Our Story, Our Story, The Eye Place

THE STORY BEHIND OUR STORY

Since opening in 2015, The Eye Place has gone from strength to strength. The business has surpassed owners, Adam and Anna’s expectations in more ways than one. Our Story is one of success through a tight-knit community.
 
The Eye Place was an aspiration of Adam and Anna’s for over five years. They wanted to build their own business and felt they could combine their skills to make a great Optometry Practice. The idea was born over a weekend in Singleton visiting Adam’s family. Talking about what each of them wanted to do with their careers and where they wanted to settle, an Optometry Practice in Singleton seemed ideal. The opportunity to design a practice from scratch, apply their combined work experiences, and relocate to the Hunter Valley, made them determined to make this idea a reality.
 
The warm reception and support for the business that the Singleton people have shown has been fantastic and greatly appreciated. In return, The Eye Place celebrates the local community by sponsoring many local events. Some of these inlcude the Singleton Business Awards and Spend in Singleton. The Eye Place also support numerous charities including Lions Recycle for Sight and Be the One Percent organisation.

Meet The Team Behind The Eye Place

Our Story, Our Story, The Eye Place

Adam Maher

the optometrist

Adam was born and raised in Singleton with his sister Kasie and his brother Lucas. Adam’s parents were also raised in Singleton and their families have been in Singleton for many generations.
 
Adam attended Singleton Heights Primary School and Singleton High School. In 1998 he moved to Sydney to study Optometry at The University of NSW. While studying, Adam worked as a dispenser’s assistant at OPSM in Bondi Junction. This role gave him valuable training and insight into this area of the Optometry Industry.  After completing his Bachelor of Optometry, and receiving the Neville Fulthorpe Award for Clinical Excellence, Adam returned to Singleton to take an Optometry position in the OPSM at Gowrie Street Mall.
 
After living away from Anna for a year, Adam returned to Sydney to live. The couple remained in Sydney for the next 10 years with Adam working in various practices in the city and Central Coast. He also took a year off to travel through Asia, Europe and South America. Before returning to Singleton, Adam took on locum positions in Perth, Hervey Bay, Canberra and Adelaide. He also completed his Therapeutics qualification back at The University of NSW.

SAMANTHA HEUSTON

Optical dispenser & customer service

Sam’s family have been a part of the local Singleton community for many years. While completing her studies at Singleton High School, Sam was offered a school-based traineeship with the local council. There, she gained exposure and training in various departments such as Information Services, Finance and Tourism.
 
Sam found her enthusiasm and passion was for a Customer Service based role, which attracted her to apply for a position with The Eye Place in 2015. While working full-time at The Eye Place, Sam completed her training in Optical Dispensing and is now a qualified Optical Dispenser.
 
At the 2018 Singleton Business Awards Sam was the winner of the Employee of the Year Award.
Our Story, Our Story, The Eye Place
Our Story, Our Story, The Eye Place

TANIA SMITH

Customer service & administration

Tania is a Singleton local who, after Graduating from St Catherine’s College commenced work in Medical Administration. Since then she has gained experience in Engineering, Business Management and Hospitality before joining us for the opening of The Eye Place in 2015.
 
She enjoys being a local dance and cheer instructor, with her two daughters involved in the sports as well. Some of Tania’s favourite aspects of her role in Sales and Administration is caring for our wonderful clients and helping them make informed choices with their eyewear. And of course – helping choose stock is always fun!

anna davis

operations

Anna was raised on the Central Coast by her parents, Kathy and Ian, alongside her brother Paul. Anna was born in New Zealand when the family were living there as part of Ian’s work placement. After living in New Zealand, the family moved to the UK before returning to the Central Coast a few years later.
 
After completing high school, Anna moved to Sydney to study a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Western Sydney. While studying part time, Anna worked in a full time position at a Chartered Accounting firm in the city. After returning from world travel with Adam, Anna took on a new role at an Accounting and Financial Planning company ultimately becoming their Operations Manager. During this time Anna completed a Masters of Operations Management back at the University of Western Sydney.
Our Story, Our Story, The Eye Place
Our Story, Our Story, The Eye Place

Anthony

Optical dispenser & customer service

Anthony has been working with us since October 2020. He’s trained in all aspects of optical dispensing, contact lens training and frame adjustment and repair.

Anthony is passionate about learning and brings a friendly, easy-going and energetic vibe to our team and clients. He says he couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with and is passionate about helping our clients to see clearly with the right glasses.

As a Singleton local, Anthony loves how connected the community is both online and in-person. He enjoys being able to work close to home and loves being in a community where everyone is willing to help.

Outside of work, Anthony spends his spare time with his partner and their eight-year-old foster son who lives with them fulltime. His downtime consists of gardening, cuddling with his dog and two cats, or studying Hollywood film and movie stars from the 1940s.

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