WHO WE ARE
Visique Taradale Optometrists was originally started by Alan Grant over 50 years ago.
Amanda Shepherd took over the practice in 1996 and started with a full renovation, increasing the hours available for eye examinations until it became evident we had outgrown the original rooms.
In 2008 we moved to our current more spacious location, allowing us room for more staff and the latest equipment.
All of our team love working and getting to know everyone on Taradale. Our clients enjoy our service and return to see us regularly. Many have known us for years, enjoying the warm welcome and friendly, personalized service we offer.
B.Optom, TPA, Cert. Oc Pharm, ACC treatment provider, Accredited Police examiner
Amanda has worked within the Taradale community since 1992 and enjoyed it so much she purchased Visique Taradale in 1996.
She has over 30 years optometry experience and thoroughly enjoys her role and client contact. She believes in providing the time with clients to ensure they have all the information they need to understand what is happening their eyes and make fully informed decisions.
She has a special interest in aged care optometry including dry eyes, glaucoma and macular degeneration.
New Zealand Association of Optometrists
Cornea and Contact lens Society of NZ.
B. Optom, TPA, Cert Oc. Pharm, ACC treatment provider
Colleen joined the practice as a partner in 2019 and is well known in Hawkes Bay having worked in Hastings for many years prior to joining us in Taradale.
She has over twenty years’ experience working in both Australia and New Zealand. Her work has including time spent in a large central city practice and then as the sole charge optometrist in a rural practice in outback Australia.
She has an special interest in low vision and has completed post graduate study in this area.
New Zealand Association of Optometrists.
Certificate in Optical Dispensing
Jo-Anne is our fully qualified dispensing optician. Her primary role is to advise on frames, lens designs, materials and coatings, with technical advances in lens design being an important part of her role.
Jo-Anne’s job is to guide you through the process of selecting new glasses. She will ensure we understand what your visual needs are and tailor the best solution from the multitude of lenses we have available. Jo-Anne also loves finding frames that have you looking great!
The Association of Dispensing Opticians of New Zealand
Jo has been part of the Visique Taradale team since 1998. She works four days a week taking care of reception and admin.
Jo is the smiling face you see at the start of your client journey and as you leave the practice.
With over 20 years’ experience, Jo is the person to contact with any non-optical questions. She is a great source of knowledge for insurance claims, government subsidies or payment plans.
You will meet Leigh at reception on a Monday, Thursday evening and Friday.
Her role is to help you with choosing frames, complete minor adjustments and repairs, along with ensuring your optometry journey runs smoothly.