Our clinical leaders


The ACO has a team of highly accomplished optometrists with a broad range of clinical skills and experience.


Angeliki Arvanitis

Manager – East Reservoir Clinic

BOptom, CertOcTher(ACO), FACO

Angeliki Arvanitis graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1994 and immediately joined the ACO to begin her optometry career.  She has extensive clinical experience and has particular interest in diabetic ocular disease, low vision, paediatrics and clinical teaching.  She is involved in the Diabetes clinic at the endocrinology unit at Austin health, and recently joined Deakin University to be involved in the pre-clinical teaching of optometry students. Angeliki has managed the ACO’S East Reservoir clinic since 2001 and is involved with site run diabetes clinics and co-management with general practitioners and other allied health services. She gives regular talks to local community groups and oversees clinical teaching of final year optometry students.  Angeliki continues to provide clinical care to the Greek and broader CALD population the local community.

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Lead Optometrist Contact Lenses

BScOptom, PhD, GradCertOcTher, FACO, FAAO

Dr Adrian Bruce, BScOptom PhD FAAO is Lead Optometrist for Contact Lenses at the ACO. He is also a Senior Fellow, Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, University of Melbourne. Adrian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, received the Dallos Award for research from the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA), an American Optometric Foundation clinical research award and was a research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Dr Bruce has co-authored three textbooks, the most recent being Anterior Eye Disease and Therapeutics A-Z  2nd edition 2011. He also has more than 50 scientific publications.

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Piers Carozzi

Head of Outreach & Community Eyecare Services

Piers began working at the ACO in 1994. In the early part of his career, he was the manager of the East Preston site, and then Lead Optometrist in Low Vision Services. In 2001, he was asked to set up an eyecare program for people experiencing homelessness. This has grown into a broader program of eye care for people who are vulnerable, or experiencing disadvantage where he is now the head of this service. After 20 years, it remains his passion, and he enjoys his part management, part clinical role, working with partners, and contributing to the strategy of the ACO.

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Jennifer Caulfield

Head of Clinic Operations and Service Improvement

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom, PGCertOcTher, FACO

Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne in 1996 and began working at the ACO in 1997.  Jennifer has completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry and the Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics. While working at the ACO, Jennifer has held positions of site manager in Braybrook, manager of disability services, Senior Optometrist and Head of Low Vision Services, Lead Optometrist in Primary Care and has been in her current position as Head of Clinic Operations and Service Improvement since 2015. Jennifer has a strong interest in ocular disease as well as an undergraduate in clinical teaching.


Mae Chong

Lead Optometrist of Clinical Teaching

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom, GradCertOcTher, FACO

Mae is a clinical optometrist with special interest in the fields of low vision, paediatric optometry and ocular diseases.  She is an experienced clinical instructor and is also actively involved in clinical research.  Mae has presented lectures, workshops and tutorials to many audiences including optometrists, students and allied health professionals. A national level classifier with the Paralympics Australia, Mae is involved in the evaluation of vision impaired athletes.  Currently, Mae is the Lead Optometrist in Clinical Teaching and Manager of Low Vision Services in the Clinical Services Division at the Australian College of Optometry.

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Dr Nelofar (Nellie) Deen

Head of Specialist Services and Clinical Care

Doctor of Optometry, CertOcTher(ACO)

Dr Nellie Deen graduated with a Doctorate of Optometry in 2004 from SUNY College of Optometry, New York.  She completed externships in Paediatrics and Vision Therapy at the Beth Israel Hospital in New York and in Ocular Diseases at the Newington Veterans Hospital in Newington, Connecticut.

Nellie relocated to Melbourne in 2004 and was awarded her OCANZ certificate of Competency in Optometric Examination that year. Nellie joined the ACO in 2007, and is currently Head of Specialist Services and Clinical Care. Previous ACO roles include Lead Optometrist of Paediatrics Services and Lead Optometrist in Clinical Teaching. Nellie is a  member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), Optometry Australia and the Australian College of Optometry.  She has presented at the Australian Vision Convention (AVC) Conference , Early Childhood Learning Conference and SEMO Conference.


Tristan Glover

Manager – Elizabeth Eye Care

BMedSc(VisSc), MOpt

Tristan is the site manager and optometrist at Elizabeth Eye Care, the ACO’s clinic in South Australia. He graduated from Flinders University with a Masters in Optometry with a letter of commendation from the Dean. Before taking up the role in SA, Tristan worked at the ACO’s main eye care clinic in Carlton Melbourne. Here he was involved in contact lenses and ocular disease care as well being involved with outreach work to regional and remote Victoria. Tristan is always making sure his patients understand everything they need to know and discusses all of the management options available.

Angela Hall

Angela Hall

Manager – Clinical Research and Audit

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom

A graduate of the University of Melbourne, Angela has completed her Bachelor of Optometry and Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry. Angela has worked at the Australian College of Optometry since 2009, during this time she has acquired specialist skills in the areas of general optometry, paediatric optometry, ocular disease management, clinical teaching, clinical research and audit.

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Elisse Higginbotham

Lead Optometrist of Paediatric Services

BOptom, MOptom, PGCertOcTher, FACO

Elisse graduated from the University of Melbourne, and soon after undertook a Masters of Optometry at the University of New South Wales.  She enjoyed four years working in full-scope optometry in country Victoria before returning to private practice in Melbourne.  She has worked in public, private and corporate optometry and in the university sector, and has a particular interest in paediatrics and myopia control. Elisse has presented to optometrists and other professionals, teachers and students and is passionate about learning and teaching.  She is relishing her new role as Lead Optometrist of Paediatric Services and the opportunities it brings for developing clinical excellence, collaboration and research.

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Peregrine Horton

Manager – Broadmeadows Clinic


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Iris Huang

Acting Lead Optometrist Satellite Clinics and VES, Manager- Frankston Clinic

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom, GradCertOcTher

Iris graduated from University of Melbourne in 2004.  She then undertook and completed Post-graduated diploma of Advanced Clinical Optometry in 2006 and Ocular Therapeutic in 2008 while working at ACO as a full-time clinical staff.   Iris has worked in a wide variety of clinical settings including both public and private practices, including clinical teaching, Low vision clinics, RVEEH collaborative clinics, clinics with outreach settings in Victoria, Northern Territory and Central Australia.  Iris is passionate about public health optometry and community engagement, ocular diseases, and vision rehabilitation.  Iris was acting Lead optometrist Low Vision Services at ACO in 2003 and she is currently Manager of Frankston Metropolitan clinic as well as Acting Lead Optometrist Satellite Clinics and VES at ACO.

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Nilmini John

Manager – Aboriginal Services

BOptom, PGDipOcTher

Nilmini graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999, completing ocular therapeutics qualifications in 2007. Prior to joining the ACO in 2006, Nilmini worked in a variety of settings including independent, corporate and specialist paediatric optometry practices. Nilmini is the Manager of Aboriginal Services as well as the site manager of the ACO’s optometry services at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS). Nilmini is passionate about public health optometry, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye health, clinical education and paediatric optometry. Nilmini sits on Optometry Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Eye Health Advisory Group and is one of two National Clinical Advisors for Optometry for the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Lauren Kharsas

Lead Optometrist Satellite Clinics and VES, Manager – Dandenong Eye Care

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom, ACO AdvCertGlauc

Lauren graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2008 and commenced working at the ACO as a resident in 2009. She completed her residency as well as a post graduate diploma in Advanced Clinical Optometry in 2010. Lauren has a keen interest in paediatric optometry as well as the management of glaucoma. She also has a passion for caring for refugee and asylum seekers as well as Aboriginal Australians. She has worked with Indigenous communities extensively in rural Victoria and remote Northern Territory. Lauren is grateful to have had the opportunity to be involved in voluntary work in South Africa, Cambodia, Vanuatu and East Timor.

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Dr Josephine Li

Manager – Community Eyecare Services

BOptom, PGCertOcTher, PhD, FACO, FAAO

Josephine is the Manager of Community Eyecare Services. Her role involves providing outreach eyecare services to disadvantaged communities, working with various allied health workers, training outreach optometrists and outreach clinic management.  Josephine completed her Bachelor degree in 2004, Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics and PhD in Science in 2008 at the University of Melbourne. Josephine has held various roles at the ACO including Staff Optometrist, Acting Lead Optometrist of Outreach Services and has led clinical research studies. Her professional interests include ocular diseases, clinical research and providing eye care services for people with multiple disabilities.

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Lisa Lombardi

Lead Optometrist Primary Care

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom

Lisa is the Lead Optometrist in Primary Care at the ACO.  After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2006, she has worked across a range of optometry sectors including public, corporate and hospital settings.  She has extensive clinical experience and particularly enjoys working in ocular disease, low vision and paediatrics.  Lisa also enjoys teaching the next generation of optometrists within the teaching clinics at the ACO.  In her current role, Lisa leads the duty management team which manages the daily operation of our largest clinic in Carlton.


Ho Wah Ng

Manager – Visual Functions

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom, Aviation Credentialed Optometrist (CASA)

As Manager of the Visual Functions Clinic, Ho Wah has expertise in colour vision, aviation and other occupational vision assessments. He likes to explore optimal patient pathways for investigations into drug-toxicity retinal screening and driving assessments. He has a special interest in custom-designing rigid contact lenses for vision rehabilitation of keratoconus, post corneal graft and ocular trauma cases. For all his assessments, he is proficient in the use of the ACO’s full range of specialised diagnostic equipment.

Janelle Scully

Janelle Scully

Lead Optometrist Ocular Disease Services

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom, FACO, FAAO

Janelle graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Melbourne in 2007. She has held a number of roles at the ACO since completing her clinical residency and has been the Lead of Ocular Disease Services since 2018.  Janelle enjoys all aspects of clinical optometry and has a particular interest in glaucoma, including co-management with ophthalmology. She is a fellow of the Australian College of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry.

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Michael Yen

Manager – Braybrook Clinic

BOptom, MOptom, SpecCertMNOD

Michael graduated from University of Auckland in 2005 and he completed his Ocular Therapeutics in 2008.  He has a Master of Optometry from University of New South Wales (2010) and a Specialist Certificate in the Management of Neuro-Ophthalmic Disorders (2018).  Michael has worked in in New Zealand and Australia and has special Interests in paediatric optometry and ocular diseases.  He has worked at the ACO since 2016 and enjoys the diversity of work, in particular outreach and clinical teaching.  Michael is the manager of ACO’s Braybrook.

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Danielle Zheng

Acting Manager – Dandenong Eye Care

BOptom, PGDipAdvClinOptom