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ABOUTUS

Chris first opened the practice in 1981 on the Harrogate side of the Starbeck level crossing. At that time he continued to work as a sessional optometrist and tutor at the Leeds General Infirmary building professional relationships with our ophthalmology colleagues. In those early years, his dad John was often found manning the desk on a Saturday morning! John soon developed an affinity for optometry and qualified an optometrist in 1985 at the age of 50! He retired to Wales in his sixties and still talks fondly of those years in practice.


Over the years Christopher Nixon Optometrists have grown to a staff of 14 with a combined total of over 140 years service committed to providing you with the best possible eyecare experience. 

 

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“I’m very fortunate and proud to work with all our staff members. We are all fully committed to ensure you have a positive experience whenever you visit us here at the practice.  As a team, we are delighted you have chosen us for your eyecare” 

Christopher Nixon - MD Christopher Nixon Optometrists

To get to know them a little better have a look at their profiles.

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Christopher Nixon B.Sc F.C.Optom F.B.C.L.A

Christopher Nixon B.Sc F.C.Optom F.B.C.L.A

Studying in Manchester, Chris completed his qualifications in the Hospital Eye Service in 1979 and has continued some hospital optometry throughout his career. An excellent clinician, Chris has interest in all areas of optometry and contact lens fitting. Let’s just say a good number of years later, his enthusiasm for this practice is still a driving force and instrumental in its continued success. Away from work Chris may be found chasing around a tennis court with as much enthusiasm if a little less expertise!

Giles Price B.Sc(Hons) M.C.Optom

Giles Price B.Sc(Hons) M.C.Optom

Giles followed his Dad into optometry and graduated UWCC in 1993. He has always worked in independent practice and established optometry-led diabetic screening in Plymouth. Since joining Chris in 2006 he continues his interest in the use of new technology in clinical practice. Giles is married with one daughter and away from work, cycles and plays squash and golf.

Katie Nicholls B.Sc

Katie Nicholls B.Sc

Katie received her degree from Bradford University and completed her Pre-Registration Training with us in 2005. Having worked for Opticians in Leeds, she moved into the Hospital Eye Service in London before returning to Yorkshire and becoming a mum.  Katie has joined us to work part time.

Christina Taylor B.Sc M.C.Optom

Christina Taylor B.Sc M.C.Optom

Christina joined our practice with experience of both the independent and laser eye clinic sectors and brings this mix of knowledge to the optometry team. She has two daughters with husband Richard and is a keen runner - successfully completing her first (and last) marathon in 2019.

John Allinson F.B.D.O - Dispensing Manager

John Allinson F.B.D.O - Dispensing Manager

Having joined the practice in 2009 as our trainee-glazing technician, John qualified as a Dispensing Optician and is now our Dispensing Manager. He is an invaluable member of the team and his agreeable manner proves popular with our patients. Away from work John has a keen interest in Bradford Bulls Rugby League.

Becky Stevens  F.B.D.O

Becky Stevens F.B.D.O

Becky is now our third fully qualified Dispensing Optician and under Chris's enthusiastic teaching is studying for her Contact Lens Fitter qualification. Outside of work she is a keen tennis player and certainly a lot more talented than Chris!

Andrew Lambert F.B.D.O

Andrew Lambert F.B.D.O

Andrew joined us in April 2022. He has worked in optics since his first Saturday job aged 12 and having qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1987 went on to own a small group of independent practices in Bradford which he sold during Covid. Outside of work, Andrew enjoys running and spending time with his family.

 

Sarah Lea – Practice Management

Sarah Lea – Practice Management

Working for the practice since 1996, Sarah manages much of the practice administration and staffing with aplomb. Often to be found at the front desk, Sarah is generally an invaluable font of all knowledge for the rest of us!

Carole Millward – Practice Management

Carole Millward – Practice Management

With the practice since 1995, Carole became full time in 2005. Along with practice administration, Carole assists patients with contact lens insertion and removal training and is a much valued and friendly member of the reception team.

Megan Sledge – Clinical Assistant / Reception

Megan Sledge – Clinical Assistant / Reception

Megan has a Clinical Assistant Diploma and her role includes OCT, Optomap retinal imaging and visual field testing, at all of which she is highly skilled. Megan is involved with our Optegra outreach ophthalmology clinic and handles the administration of both the Minor Eye Conditions and Glaucoma Refinement Schemes. You will find her at the gym when not busy here!

Jo Nesbitt – Reception

Jo Nesbitt – Reception

Formerly working at Martin Hoyle's practice, Jo has joined us on the front desk in a part time capacity. Her experience has been a valuable asset and she has slotted into the team seamlessly.

Louise Fawcett - Reception

Louise Fawcett - Reception

Louise has rejoined the team after a break of about 15 years and has fitted back in so well it seems she never left!  Away from the front desk Louise has a family and enjoys swimming and running - she even occasionally makes it to the gym!

Karen James - Reception

Karen James - Reception

Karen joined our reception team in 2000 having previously worked at Eyecatchers for 5 years and before that at a local GP surgery so she brings a deal of experience. Karen is a keen  swimmer and enjoys the  gym, walking, gardening and also she loves to travel.

Lucy Hughes - Reception

Lucy Hughes - Reception

Lucy lives locally with her husband and 2 grown children. She came to us after 5 years as a GP receptionist and before that a long period with Lloyds pharmacy. In her spare time Lucy enjoys reading, swimming and watching football!

Steve Bailey SMC (Tech) – Glazing Technician

Steve Bailey SMC (Tech) – Glazing Technician

Steve is our highly skilled glazing technician. Since joining us in 2010 he has greatly enhanced our capacity to provide high quality spectacles from our modernised glazing lab on the premises. He specialises in Lindberg frames and outside of work he regularly enjoys a kettlebell workout and has medalled at the national championships.

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