The Story Behind Our Story
Since opening in 2015 The Eye Place has gone from strength to strength and surpassed owners, Adam and Anna’s expectations in more ways than one.
The Eye Place was an aspiration of Adam and Anna’s for over five years. They wanted to build a business of their own 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 ultimately wanted to settle, an Optometry Practice in Singleton seemed ideal. The opportunity to design a practice from scratch, apply their combined work experiences, along with the idea that they could 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 local events like the Singleton Business Awards, as well as being involved with charities, Lions Recycle for Sight and Be the One Percent organisation.
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Meet the team behind The Eye Place
Adam Maher – The Optometrist
Born and raised in Singleton with his sister Kasie and his brother Lucas. Adam’s parents, Lyn and Chris, were also raised in Singleton and both families, the MacDonalds and Mahers, 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, which 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, taking one 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; and completed his Therapeutics qualification back at The University of NSW.
Samantha Heuston – Optical Dispenser and 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 she was offered a school-based traineeship with the local council, gaining 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 is what attracted her to apply for a position with The Eye Place back 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.
Tania Smith – Customer Service and Administration
Tania is a Singleton local who, after Graduating from St Catherine’s College commenced work in Medical Administration locally. 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 being immersed in the sports as well. Some of Tania’s favourite aspects of her role in Sales and Administration is caring for our wonderful clients, helping clients making informed choices with their eyewear and of course helping choose stock is always fun!
Anna Davies – Operations
Raised on the Central Coast with her brother Paul. Anna’s parents, Kathy and Ian, were also raised on the Central Coast where they reside. Anna was born in New Zealand when the family were living there as part of Ian’s work placement. After time in New Zealand, the family also lived in the United Kingdom before returning to the Central Coast in time for Anna & Paul to begin primary school.
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 and was a member of the Senior Executive Team at the company.