Danica Marrelli received her doctor of optometry degree from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), and completed a residency in hospital-based optometry at the Baltimore VA Medical Center in Baltimore, MD.
She is currently a clinical professor at UHCO, where she serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and staffs the glaucoma, retina, and general eye disease clinics. In the classroom, Dr. Marrelli teaches in the ocular pharmacology, glaucoma and case-based learning courses.
Dr. Marrelli became a diplomate in the ocular disease section of the American Academy of Optometry in November 2009 and is the secretary of the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
OD, FAAO, ABO Diplomate
Dr. Keith is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon and completed a hospital-based residency in ocular disease at the Kansas City VA Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Following residency, Dr. Keith joined the full-time faculty at the Illinois College of Optometry (ICO) in Chicago, Illinois. As an Assistant Professor, his primary focus was clinical teaching of optometry students and residents while seeing patients at the Illinois Eye Institute, but also taught in the laboratory and classroom. His passion for education was acknowledged by receiving six teaching awards. After five years at ICO, Dr. Keith joined the Eye Care Center, a group optometry private practice in the Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota.
In addition, Dr. Keith teaches review courses to optometry students in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico preparing for their national board exams and continuing education to practicing optometrists.Dr. Keith is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, a Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry, a member of the American Optometric Association, and serves as Chair of the Minnesota Optometric Association Education Committee.
He has been in the optical field since 1975, having managed a low vision clinic and an assistant manager for a national ophthalmic instruments company. He also ran a successful private practice for 16 years. He has written and/or reviewed many optical resources and in 2014 co-authored the text books Practical Optical Dispensing (3rd edn) with David Wilson and Practical Optical Workshop (2nd edn) with David Wilson and Steve Stenersen. He is currently a director of the Australian Dispensing Opticians Association (ADOA).
Casual academic on RMIT’s Certificate IV Optical Dispensing Course and ophthalmic training facilitator for Spectrum Optical, Leigh Robinson endorses best practice eye-care by elevating the level of training for optical staff through flexible training options
Leigh is a motivated ophthalmic industry teacher, promoting the reputation, training and advantage of qualified optical dispensers in Australia. Leigh believes best practice eye-care happens when all practice staff are trained beyond their role.
Empowering practice staff with knowledge and confidence provides many benefits for optometric practices including, staff retention, customer satisfaction, practice harmony, increased sales, reduced remakes and judicious diary management.
Passionate about guiding and training any new employee in sight, the move from practitioner to educator was a natural fit. James began his teaching career with TAFE NSW at Sydney Institute (Ultimo) in 1997 and his since taught with OTEN (Western Sydney Institute), Sydney Institute (Randwick) and the University of New South Wales, gaining his teaching qualifications along the way (Bachelor of Adult Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessing).
Chedy Kalach began his optical life when first qualified as an Orthoptist in 2001, and soon after moved into the retail and spectacle sphere of Optical Dispensing. Working with both corporate chains and independent practices, Chedy gained his Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing in 2004. Ever eager to learn, develop and grow, Chedy began his teaching career in 2009, completed the Certificate IV in Training and Assesement, gained a Masters of Business Administration in 2012, and has now taught across a variety of vocational education and training institutes in both Australia and New Zealand.
After some years of consideration, and in partnership with one of his original teachers James Gibbins, Chedy launched – The Australasian College of Optical Dispensing (ACOD), enrolling students throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Grant Hannaford is a qualified optical dispenser and lens designer with his own practice in Bowral NSW. He graduated with a BSc with a major in physics and pure mathematics, spectacle lens design with honours from ADBO (UK) as well as a BA (Hons) from the University of New England. He is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science.
Grant is a Fellow of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and ADOA. He is the past Chairman of the NSW Optical Dispensers Education Trust and the current Vice President of ADOA (NSW) and recent appointee to the Australian Standards Committee for Spectacles.
In 2018 Grant and Thao Hannaford founded AAOO to deliver ophthalmic optics education beyond the scope of TAFE, other RTOs and undergraduate optometry programmes in Australia. AAOO’s mission is to redefine the state of advanced ophthalmic optics education delivery in Australia in order to be commensurate with industry world leaders
MScOptom, FCOptom, DipTP(IP), ProfCertMedRet, FAAO, FEAOO, FIACLE, FBCLA, FAOI
Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, The University of Melbourne
David Foresto is a practicing optometrist and QUT lecturer from Brisbane and is also a former President of Optometry Queensland/NT.
David has a large specialist contact lens practice in Brisbane CBD where he works predominantly with custom contact lenses for keratoconus, myopia control and babies born with congenital cataract.
David also provides theatrical contact lens fitting for the movie industry and has provided eye care for elite athletes including Brisbane Broncos and Cirque du Soleil.
Nicola Peaper graduated from the University of Wales and qualified as an optometrist in the UK in 1985. She practiced in both private and corporate practice in the UK for 20 years including 8 years in her own practice. In 2001/2 she was employed as Ophthalmic Advisor to Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Health Authority.
Since moving to Australia in 2005 she has worked in optical laboratories advising on procedures and quality. In roles as State and National training manager she has gained extensive experience in presenting the technology behind, and the prescribing and fitting of ophthalmic lenses.
Willy Gunawan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009. Will was highly influenced by his placement at Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, which spurred an ongoing interest in keeping abreast with clinical developments in optometry. Will has owned an independent practice in Collins Street for around 10 years; this practice now thrives somewhat uniquely on the ninth floor of a CBD office building.
Will has served on the panel responsible for updating competency standards for the Australian optometric profession. He enjoys all aspects of optometry but has particular interests in dry eye disease, contact lenses and orthokeratology.
David Southgate graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1981 and has practised in the CBD for nearly 30 years, mainly in independent practice. He attained his Post Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2003.
Outside his full-time work in private practice in the city, for a time David was the Director of Professional Services in the National Secretariat of Optometry Australia. In 1992-94 David served as President of the Victorian Division of Optometry Australia. He played an important part in Victoria becoming the first state to legislate for optometrists to prescribe ocular therapeutics in 1996.
David is the author or co-author of half a dozen research papers covering topics as diverse as the role of vision in sport to papers on the state of the optometric workforce. His lifelong interest in sport and expertise in vision has seen David provide services to many elite sporting organisations and athletes.