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Newsome Opticians Values

Newsome Opticians Values

Your sight is precious and at Newsome Opticians we totally understand that. We strive to create a warm welcome for all our clients with each individual, whether private or NHS, receiving a professional, personal service ensuring accurately dispensed lenses and correctly fitted and styled frames.

All our staff are qualified to ensure your vision and health are in the safest of hands. Testing your eyesight is simply the start of a process as we also screen for other underlying health issues.
Having opened our Ivybridge practise in 1999 we have grown organically to meet customer demand, both private and NHS, with our Yealmpton branch opening in 2008 and Totnes branch opening in 2012.

Daryl Newsome | FBDO R CL

Contact Lens Practitioner, Dispensing Optician and Partner

Daryl qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1984, and later as a Contact Lens Specialist in 1995.
When not in one of our three practices he undertakes many educational roles. He is a Practical examiner for trainee dispensing opticians and an Associate lecturer at the Plymouth University Optometry Department. His enthusiasm for optics also enables him to find time to be a course tutor on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers.

Daryl’s in depth knowledge of spectacles and contact lenses has been invaluable for our patients and in house training.

Daryl Newsome | FBDO R CL
Jane Newsome | BSc Hons MC Optom

Jane Newsome | BSc Hons MC Optom

Optometrist and Partner

Jane enjoys all aspect of Optometry but specialises in Diabetic Retinal Screening and children’s vision. Having started her career as a dispensing optician managing a practice in Covent Garden, she returned to education gaining her degree in Optometry in 1996.

She heads up the Optometry team which comprises of Pam Adams, Helen McKinna , Kate Humphreys, Jane Mossford , Andrew McNeill, Dr David Adams, Richard Hoyland and Louise Frost.

Pam Adams | BSc Hons MC Optom

Optometrist and Clinical tutor

Pam has been part of the Ivybridge team for 7 years. Specialising in the Glaucoma Shared Care Scheme she is also very active in her Charity work with Vision Aid Overseas.

Pam Adams | BSc Hons MC Optom
Kate Humphreys | BSc Hons MC Optom

Kate Humphreys | BSc Hons MC Optom

Optometrist

Kate is one of our full time Optometrists working between Ivybridge and Totnes. She specialises in the Glaucoma Shared Care Scheme, a scheme developed between the hospital eye service and local optometrists to care for and monitor people with glaucoma.

Helen McKinna | BSc Hons MC Optom

Optometrist

Helen is part of the Diabetic Retinal Screening team at Derriford and specialises in the Glaucoma Shared Care Scheme.

Helen McKinna | BSc Hons MC Optom
Andrew McNeill | BSc Hons

Andrew McNeill | BSc Hons

Optometrist

Andrew has been with the Ivybridge team for 4 years and has a special interest in ocular pathology, an important part of eye disease diagnosis.

Jane Mossford | BSc Hons FC Optom

Optometrist

Jane works two days a week for us and is part of the Diabetic Screening team and the Glaucoma Shared Care Scheme.

Jane Mossford | BSc Hons FC Optom
Nick Houghton | FBDO CL

Nick Houghton | FBDO CL

Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Practitioner

Nick is a Dispensing Optician and has been fitting Contact Lenses for 30 years. He also specialises in Colorimetry, which provides coloured overlays and tinted spectacle lenses for children and adults who suffer from visual stress.

Laura Acreman | FBDO CL

Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Practitioner

Laura has been with the team for 10 years and works in Ivybridge and Totnes branches

Laura Acreman | FBDO CL
Jane Wilson FBDO CL

Jane Wilson FBDO CL

Jane joined the group in March 2017 and is a great asset to our team.
She is a dispensing optician and has been fitting contact lenses for over 20 years.
She is also a practical examiner for ABDO and a diabetic screener.
As an Ambassador for careers in Optics she also enjoys visiting schools and supporting teenagers with work experience.

Rebecca Swiggs | FBDO

Dispensing Optician

Rebecca started working with us as a receptionist and developed such an interest in her work she undertook the 3 year dispensing course qualifying in 2011, supervised by Daryl.

Rebecca Swiggs | FBDO
Theresa Friend | FBDO

Theresa Friend | FBDO

Dispensing Optician

With further expansion of our Totnes branch in 2012 Theresa joined our ever growing dispensing team. Coming from a multiple chain of Opticians she is now enjoying the individuality of an independent.

Gill Matthews

Technician

Gill has been with us for 8 years and along with Daryl and Laura makes up our Glazing team. Between them they run our in-house glazing lab ensuring that our exacting standards are consistently met.

Gill Matthews
Admin

Admin

Our Admin team consists of Karen Vincent, Anita Heately, Sara Johansen, Heather Buckingham, Sara Walker, Anya Menge and Benjamin Heately. This team is at the forefront of our business and bring with them a wealth of experience. From Karen who has been with us for 15 years to Ben who started as an apprentice two years ago. They manage the day to day running of the practice and are the first point of contact when you visit or call.

Dr David Adams | PHD MC Optom

Locum Specialist

Head Optometrist at Plymouth Royal Eye Infirmary

Dr Adams occasionally takes time away from his busy schedule at the REI to work with us.

Dr David Adams | PHD MC Optom
Louise Frost | BSc Hons MC Optom

Louise Frost | BSc Hons MC Optom

Locum Specialist

Optometrist at the West of England Eye Unit

Louise has been a locum with us at Totnes since we opened in 2012. She is the Head of the Optometry Service at the West of England Eye Unit at The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and has a special interest in paediatric optometry, contact lens fitting and macular degeneration.

A P Booth | FRCOphth PHD

Locum Specialist

Consultant Ophthalmologist at Royal Eye Infirmary.

Along with his own hectic schedule at the REI, where he specialises in Cataract Surgery, Glaucoma and Genetics, Mr Booth runs a monthly general clinic in our Ivybridge practice.

A P Booth | FRCOphth PHD