with a first-class Honours in Optometry. She completed her pre-registration year under the supervision of Jigna Teli and Matthew Carter at Linklaters Optometrists and achieved her professional qualification in July 2018. During this year Josephine gained experience at Moorfields Eye Hospital, shadowing specialist optometrists and ophthalmologists in extended clinics including cataracts, glaucoma, AMD injection clinics and urgent care units.
Josephine's areas of special interest lie in paediatric optometry, glaucoma referral refinement and the management of myopia progression through specialist contact lenses. She is playing an active role in community-based care across the three practices, including managing patients with acute eye conditions under the Minor Eye Conditions Scheme.
Josephine enjoys her role in the profession and she is keen to expand her knowledge and skills as an optometrist by regularly attending conferences and courses throughout the country. Outside of work, Josephine enjoys spending time with friends and family, sailing and travelling.
Kiran Jhangaria BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist
▪ Specialisms: Paediatric optometry & learning disabilities
Kiran graduated from City University, London in 2014 with an Honours degree in Optometry and Visual Science. She completed her pre-registration period with Boots Opticians and St Thomas’ Hospital. Following qualification, Kiran spent time working in private practice as a locum optometrist before joining the Linklater Warren team in 2017. Kiran currently works between the Bexleyheath and Chislehurst practices.
Kiran is accredited to see patients with minor eye problems under the local Bexley and Bromley Minor Eye Conditions Scheme (MECS). She is currently completing the Alcon Scholarship programme. Kiran spends a day a week working for the SeeAbility Children in Focus campaign; performing sight tests for children with learning disabilities in local special schools. She has previously volunteered for CRISIS, a charity providing optical care for people that are homeless.
In her spare time Kiran attends fitness classes, enjoys running, hiking and spending time with friends and family.
Anna Poole BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist
▪ Specialisms: Paediatric optometry & colorimetry
Anna achieved a first-class honours degree in optometry from City University in 2009 and is a member of the College of Optometrists. Anna did her pre-registration year at the Oxford Eye Hospital where she gained experience in fitting complex contact lenses, e.g. for irregularly shaped eyes or for cosmetic purposes following an eye injury or disease, and assessing patients with Low Vision. She received 5 awards at university for clinical work, professional studies, visual perception, ocular therapeutics and best second-year student. She also did a degree in Physics before she decided to study Optometry.
Anna started working for the Linklater Warren practices in October 2010 and her areas of Special interests are colorimetry, cataract and glaucoma referral refinement. She works part of the week at Moorfields Eye Hospital specialising in paediatrics and contact lenses.
Anna lives in Blackheath, and her hobbies include military fitness, running and travel.
Nicholas Sage BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glauc – Optometrist
▪ Specialisms: Glaucoma, contact lenses and myopia control
Nick started his career in optics in 2002 as a lab technician; making and repairing spectacles. He is a fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians, having qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2006 and then studying further to become a Contact Lens Optician in 2008. Nick received four awards during his contact lens studies in both theoretical and practical modules.
In 2011 Nick graduated from the University of Bradford with a first-class honours degree in Optometry, gaining a professional qualification in July 2012 and becoming a member of the College of Optometrists. Nick received two awards for highest marks in clinical practice and overall highest mark on the degree course.
In 2014 and keen for a new challenge Nick left Boots Opticians Sevenoaks where he had worked for many years and joined the Linklater Warren team as a full-time Optometrist. He currently works at our Sevenoaks and Bexleyheath branches.
Before a career in optics Nick completed an honours degree in Business Studies and Sport & Exercise Science at Canterbury Christ Church University.
When not at work, Nick is a keen cook and enjoys many different sports (although only watching nowadays!).
Sara Windsor BSc (Hons) MCOptom – Optometrist
▪ Specialisms: Colorimetry, learning disabilities and dry eye syndrome
Sara graduated from Cardiff University in 1993 with a first-class honours degree in Ophthalmic Optics. Her professional qualification was gained in 1994 following a pre-registration year under the supervision of Gordon Ilett in private practice at Linklaters Optometrists in Bexleyheath and at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Aside from a year off to travel the world in 1996, Sara has practiced within the Linklater group since qualifying and at Leslie Warren Opticians since 1999.
As a member of the Society of Coloured Lens prescribers Sara has a keen interest in Specific Learning difficulties and she is accredited to prescribe precision tinted lenses to relieve symptoms of Visual Stress. She is a member of the West Kent Community Ophthalmology Team and is accredited to screen diabetic patients through the Paula Carr Optometry Service (diabetic retinopathy screening service). Sara has developed an interest in the management of dry eye and recently helped launch the dry eye clinic available at both practices.
Sara enjoys running, netball, riding and skiing. Married to Mark and having three girls, Anna, Alice and Lucy, she practices on a part-time basis combining professional and family life and thoroughly enjoying both.
Joanna Fendick FBDO – Manager, Linklater & Warren Opticians
▪ Specialisms: Teaching, complex prescriptions & frame styling
Joanna has been working in the optics profession for over sixteen years. She qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 2005 after completing a three-year Diploma at City and Islington College. She gained her first management position later that same year. She has worked for various Opticians chains during her career and joined the Linklater Warren team in 2017. She particularly enjoys dispensing high quality, bespoke spectacle frames and takes pride in the personalised dispensing service she provides at Linklater & Warren Opticians. She is passionate at about staff training and has received awards for her management style. Joanna enjoys using the latest technology to dispense individualised spectacle lenses that provide optimal visual correction for her patients' specific visual demands. Joanna has a keen interest in the fashion side of spectacles dispensing, keeps abreast of the latest trends and enjoys choosing new styles for the practice.
In her spare time Joanna likes spending time with her friends and family, especially when attending various West End Shows and Music Concerts.
Natalie Moody FBDO – Manager, Linklaters Optometrists
▪ Specialisms: Teaching, complex prescriptions & frame styling
Natalie has been working in optics since she was 18 years old, gaining experience in a number of multiple practices. She joined Linklaters Optometrists in 2005 and qualified as a Dispensing Optician following the three-year day release course for Ophthalmic Dispensing at City & Islington College. She was appointed Practice Manager in 2008. Natalie has continued her learning throughout her time at Linklaters, attending many courses on the latest lens designs and spectacle manufacturing. She has spent time at the Tom Davies Design School and the Silhouette factory in Linz, Austria which developed her keen interest in frame styling. Natalie thoroughly enjoys choosing new styles for the practice and aims to find the frame styles that offer our patients something a little bit different. She is also very passionate about dispensing our patients with the latest technology available.
In her spare time Natalie enjoys exploring the city of London along with her friends and family; she also loves to spend her spare time shopping (way too much).
Hazel Willby FBDO – Manager, Leslie Warren Opticians
▪ Specialisms: Teaching, complex prescriptions & frame design
Hazel joined Leslie Warren in January 2000 as Practice Manager. She has previously worked in both independent and multiple practices in the South-East as a dispensing optician.
Hazel studied to be a Dispensing Optician at City & East London College and throughout her career has seen (and worn) some amazing spectacle styles, and has a keen interest in the fashion side of dispensing, while not losing sight of the technical and practical aspects. Hazel has attended courses on frame and face shapes, colours (colour-me-beautiful) and styling, along with many courses on the technical aspects of lens and frame materials and optics. In 2012 Hazel successfully completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Management at Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford).
Hazel's hobbies include figure skating (90% watching, 10% participating), art and design, and learning to crochet, which, along with the maintenance of the Leslie Warren Twitter-feed, Pinterest and Facebook pages, keep her fully occupied in her spare time.
Tony Gunnell BSc (Hons) Audiology – Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser
▪ Specialisms: Invisible hearing aids, hearing & aftercare and Assisted Listening Devices
Tony has been an Audiologist for 40 years, qualifying in the NHS and initially working in London Teaching Hospitals gaining considerable experience in all aspects of diagnostic audiology and hearing aid fitting.
Moving into the private sector In 1990 and adding the qualification of Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser, Tony has worked for national hearing aid companies, the war pensions agency and other roles involved in all aspects of hearing aid dispensing, team management and training, and over the last 15 years additionally as an independent lecturer and examiner for the industry.
For the last 12 years Tony has been an education and training Audiologist for a leading hearing aid manufacturer. Tony is highly experienced in all areas of Audiology, clinical ear care, hearing aid fitting and hearing rehabilitation.