♦We are Bob and Claire Thomas-Carter and have been in business as a husband and wife team since 1994. We took our first steps into practice management in 2007, taking over the long established practice at 4 Station Road in Urmston.
Claire is responsible for the clinical side of the business as our lead Optometrist. A natural communicator, with a real interest in both her profession and our patients.
Claire graduated in Optics in 1991 and completed her professional exams the following year. A firm believer in continuous learning she completed a post graduate degree in 1998 and has since developed in specialist clinics such as: Diabetic Retinopathy, Dry Eye Assessment and Cataract Screening.
Bob, an accountant by training, is responsible for the behind the scenes running of the business, leaving Claire free to focus on patient care.
Bob is currently chairman of the Urmston Partnership (town centre management group).
They have three secondary age children to keep them busy outside from work.
♦Joanne is our Practice Manager and has worked in optics for over 15 years. Joanne joined us in 2005 and has been a huge asset to the practice as she is a natural communicator and reflects on her counselling background to establish a firm rapport with our patients.
♦Louise and Gemma are our Dispensing Opticians. Louise joined our practice in May 2011, and she has been qualified since 2008. Gemma joined us in July 2013 and is our other qualified dispensing optician. Both have long standing backgrounds and experience in Optics.
We always aim to have a qualified dispenser in practice and some days we have both of these team members on duty to ensure that we meet all your expectations.
For frame styling, fitting and spectacle lens needs, you will meet either of our Dispensing Opticians when you visit us.
♦Amy the youngest of our small group joined us in July 2012. When Amy finished her Teaching Degree in June 2016, she didn’t want to leave our TCO family! She is now our Student DO and will be studying part time over the next 3 years before she is a fully fledged Dispensing Optician. She is a great asset to our Team and a powerhouse of fashion knowledge.
♦Helen is one of our Team of Optometrists who works alongside Claire. With 20 years of optical experience behind her she is a huge asset to our team. Helen is qualified, like Claire, in diabetic photography which ensures that all patients will be given the same thorough eye examination whether they see Claire or Helen.
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♦Kevin is a PHD awarded Optometrist and has many years of experience as well as being qualified in almost everything. He has even played a part in establishing and developing the studies of Optometry, in Singapore. He works part time at Manchester Royal hospital and we are very fortunate to have a font of knowledge, such as He, to compliment our Team.
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♦Alannah is another member of #TeamOptometrist and she has recently been on maternity leave and we are very glad to welcome her back. Alannah is a part time Optometrist who has been with us for years. Her Irish charm and glowing smile always make you feel at home.
♦Lynn, one of our Optical Advisers, has many years experience within the optical industry. After joining our practice in 2009 Lynn has had a positive impact and can rarely be seen without a smile on her face.
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♦Kymm is our newest member of our dream team and joined us in 2016. She has oodles of experience in Administration and she will be waiting to welcome you with a smile or speak to you on the telephone when you call us.