Meet our amazing team at Robinson Optometrists
Read about our award winning team who provide the latest in modern and effective eye care.
Nigel is mainly involved in management of the Practice but maintains his registration so that he is able to provide emergency cover.
Nigel graduated in Optometry from the University of Bradford in 1982. He did his pre-registration training in Newcastle between Practice and the RVI hospital. His next step was as a Practice manager for a national chain in Lincoln and Leeds. Later, the draw of his native North East led him to become an associate in his native town of Morpeth.
Nigel and Judith married in 1986, and started their joint business venture above a chemist’s shop in Monkseaton in 1991.
His interest in Ocular Therapeutics resulted in him completing the first two parts of a therapeutic diploma at Glasgow Caledonian University.
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Judith graduated from The University of Bradford in 1986. She then worked between Private practice and Newcastle General Hospital.
Judith also took a special interest in Ocular Therapeutics. As a result she completed the first two parts of a diploma at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Judith has now retired from working in the practice as an optometrist.
However, as Director of Robinson Optometrists, she continues to carry out management and administration duties maintaining regular contact with the team.
John is our colleague from North of the border. Having moved to Scotland from South Africa in his youth, John graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2003. He then joined Nigel and Judith as a pre-registration student and qualified in 2004. The practice has trained pre-registration patients in the past but John fitted in so well that he was kept on as an associate and has certainly developed a healthy fan base.
He has a special interest in contact lenses since he himself is a wearer. He is also heavily involved in the North Tyneside diabetic eye care programme.
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From Scotland to Ireland, Gary flies the flag for the Emerald Isle. Having graduated with a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester in 2005, Gary has developed a very successful career in the Hospital Eye Service.
He began in Newcastle and Sunderland Hospitals where he specialised in post-cataract, eye casualty, paediatric and medical contact lens clinics. He now works in South Tees Hospitals where has established an optometry-led glaucoma service.
Gary was one of the youngest optometrists to acquire independent prescribing status (ability to write medical prescriptions) in 2011 and was the first optometrist in the UK to achieve the (new) Diploma in Glaucoma.
He has proved to be a very popular addition to the practice where he works 3 days each week.
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Elaine, along with our own Gary McMullan, is one of the very few Independent Prescribing Optometrists in the region, a much sought after qualification.
She has worked extensively in The RVI as well as Independent Practice and is passionate about the eyecare of her patients. Her recent experience of working in The Eye Emergency Department will prove invaluable to The Practice.
What’s more, we can vouch for her being just a lovely person and is destined to be a huge hit with patients and staff alike. She joins our established Team of optometrists, Nigel, Judith, John, Gary and Jim who are all very much looking forward to working with her.
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The very affable Jim, is a favourite with our Saturday customers. Jim brings a wealth of experience, including time when he managed a busy laser clinic. He has a keen interest in contact lenses.
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We are so privileged to have enlisted the help of hospital optometrist Sophie Worsman to our Team. Sophie will be working part time for Robinson’s and part time for The RVI. Sophie first graduated in Geography from Durham University, before changing course and doing her optometry degree at Cardiff University. She has a keen interest in contact lenses and in her front-line work in the eye department.
Tracy started working for Nigel and Judith over ten years ago and as the practice has grown has taken on the role of manager. Tracy’s previous experience working as a nurse in the NHS gave her a great insight into looking after patients and creating a happy environment in the workplace, an ethos which is embraced by all at Robinson Optometrists.
In the unlikely event that you have any problems with our service, you can rest assured that Tracy or Jayne will be on hand to provide a solution.
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Dispensing Manager Anth offers a huge depth of experience to The Robinson Optometrists Family. He qualified as an Optical lab Technician in 1997, before deciding to train as a dispensing optician.
Having graduated with distinction in 2010, he has managed various busy practices and was a member of The Team of the Year in the 2018 Optician Awards, when working for Keyes Opticians, Gosforth.
He is a Practice Auditor for Anglian University and a tutor for students of The Association of Dispensing Opticians.
The most important thing about Anth however, is that he loves people and guarantees that you will be delighted with your glasses.
Robyn started with Robinsons as a trainee dispensing optician. Three years later, having passed all her exams with flying colours, she became a qualified dispensing optician in 2017. She is a great asset to The Practice and has a keen interest in fashion, especially eye wear.
Our lab manager Ken has over 30 years’ experience as an optical technician. He ran his own lab in Wallsend for many years and we feel very privileged to have secured his services at Robinsons.
Ken is often able to carry out emergency repairs and undertake on site glazing.
Stock lenses can sometimes be glazed within one hour of ordering.
Of course we have a wonderful team of friendly knowledgeable front line staff:
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