Optometrists

ANDREW BOWDEN: Owner/Managing Director/Optometrist

andrew bowden owner managing director optometrist/orthokeratologist at envision optical gold coast

andrew@envisionoptical.com.au

Since graduating from QUT with Honours in 1995, Andrew has worked in private practice on the Gold Coast and New Farm in Brisbane. In 2001 he returned to Visions, and became a partner in January 2003. After becoming Managing Partner in 2006, Andrew was responsible for the oversight of the ten Visions practices including business operations and staff management. In addition to this he also managed to see patients 3-4 days a week! In 2010, due to changes in the industry and different ideas on how to move forwards, the partners disbanded the Visions group and Andrew decided to form his own independent eyecare brand that can offer Gold Coast residents a unique individualized experience. A local brand, with local relationships, and genuinely part of the local community. With his wife Honor, an artist, they conceived an eyecare brand that would truly aim to create individual solutions for each unique client/patient that walked in the door.

Andrew usually consults at Treetops, Burleigh Heads, and Tweed Heads South each week. His professional passion is providing quality vision and eye health outcomes to his patients. Andrew is excited to be delivering industry leading technology in preventative vision and eye health management, including vision correction utilising ortho-keratology and myopia control lenses, preventative eye health care via nutrition and diet management, particularly in the areas of macular health and dry eyes, and computer based therapy for binocular vision disorders and reading difficulties. He is passionate about Envision using cutting edge technology such as OCT scanning, MPOD macular health measurement, and digital scans to provide optimal eye health care. Andrew was one of the first optometrists in Queensland to offer IPL therapy for Dry Eyes.

Andrew completed the SUNY Ocular Therapeutics course in 1997, a post-graduate qualification in business management in 2002, and several short courses through the Australian Institute of Management. He underwent specialty training in Ortho-K in 2004. In 2009, Andrew completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at QUT and became certified to prescribe ocular medications. He has served as a clinical supervisor at QUT from 1998-2000. In 2011, Andrew became a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society of America, to further his knowledge in the area of nutrition in eyecare. In 2012 he became an accredited aviation vision examiner for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, listening to music and attending live shows, travel, cooking and eating out, reading, politics and world events, watching cricket, rugby and basketball, and fishing.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Optometry (Hons) QUT 1995
  • Graduate Certificate Ocular Therapeutics QUT 2009
  • Diagnostic Ophthalmic Drugs Certificate
  • Certificate Small Business Management 2002
  • SUNY Ocular Therapeutics Certificate 1997
  • Credentialed Optometrist CASA 2012

 

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia
  • Member Cornea and Contact Lens Society Australia
  • Member Orthokeratology Society of Oceania
  • Member International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control
  • Member Ocular Nutrition Society
  • Member of Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry
  • Member International Keratoconus Academy
  • Member Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce

 

NICOLE ARNOLD: Optometrist

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nicole@envisionoptical.com.au

After growing up on the Gold Coast, Nicole attended QUT in the same student intake as Andrew. Following graduation in 1995, Nicole moved back to the coast with her husband, and worked for various local optometrists. For the last 10 years, in between raising her 4 children and helping her husband run their successful surveying and town planning business, Nicole has worked part-time in practices owned by Andrew Bowden. She enjoys general optometry practice and looks forward to her weekly sessions at Tweed Heads. Away from work she is kept very busy spending time with her husband Michael and their four children, and enjoys travel and reading good books.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Applied Science Optometry QUT 1995

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia

                                        ALICE FORSYTH: Optometrist

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alice@envisionoptical.com.au

On graduating from the University of NSW in 1985, Alice has worked in rural and suburban Optometry, moving with her family to the Gold Coast in 1995. When her own son had difficulty learning to read, she began to build a knowledge base in visual development and behavioural optometry, which continues to engage her. Alice has a keen interest in paediatric optometry, myopia development and management, acquired brain injury and the mechanics of vision – the fine motor control of the eyes that we use every day to see efficiently and comfortably. She enjoys enabling all individuals to meet the high level of visual demands in their daily lives – from mobility, to learning, to sport. She is currently studying for her Fellowship with the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry.

Alice is passionate about her family – husband Ken, their 2 children and 3 grandchildren and values the time spent with each one. She enjoys both playing and listening to music – especially jazz, classical and the rock from her school and Uni years, and plays bass in her church band. She would love to be more disciplined in getting on her bike, dreams of living a paddock-to-plate lifestyle and is patiently waiting for the day when the Wallabies win back the Bledisloe Cup from the All Blacks.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Optometry, UNSW 1985
Diagnostic Ophthalmic Drugs Certificate 1986
Master of Optometry: Behavioural Optometry Unit 1999
Current study: Fellowship in Behavioural Optometry

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

Member Optometry Australia
Member Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry
Member Orthokeratology Society of Oceania

                              CASSIE BAAN: Optometrist

 

cassie@envisionoptical.com.au

Cassie has recently joined our optometry team after graduating from QUT at the end of 2017. She has been a  part of the Envision family for 4 years, working with us as an optical dispenser through her last 4 years of Uni on Saturdays and holidays. She excelled at QUT in her clinical studies and is enjoying seeing patients and helping them with their vision problems. Cassie has a particular interest in children’s behavioural vision care and specialty contact lenses and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge working with her experienced colleagues at Envision.

In her spare time Cassie still connects with her acting past (she has an acting degree!!) and performs in local productions. She also has a slight obsession with puppies.

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Bachelor of Vision Science, Master of Optometry, QUT
  • Therapeutically Endorsed

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia

                     SAMRAJ KAUR BAHIA : Optometrist

 

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samraj@envisionoptical.com.au

Sam has moved to Gold Coast following her recent marriage. She has previously worked in rural and regional Australia as a sole optometrist providing eyecare to outreach areas. Sam enjoys all aspects of optometry particularly tailoring each eyetest to each patient. Mostly she is passionate about communication by ensuring that patients understand how they can support their own eyehealth and maintain good vision between check ups.

Sam enjoys making jewellery and being outdoors. She adores dogs and would like to get a Bernese Mountain dog in the near future.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor of Vision Science, Master of Optometry Deakin
  • Therapeutically Endorsed

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Member, Optometrists Association Australia