Our Team

Kate Blackett

MSC (OPTOMETRY) | BOPTOM (FIRST CLASS HONS) | TPA ENDORSED | CAA CERTIFIED EXAMINER |
POLICE CERTIFIED EXAMINER

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Auckland in 2006. She graduated with First Class Honours and a TPA (therapeutic pharmaceutical agents) endorsement.

She returned to study in 2016 and completed a Clinical Taught Masters in Advanced Specialty Contact Lens fitting.

She has a vast range of experience, working as an Optometrist in New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Kate has also worked at the University of Auckland supervising undergraduate Optometry students and lecturing in contact lenses.

Kate has a special interest in contact lens fitting, dry eye disease, acute eye disease and children’s vision. Her TPA Endorsement allows her to treat eye infection and inflammation.

Ella Hawthorne

BOPTOM (HONS) | TPA ENDORSED | POLICE CERTIFIED EXAMINER

Ella graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry from the University of Auckland in 2016. She graduated with Honours and a TPA (Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agents) endorsement.

Ella loves helping people and takes great joy in helping her patients see better. She has an interest in contact lenses, dry eye disease and her TPA qualification allows her to treat and manage eye injury, infection and inflammation.

Ella is the secretary and treasurer for the local Taranaki Optometry Group and looks after the marketing as a member of the Taranaki Young Professionals committee.

Andrew Judd

Dispensing Optician (RDONZ)

Andrew graduated and registered as a Dispensing Optician in 2005.

Andrew has been in the Optical industry for over 21 years and created Judd Opticians in 2007.

Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and a huge passion for helping others which makes dispensing glasses a perfect vocation. He loves a good repair challenge and equally loves to help you create the new you.

Melissa Byers

Dispensing Optician (RDONZ) | Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM)

Melissa graduated and registered as a Dispensing Optician in 2012 after studying through TAFT.

Melissa has been in the Optical industry for over 12 years with 11 of those spent at Judd Opticians.

She loves to help people transform their look and equally loves a good optical challenge, all whilst making sure the practice runs smoothly behind the scenes.