Welcome to our practice
Paul Harvey Optometry has been serving the Tamworth Region since 1987. In that time we have established a reputation for providing the best standards in patient care and customer service.
Paul has specialized in Behavioural Optometry since 1993 and has recently graduated in Ocular Therapeutics covering the treatment of Eye disease.
We are also proud to announce the opening of our third practice in George St, Quirindi. At Paul Harvey optometry your vision is our priority.
Paul Harvey – Optometrist – Bachelor of Optometry (Honours) and Graduate Certificate Ocular Therapeutics
Paul graduated from UNSW with honours in 1987 and practised in Wollongong and Muswellbrook before moving to Tamworth in 1989.
His ongoing training has involved specialized study in Ocular diseases, Contact Lenses and Behavioural Optometry, which is an area of practice involving assessing the visual problems associated with classroom learning.
Paul has completed his graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics and is now qualified to prescribe medications including antibiotics and glaucoma eye drops. He also trained at the Royal Hobart Hospital in the area of strabismus (eye turn) management.
Paul participates in co-management with general practitioners and other health professionals to monitor the ocular health of patients. He is passionate about outreach work in the Solomon Islands where he is currently involved in both healthcare and building projects in the Anglican church in Malaita province.
Benjamin graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2015. He is originally from Sydney and along with working out of our Peel street and Shoppingworld branches, he travels to Manilla and practices out of the Health One there.
Ben is passionate about understanding his patients’ needs and providing them with the best care possible. In particular, he is passionate about Children’s Vision and helping children reach their learning potential, and has an interest in Contact Lenses and detecting and managing Ocular Diseases.
Ben enjoys working alongside other health professionals to provide the care for patients’ overall health and well-being.
Simone joined our team in 2018 and is primarily working out of our Shoppingworld practice as well as testing at Peel Street, Quirindi and Manilla. She is originally from Wauchope and has moved to Tamworth after studying at the University of New South Wales.
Simone is proficient in performing comprehensive eye examinations, managing Ocular Disease and is interested in Orthokeratology. She enjoys working alongside other health professionals to ensure the highest level of patient care.
Margie, who has a Diploma of Optical Dispensing has been a part of this practice since 1997. Prior to working with us, she worked as an optical dispenser at OPSM for 7 years. Margie specializes in children’s glasses and prides herself in outstanding customer service. Margie was born in Maitland and moved to to Tamworth in 1990. She has four children and enjoys spending time with her family at home, especially with her grandchildren.
David has over 25 years of experience in the optical industry, commencing his career in Glen Innes and then progressing to Gunnedah and Tamworth. He attained his Diploma of Optical Dispensing in 1994.
David is proficient in the adjustment and repairs of optical and sunglass frames. David has a passion for good quality products that are fashionable and suited to individual styles.
Debra – Optical Assistant
Debra who has been in the practice since 2000, is responsible for the selection of fashionable eyewear, as well as the administrative tasks of keeping our practice well-stocked. Her background in banking has equipped her with organisational skills to help our practice run smoothly and efficiently. She is usually the first person to greet you with a friendly smile at our Peel Street store.
Karen first started in the optical industry in Mackay, Queensland. She worked at Hartley & Dolan Optometrists for a number of years before moving to Brisbane in 1991 where she worked for Eyewear-Now for nine years and managed their practice for three years . She then obtained Certificate 4 in Dispensing from Southbank TAFE in 1998. Karen then moved to Tamworth and worked at Eyewear in Dowe St before joining our team in 2007. She enjoys selecting the best frames and lenses for each individual. Karen is also competent in retinal photography which is used to diagnose and document conditions such as Glaucoma and Macula Degeneration.
Trudi – Optical Assistant
Trudi has been with our practice since 2011. She previously managed Eastmon digital centre and has been in the photography industry for many years, before deciding to join us. She has excellent customer service skills and makes patients feel welcome to the practice. Trudi has also been trained to do pre-testing and take retinal photos when patients first arrive for their appointment.
Rachael has been an Optical assistant with us since 2012. She’s great at helping kids find glasses they love to wear. Rachael can perform perceptual assessments for children with learning difficulties and is competent in Visual field and Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) tests for glaucoma assessment.
Rachael received her Certificate 4 in Optical Dispensing in 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle in 2014 and has been working with us since the start of 2015. Rachael mainly works out of out Shoppingworld branch and also travels to Manilla to work out of the Health One there and to our Quirindi branch.
Jacinta joined our team in 2017 after 3 years in the customer service industry. She has strong values for customer service and can often be found at our Shoppingworld practice. She has recently started her certificate 4 in Optical dispensing and is proficient in pretesting and retinal imaging.