The team



Mrs Anita Shah BSc MSc MCOptom DipTP(IP) Higher Cert Glaucoma

Dr Claire O’Leary BSc PhD MCOptom


Senior optometrist:

Prof Bruce Evans BSc PhD FCOptom FAAO FEAOO FBCLA DipCLP DipOrth   


Staff optometrists:

Ms Hinal Amin BSc MCOptom


Dispensing team

Dispensing opticians

Natasha Browne FBDO

Nick Garton FBDO


Dispensing assistants

Lesley Tassen

Jaabir Booly


Support staff

Lesley Barnett (Practice Manager)

Jackie Gates (Accounts Manager)

Belinda Hickey

Katie Milham

Georgina Stevens

Jaabir Booly

Paul Gates

Melanie Burling

Mahiya Mohchin

Hanna Webb


Information about the team

Dr Claire O’Leary has worked at the practice for over 20 years and in 2010 was awarded a PhD for research on clinical optometry. Her PhD examiners were very flattering about the quality of her research. Claire has specialised in dry eye and provides specialist advice to patients on the diagnosis and management of dry eye.


Mrs Anita Shah joined the practice in May 2008 and holds the highly respected MSc in Clinical Optometry from City, University of London. In 2014 Anita passed the College of Optometrists Independent Prescribing examination and joins the elite group of optometrists with independent prescribing rights. She also holds the College of Optometrists Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma. Anita works at the practice two days a week and works in a community hospital eye clinic where she diagnoses and treats glaucoma and related conditions.


Professor Evans was director of the practice from 1996-2022. Bruce has reduced his clinics to one a week to concentrate on his work as Director of Research at the Institute of Optometry, and consultancy. Professor Evans is not taking on any new patients but will be happy to recommend one of his colleagues.


Ms Hinal Amin joined the practice in June 2022. Hinal studied optometry at City, University of London and since qualifying as an optometrist in 2019 has undertaken a specialist qualification in medical retina. Hinal is proving popular with patients for her clinical and excellent communication skills.


Natasha Browne joined the team in March 2019 and is our Dispensing Manager. Tasha has over 10 years’ experience as a registered optician and has been working in Shenfield for several years. Nick Garton has been working with us for over 10 years and has many years’ experience as a dispensing optician. Lesley Tassen joined the team in 2021 as a dispensing assistant. The dispensing team are ably assisted by Jaabir Booly, who has worked at the practice since 2014.


Lesley Barnett joined the practice in 2000 and has a reputation for outstanding organisational skills. Lesley worked for many years as Professor Evans’ PA and in 2013 was promoted to Practice Manager. Jaabir Booly works with Lesley as Practice Secretary. Mrs Jackie Gates is one of our longest-standing members of staff, and in 2023 will have worked at the practice for 50 years. Jackie works at the practice part-time and is Accounts Manager and in charge of contact lens ordering. Belinda Hickey joined the team in 2010 and Katie Milham in 2014. Both are frequently to be found on reception and answering the telephone and are always pleased to make new patients feel welcome. Georgina Stevens joined the practice in 2018 and Melanie Burling in 2021. Both are popular with patients for their friendly, efficient manner.


Mahiya Mohchin and Hannah Webb work with us on Saturdays and look after the digital filing systems and help on reception. Paul Gates also helps run the reminder system.


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Updated July 2022