Our team here at Pip's Optical Place have a combined wealth of knowledge and are highly experienced with in the optical industry. Keep reading to find out a little more about the friendly faces you'll meet when you visit us...
Optical Mechanic / Dispenser
Pip completed her 4 year apprenticeship in optical mechanics/dispensing in 1995 at RMIT. With 29 years experience in the industry, she provides a wealth of knowledge, skill and expertise in optics. Pip has worked at this practice for over 21 years and more recently purchased it in 2015. She is passionate about capturing her patients' individual style and providing products of the highest quality.
Raelene completed her Optical dispensing Cert IV certificate at RMIT in 1998.
She has 23 years experience in the Optical industry with a tremendous of product knowledge and skill within the industry.
After completing her 4 year degree she went on to work for a number of Optical groups including independent optometrists.
She now joins the team at Pips Optical Place as a casual employee.
Raelene is passionate about style and the latest Optical trends, her personal goals are patients individual needs.
BVisSci.MOptom CertAdvCL (ACO)
Rebecca is our principal optometrist at the practice. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry and has worked in various optometry practices across Melbourne.
Rebecca has a passion for using advanced technology to detect and manage ocular disease, including Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy. She is endorsed to prescribe scheduled medicines to treat a range of eye conditions. Rebecca has a special interests in children's vision and advanced contact lens fitting (including Ortho-Keratology and rigid gas permeable contact lenses). Recently, she completed a myopia control course through the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Sydney. She enjoys educating patients on the evidence-based treatment options available to reduce the onset, as well as the progression of myopia, in order to reduce the ocular health risks associated with the condition.
Rebecca was born and raised in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and cycling in the great outdoors.
Helen comes to Pip's Optical Place with a variety of experience in private practice, both in country and city settings. She graduated from the University of Melbourne over 10 years ago in the first cohort to include therapeutics (ability to prescribe topical medicines). For a number of years she worked at a well regarded multi-location optometry practice in West Gippsland, and was fortunate to manage a wide variety of cases.
Since being at Pip's Optical Place, Helen has enjoyed continuing to see a range of patients, but also helping lots of children. She has a patient centred approach, and is passionate about improving and optimising the visual and eye health outcomes of her patients.
When not working, she is mum to her two young children. She enjoys cooking and staying active, as well as volunteering at her local church.
Alisha is the newest member to join the team. She has just recently begun her Optical dispensing trainee-ship here at Pips. Alisha was born on the Gold Coast but loves Melbourne so shes here to stay! She loves all things fashion and is fascinated with the way glasses can change a persons look as well as their quality of life. Shes extremely eager to learn and move forward in the world of optics.