Meet Our Team

Our Optometrists

Dario Canale

Dario Canale

Practice Owner and Principal Optometrist
B. Science, B. Optometry, Post Grad (Ocular Therapeutics), ACBO

Principal optometrist at Ashburton Eyecare, Dario has over 20 years experience in optometry consulting. He is therapeutically endorsed to provide ocular medicines if required, and regularly treats eye infections, inflammations and allergies.

His interests lie in the fields of:

  • Paediatric Optometry
  • Retinal Pathology
  • Anterior eye inflammations / infections
  • Dry eye
  • Myopia Control
  • Contact lenses

Dario enjoys the broad-scope of optometry found in a private practice setting. In particular, he enjoys the human side of consulting and believes education should be a natural integral part of any consultation. He takes a special interest in children’s vision.

Dario is a passionate amateur photographer and loves spending time with his family including his two boys.

Claire Jackson

Claire Jackson

Consulting Optometrist

Claire has been practicing optometry for over 20 years. She loves being an optometrist as she enjoys helping people achieve their best visual outcomes and helping them to maintain optimal ocular health.

Claire practices full scope optometry with ocular therapeutics and a special interest in contact lenses.

She lives locally with her family and enjoys keeping fit and reading a good book.

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Gregg Rodda

Gregg Rodda

Practice Manager

Gregg has extensive experience in managing optometry practices. He is trained as an optical technician and has invaluable knowledge gained throughout his 25 years in the optical industry.

He enjoys utilising Ashburton Eyecare’s fully equipped in-house workshop for glasses cutting/tinting/grinding & general repair work. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and answer any queries you may have.

Melanie Foster

Melanie Foster

Optical Dispenser

Melanie brings her expertise in sunglass eyewear to Ashburton Eyecare, having worked exclusively in the designer sunglass industry, before re-directing her frame styling expertise knowledge into optics.
Since then, Melanie has worked in both private and corporate optometry practices, enhancing her skills to deal with a diverse range of customers.

Melanie enjoys an in-depth approach with patients so she can provide the best product for the
individual, whilst understanding their requirements through rapport.

Melanie is a fully qualified Optical Dispenser, and we are proud to have her styling and optics knowledge working for us at Ashburton Eyecare.

Vicki Ormsby

Vicki Ormsby

Optical Dispenser

Vicki worked in family-oriented optometry practices including those specialising in children’s behavioural optometry and contact lenses before she found her place at Ashburton Eyecare.

She enjoys the challenge of catering for the diverse needs of her clients and tailoring an eyecare solution to meet individual fashion and lifestyle needs. Vicki specialises in helping you find custom design spectacles, lens designs and sunglasses perfect for everyday wear or for that special occasion.

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