Our Team

At Eye Specialists we work as tightly knit team. Each of us plays our part to ensure your procedure or operation goes as smoothly as possible.
From making you feel welcome the moment you walk in the door, through to your initial consultation, your procedure or operation and your post-operative care, we’ll be there. Many of our patients feel so relaxed – they phone in or pop by to chat with our nurses, post operatively.

Dr Brian Kent-Smith Ophthalmologist

Brian Kent-Smith is the owner and team leader of Eye Specialists.
Born in South Africa.
Medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Specialised at St John Eye Hospital, part of Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. He has undertaken many thousands of operations. He’s backed up ably with the enormously capable team at Eye Specialists as well as 13 partners at Auckland Eye, who regularly provide second and third opinions if and when they’re required.
Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (Ophthalmology) 1995
Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists 2006
Employed by Whangarei Area Hospital since 1997
Part time private practice since 2000
Personal interests: cycling, running, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, photography.

Dr Paul Cohen Ophthalmologist

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Emigrated to Israel where he specialised in Ophthalmology in Jerusalem.
Completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Oxford, England.
Ran the Paediatric Ophthalmology unit in Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem.

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Dr Brian Kent-SmithOphthalmologist

Brian Kent-Smith is the owner and team leader of Eye... Specialists.
Born in South Africa.
Medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Specialised at St John Eye Hospital, part of Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. He has undertaken many thousands of operations. He’s backed up ably with the enormously capable team at Eye Specialists as well as 13 partners at Auckland Eye, who regularly provide second and third opinions if and when they’re required.
Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (Ophthalmology) 1995
Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Ophthalmologists 2006
Employed by Whangarei Area Hospital since 1997
Part time private practice since 2000
Personal interests: cycling, running, swimming, fishing, scuba diving, photography.

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Dr Paul CohenOphthalmologist

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Medical degree at the... University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Emigrated to Israel where he specialised in Ophthalmology in Jerusalem.
Completed a Fellowship in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Oxford, England.
Ran the Paediatric Ophthalmology unit in Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem.
Has worked at Eye Specialists since 2014.

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LynneManager

Lynne has been working in health management since 1992 in a wide... variety of positions. She has been with Eye Specialists since the end of 2006. Lynne says, ‘my goal is to create a great work environment for our staff, and to deliver a service that provides excellent care for our patients – who are what this organisation is all about.’

Stephanie
StephanieOptometrist

Stephanie formally joined our team in December 2020, previously... working in private optometry clinic in Whangarei. Before moving north, she was Auckland based, where she first began working in an optometry practice in 2009. After a few years on the administration side, her interest in clinical care was piqued, and she completed her Bachelor of Optometry degree at The University of Auckland in 2016, and became an Board-Approved Independent Glaucoma Prescriber in early 2021. Stephanie has a special interest in helping her patients and taking the time to listen and assist them with their eye health needs.
In her spare time Stephanie loves tramping in the great outdoors, or when the weather isn’t favourable, curling up on the couch with a good book and her cat.

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Tricia Registered NurseOphthalmic Assistant

Tricia has been employed at Eye Specialists since 2007, working... in both the clinic and theatre areas. Her goal is to provide safe, professional care to all clients who visit Eye Specialists.
In her spare time - when she gets some - Tricia enjoys walking, gardening and outdoor activities.

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Jon Registered NurseOphthalmic Assistant

As part of our nursing team at Eye Specialists Jon prepares... patients for surgery, assist with post-operative care, and administers the various tests and procedures we do here that are involved in maintaining vision and healthy eyes.
Jon makes his own surf boards and is involved with the Surf Life Saving movement in New Zealand.

Ashleigh
Ashleigh Registered Nurse

Ashleigh joined the Eye Specialists team in June 2018 after... returning from Canada. She has been working in Ophthalmology clinics for the past two years, including a busy Eye Clinic in Vancouver. Ashleigh works in theatre and clinics and loves the variety this provides. Ashleigh enjoys fishing, hockey, travel and golf.

Amanda
Amanda Registered Nurse

Amanda joined Eye Specialists in August 2018.
Her nursing... background includes many years as a theatre nurse.
Amanda is working in both clinic and theatre and is enjoying the patient contact, variety and being part of our busy team.
She has two active young teenagers with whom she shares a love of the outdoors, water and horses.

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MoragRegistered Nurse

Morag joined the team at Eye Specialists in January 2020 from... Auckland Eye. Morag has overseas experience in eye clinics in the UK and Saudi Arabia.

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JoRegistered Nurse

Jo has been working part-time at Eye Specialists since November... 2012 as the nurse in recovery area. She trained as a Registered Nurse at Northland Polytech and after graduating worked on the general medical and short-stay surgical wards at Whangarei Hospital before starting a family.
Jo and her husband have 3 lovely children who keep them very busy!
Jo returned to work at the hospital part-time before taking on her current role at Eye Specialists in the post-op are. Jo says ‘I thoroughly enjoy my role and love being part of the team here.’
In her spare time she enjoys gardening, sewing and crafting, water skiing, squash, piano and spending time with her family.

Dissmol
DissmolRegistered Nurse

Dissmol joined the team at Eye Specialists in August 2019. Born... in India, Dissmol completed her graduation in Nursing, from the University of Calicut, India. Dissmol has worked as a Registered Nurse for almost three years in Medical and Paediatric units. After moving to New Zealand in August 2015, Dissmol worked as a Registered Nurse in aged care and then at Whangarei Base Hospital on the Medical ward before moving to the Ophthalmology clinic.
Dissmol loves being part of the team here at Eye Specialists and enjoys learning new things everyday.
Outside work, her two little boys keep her busy most of the time although she still finds sometime to experiment with cooking. 

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Vanessa Administrative Secretary

Vanessa joined Eye Specialists in 2018, has a background in... finance, administration, IT and road safety education.
She has worked for large corporate companies, as well as smaller businesses, with many years working in the charitable sector both here in New Zealand and in the UK.
Vanessa enjoys fishing, cooking, modern jive dance, reading and art.

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Joanne Administrative Receptionist

Joanne Houlden joined the team in 2018 as an Administrative... Receptionist.
Joanne emigrated from England in 2015 where she worked for a medical computer company as a software analyst.
She is currently working on her Prince 2 Project Management qualification. When she is not glued to a computer screen, Joanne spends time with her family and teaching her son how to cook.

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Tina Administrative Receptionist

Tina joined the team in 2019 as a part-time Admin Receptionist. ... She has a background as dental admin receptionist.
Tina settled in Whangarei 13yrs ago after marrying her husband in the Hokianga. She keeps busy with her two boisterous boys who both love rugby. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, traveling and boating with the family.

Cherie
CherieReceptionist

Cherie joined the team in 2020 as our part-time Receptionist....
Cherie started her medical career in 1997 while on her OE in Sydney, Australia working in a medical practice and quickly became passionate about helping people in their medical journey.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2005 she has lived in Whangarei working within a medical environment, raising her two children and enjoying the lifestyle Northland offers.

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Lianne Sterlising TechnicianGlaucoma Technician

In 2012 Lianne had a career change from being a travel agent,... and has been with Eye Specialists ever since. Her duties involve sterilisation of the surgical equipment, scanning optic nerves, visual field testing ad checking for glaucoma. Lianne has achieved her sterilisation CSD certificate and believes her strength is being a team player. Outside of the workplace she enjoys travel and gardening.