Meet the Team
Hi. I’m Richard. I grew up in Brisbane and graduated optometry in 1981. I’ve lived and worked in Rockhampton, Emerald and Moree. I moved to Hervey Bay and established my practice in 1989. My special interests in optometry include childrens’ vision, diagnosing and co-managing eye disease with ophthalmologists, contact lenses and helping people with low vision who have lost their vision as a result of eye disease. For me, Honest, Friendly, Professional is not just a business catch phrase but a way of life.
Life outside of the optometry practice is rather full with my time divided between our rather large family, Rotary, and Church. If I had more time, we’d also going sailing on our catamaran which is hidden under a layer of dust in the shed.
I hold a Masters in Optometry with therapeutic endorsement. I love a challenge when it comes to tapping into my therapeutic skills which enables me to prescribe topical drops for ocular treatment. My passion include childrens’ vision, diagnosing and co-managing eye disease with opthalmologists.
I also really enjoy the environment here at Richard Watt Optometrist; the company and the people that I work with. I have been well received by the patients that have seen me.
Away from work I love cooking, fitness and all the beauty Hervey Bay has to offer.
Front Office Team
Gwen joined Richard in business and in life in 2007. She is our practice manager, does lab work, repairs, book-keeping and a hundred other jobs at the practice. Gwen is currently studying a Certificate 4 in Optical Dispensing to give her the theoretical and technical knowledge to build on the expertise she’s developed over the past 7 years.
Gwen gets a real buzz out of helping people every single day and seeing first hand, the enjoyment that a well-prescribed and well-made pair of glasses can bring into someone’s life.
Gwen says “The best part of my job is that I get to work with my darling husband, every single day”.
Away from work, Gwen loves gardening, home renovation, looking after our pets and the gaggle of children we have at home.
Sandy heads up our Richard’s front office team. She joined the practice in 2008. Sandy is currently studying a Certificate 4 in Optical Dispensing. She says this is adding so much to her knowledge of optometry to better serve all our clients.
Away from work, I love fitness, Zumba, gym work, scrap-booking and spending time with my wonderful husband and gorgeous girls.
Taylah Brown joined our team mid Feb 2016 and brings with her a keen interest in the field, it’s very diverse work and interesting aspects, and helping people. “The more I learn the more I want to learn.” Taylah is enthusiastic about being here, enjoying the work, helping people, making people at ease while they are in our care and seeing the end results. Taylah has really embodied our style of customer care and we’re pleased to have another member of our team who is committed to ongoing professional development and mastering her skills in this field. Taylah really Enjoys working with people of all ages, she can help make people feel at ease with a gentleness that helps people participate in the process and get more out of it.