Our Optometrists

Optical by National Pharmacies is home to over 15 experienced and friendly Optometrists across South Australia. Each and every one of our Optometrists is dedicated to caring for your eye health and helping with any and all of your concerns. Take a look below to learn a little more about your local Optometrist.

Lisa Cheng

Optical by National Pharmacies Torrensville, Marion, Glenelg and Victor Harbor

After intending to study commerce at university, Lisa decided to go down the path of Optometry. Her favourite part of the role is meeting new people and being able to help them with something as important as their sight and eyes.

Lisa Specialises in:

  • Dry Eye
  • Contact Lenses
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Diabetic Retinopathy

Cameron Girgenti

Optical by National Pharmacies Blackwood and Glenelg

With a Bachelor of Optometry and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics, Cameron became an Optometrist because he always wanted to provide healthcare – but without the blood and guts. As an optometrist at our Blackwood and Glenelg stores, Cameron loves helping patients to achieve better vision, and ultimately improve their overall quality of life.

Cameron Specialises in:

  • Comprehensive Eye Examinations
  • Dry Eye
  • Contact Lenses
  • Orthokeratology

Gemma Ji

Optical by National Pharmacies Glenelg, Marion and Modbury

Gemma knows what it’s like to suffer from vision problems. As a child she was very short-sighted and still remembers the ‘wow’ moment of seeing clearly for the first time.  It was this, combined with her love of science and desire to help people, that drew Gemma to Optometry.  With a Bachelor of Optometry, with first class honours, Gemma loves seeing the confidence a slight improvement or change in a patient’s eyesight can provide.

Gemma Specialises in:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Paediatric Optometry
  • Myopic Management

Helen Pissas

Optical by National Pharmacies Cumberland Park and Mount Barker

Helen decided she wanted to be an Optometrist when she first read about Fred Hollows. After finishing high school, she started studying Optometry and loves making a difference in her patient’s lives.

Helen specialises in:

  • Digital Retinal Scans
  • Full Eye Consultations in Greek (fluent)

Jemma Leonard

Optical by National Pharmacies Golden Grove, Marion, Modbury and Torrensville

Jemma has been working in the optics even before becoming an Optometrist, starting as an Optical Dispenser in her younger years before choosing to study Optometry. With a keen interest in health and providing individualised solutions for her patient’s vision needs, Jemma enjoys educating her patients in regards to their eye health and visual function. 

Jemma specialises in:

  • Children’s Vision
  • Anterior Eye Diseases
  • Dry Eye Disease
  • Blephasteam

John Altmann

Optical by National Pharmacies Marion and Victor Harbor

John first experienced Optometry at the age of 10 when he needed glasses himself, leading him to become an Optometrist. With a love of meeting and interacting with new people, John loves the balance of medical, technical and personal aspects of being an Optometrist, particularly the feeling of helping someone achieve something that they weren’t able to achieve before their interaction with him. 

John specialises in:

  • General Optometry
  • Diagnosing and Monitoring Ocular Disease
  • Therapeutically qualified to treat anterior eye diseases

Kathy Dini

Optical by National Pharmacies Cumberland Park, Mount Barker and Christies Beach

Kathy loves the challenge that Optometry brings, allowing her to diagnose and treat various eye conditions on a daily basis. ⁠

Mark Hook

Optical by National Pharmacies Gawler and Craigmore

Mark became an Optometrist to help vision impaired people see the world as a better place. Experiencing sight issues himself, Mark wanted to help make a difference in the lives of others like him. 

Mark specialises in:

  • Comprehensive Eye Examinations
  • Children’s Vision
  • Contact Lenses
  • Orthokeratology

Mark O’Connor

Optical by National Pharmacies Marden and Newton

Optometry is in the family for Mark, with his father and grandfather both being Optometrists. Mark has been an Optometrist with Optical by National Pharmacies since 2001 and loves helping his patients with their individual eye concerns. Mark’s quirky sense of humour means he often has a joke ready to go for his patients.

Mark specialises in:

  • Retinal Photography
  • Optomap (180 degree retinal scanning)
  • OCT Imaging of the Macula
  • Glaucoma Assessment
  • Corneal Topography
  • Contact Lens Prescribing

Pamela Nicholl

Optical by National Pharmacies Blackwood, Golden Grove and Modbury

Pamela has always been passionate about health and science, so Optometry seemed like the perfect fit for her career. Pamela studied a Bachelor of Medical Science and Vision Science with a Master of Optometry, and is also a Therapeutically endorsed Optometrist.  Pamela loves educating her patients about their eye health and working with them to maintain their best sight, prevent eye disease and manage their eye conditions.

Pamela specialises in:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Dry Eye
  • Orthokeratology
  • Diabetic Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration

Paul Dini

Optical by National Pharmacies Findon

Paul became an Optometrist to help people see the world and is as passionate about being part of his patient’s journey to better eyesight as he is about the Sydney Swans.

Peter Dixon

Optical by National Pharmacies Golden Grove and Modbury

Peter states that the saying ‘Apart from life itself, our greatest gift is sight’ has been the motivation for his career. Having provided eye care and advice with Optical by National Pharmacies for the past 20 years, Peter strives to provide great visual outcomes for every patient, whether that be spectacles, contact lenses, visual training or advice and action.

Peter specialises in:

  • Contact Lens Fitting
  • Children’s Vision
  • Myopia
  • Dry Eye

Philip Milford

Optical by National Pharmacies Adelaide, Glenunga and Norwood

Optometry is in Philip’s blood, with his father also being an Optometrist. After graduating with a Bachelor of Optometry and Ocular Therapeutics, Philip became an Optometrist to help people with eye discomfort and failing vision.

Philip specialises in:

  • Dry Eye
  • Contact Lens Fitting, Prescription and Supply
  • Eye Health Checks
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular Degeneration

Samantha Letang

Optical by National Pharmacies Adelaide, Cumberland Park and Glenunga

Samantha loves everything about Optometry. A Therapeutically endorsed Optometrist who studied at the University of Auckland, Samantha particularly enjoys meeting and relating to people daily and finding ways to make their vision better.

Samantha specialises in:

  • Rigid gas permeable lenses
  • Orthokeratology
  • Therapeutics

Stuart Aitchison

Optical by National Pharmacies Golden Grove, Modbury, Torrensville and West Lakes

Stuart is a career Optometrist with decades of experience in the industry. With a desire to help people with their visual problems and needs, Stuart has appointments available at Optical by National Pharmacies Golden Grove, Modbury, Torrensville and West Lakes.

Stuart specialises in:

  • Contact Lenses
  • Orthokeratology

Yianna Nikoloutsopoulos

Optical by National Pharmacies Christies Beach

Yianna always knew she wanted a career where she could help people. Graduating as a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist, Yianna loves interacting with different people and helping them with their eye health needs.

Yianna specialises in General Optometry and is a Therapeutically Endorsed Optometrist.

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