Our Team



Andrew Watkins

B. Optom, Grad. Cert. Ocular Therapeutics
Member of Optometrist Association Australia

Andrew graduated from Uni of NSW in 1985. He later qualified in Ocular Therapeutics in 2008, enabling him to prescribe medication for some eye diseases. He has a special interest in fitting rigid contact lenses for more challenging eye conditions with distorted corneas, particularly keratoconus and corneal grafts. Andrew also qualified to work in Great Britain and worked there for 3 years. He has done two international eyecare trips and numerous trips to the Northern Territory with the Brien Holden Vision Institute. Andrew is a member of Optometry Australia, the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia and the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania. Outside of optometry, Andrew enjoys time with his family and the never ending challenge of golf.

Belinda Thomas

Bachelor of Optometry UNSW (Honours)
GradCertOcTher UNSW
Member of Optometrist Association Australia

Belinda has worked as an optometrist in Canberra for 12 years and joined the team at Andrew Watkins Optometrist in 2010. She completed her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2012 allowing her to prescribe medications to treat various eye conditions. Her areas of special interest include: Children’s vision, Low vision, Contact lenses and Eye Disease Management. Belinda works on, Fridays and Saturdays, and on her days off she enjoys spending time with her young daughters.

Hong Nguyen

B. Optom (Hons), M. Optom
Member of Optometrist Association Australia

Hong has worked for Andrew Watkins Optometrist since 2003. She completed her B.Optom and M.Optom through UNSW and has also completed her certificate in Ocular Therapeutics. She enjoys being an optometrist and has special interest in laser refractive surgery.

Winnie Lam

B. Optom (Hons) B. Sc
Member of Optometrist Association Australia

Winnie graduated from UNSW in 2015 and joined the team at Andrew Watkins in 2017. She has a special interest in contact lenses and ocular disease management, having attained ocular therapeutic qualifications together with her degree. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, movies and spending time with her three dogs.

Bill Tankey

Certified Optical Dispenser

Bill started optical dispensing with OPSM 1977 where he managed Canberra’s first one hour lab store. In 2002 he joined Mackinley optical until it was sold in 2011. He then joined our team at Andrew Watkins optometrist. Yes 38 years and still enjoys helping patients – old and new. You don’t stay in one career for that long and not enjoy it. Loves 70’s music, riding his motorcycle (Suzuki V-Strom 650) and golf.

Jasmina Bacic

Certified Optical Dispenser
Member of Australian Dispensing Opticians Association

Over 25 years in optical dispensing around the globe. Trained in Croatia, then had her own optometry practice in New Zealand, and finally found her place in the best city of the world – Canberra. Happy and satisfied customers are her motivation. Loves art and design, so watch our window displays where she applies some of her talents.

Donna Wright

Certified Optical Dispenser

Donna originally started working at the practice as a receptionist in 2009. In early 2014 she qualified as an Optical Dispenser and enjoys learning as much as she can about the world of optics. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening and art.

Carly Nicholls

Certified Optical Dispenser

Carly trained as an optical dispenser in South Australia, qualifying in 2004. She ventured across the globe to the UK in 2009 to work in a busy practice of lovely Lancashire. Returning to home shores in 2012 Carly has enjoyed working for independent optometry practice in the Canberra region, joining us with over 16 years of experience.
Carly is member of Rotary Australia World Community Service Eyecamps. She has volunteered six times in remote disadvantaged regions of Nepal dispensing spectacles alongside the optometry team. She is passionate about her work in Nepal and loves selecting frames with our patients at Andrew Watkins.