Envision Optical
Optometrist in QLD and NSW

Meet the Team at Burleigh Waters

Envision Optical is a local, independent and family-owned eye care group with locations in Burleigh Waters and Tweed Heads. We aim to provide preventive and on-going eye care to patients of all ages and stages of life.

Our principal optometrist Andrew Bowden strives to introduce leading-edge treatments and technologies to provide exceptional care to our community. You might say he was destined to provide eye care for our community as he is a third-generation optometrist and has witnessed many of the advances in technology and eye treatments that have developed over his lifetime.

To complement his commitment to outstanding patient care, Andrew has selected a talented support team, including our associate optometrists Nicole Arnold and Cassie Baan, who have exceptional clinical skills and a gift for making patients feel right at home while they are with us.

Your Eyes Are Our Focus

We personalise our care to meet the needs of the individual and provide all treatment options available, trusting that with the proper information, patients will make the most informed choices for their eyesight and health.

We can’t wait to meet you in person. Until then, you can learn a little more about us by reading below.

Andrew Bowden

Owner, Managing Director, Optometrist

Since graduating from QUT with honours in 1995, Andrew has worked in private practice on the Gold Coast and New Farm in Brisbane. In 2001, he returned to Visions and became a partner in January 2003. After becoming Managing Partner in 2006, Andrew was responsible for the oversight of the ten Visions practices, including business operations and staff management. In addition to this, he also managed to see patients 3-4 days a week!

In 2010, due to changes in the industry and different ideas on how to move forward, the partners disbanded the Visions Group, and Andrew decided to form his own independent eye care brand that could offer Gold Coast residents a unique individualised experience. A local brand, with local relationships, and genuinely part of the local community.

With his wife Honor, an artist, they conceived an eye care brand that would truly create individual solutions for each unique client/patient that walked in the door.

Andrew usually consults at Treetops, Burleigh Waters, and Tweed Heads South each week. His professional passion is providing quality vision and eye health outcomes to his patients.

Andrew is excited to be delivering industry-leading technology in preventative vision and eye health management, including vision correction utilising orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and myopia control lenses, preventative eye health care via nutrition and diet management, particularly in the areas of macular health, dry eyes, and computer-based therapy for binocular vision disorders and reading difficulties.

He is passionate about Envision using cutting edge technology such as OCT scanning, MPOD macular health measurement, and digital scans to provide optimal eye health care. Andrew was one of the first optometrists in Queensland to offer IPL therapy for Dry Eyes.

Andrew completed the SUNY Ocular Therapeutics course in 1997, a post-graduate qualification in business management in 2002 and several short courses through the Australian Institute of Management. He underwent specialty training in Ortho-K in 2004. In 2009, Andrew completed the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at QUT and became certified to prescribe ocular medications.

He served as a clinical supervisor at QUT from 1998-2000. In 2011, Andrew became a member of the Ocular Nutrition Society of America, to further his knowledge in the area of nutrition in eye care. In 2012, he became an accredited aviation vision examiner for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children, listening to music and attending live shows, travel, cooking and eating out, reading, politics and world events, watching cricket, rugby and basketball, and fishing.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Optometry (Hons) QUT 1995
  • SUNY Ocular Therapeutics Certificate 1997
  • Graduate Certificate Ocular Therapeutics QUT 2009
  • Certificate Small Business Management 2002
  • Credentialed Optometrist CASA 2012
  • Diagnostic Ophthalmic Drugs Certificate

Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Optometrists Association Australia
  • Member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society Australia
  • Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania
  • Member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control
  • Member of the Ocular Nutrition Society
  • Member of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry
  • Member of the International Keratoconus Academy
  • Member of the Central Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce

Nicole Arnold

Optometrist

After growing up on the Gold Coast, Nicole attended QUT in the same student intake as Andrew. Following graduation in 1995, Nicole moved back to the coast with her husband and worked for various local optometrists.

For the last 10 years, in between raising her four children and helping her husband run their successful surveying and town planning business, Nicole has worked part-time in practices owned by Andrew Bowden. She enjoys general optometry practice and looks forward to her weekly sessions at Tweed Heads.

Away from work, she keeps very busy spending time with her husband Michael and their four children, and enjoys travel and reading good books.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Applied Science Optometry QUT 1995

Professional Associations:

Member of the Optometrists Association Australia

Cassie Baan

Optometrist

Cassie grew up in the Gold Coast’s hinterland on Tamborine Mountain. She has been with the company since 2012 initially as an optical assistant and now as an optometrist. Cassie excelled at QUT in her clinical and theoretical studies and also completed part of her degree at the University of Waterloo in Canada. Cassie is therapeutically endorsed and is certified to prescribe ocular medications.

Cassie enjoys working in private practice, seeing patients and helping them with their vision problems. She has a particular interest in children’s behavioural vision care, specialty contact lenses and myopia control. Cassie consults out of both the Tweed Heads and Burleigh Waters branches.

In her spare time, Cassie still connects with her acting past (she has an acting degree!) and performs in local productions. She also has a slight obsession with dogs and Harry Potter. She will also gladly take your travel tips as a passionate globe trotter.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Vision Science with Distinction, QUT
  • Masters of Optometry with Distinction, QUT
  • Bachelor of Theatre Arts (Acting) with Distinction, USQ
  • Therapeutically Endorsed

Professional Associations:

  • Member of the Optometrists Association Australia
  • Member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society Australia
  • Member of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania
  • Member of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometry

Cleo Yip

Graduate Optometrist

Cleo was born in Southport, Gold Coast and relocated to Brisbane when she was just seven years old. She achieved her Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Optometry from QUT and joined Envision Optical in 2021. She has worked as an optical assistant and was originally inspired to study optometry by her optometrist because of her charitable work. Cleo realised the impact that this profession can make on the world.

In her free time, you will find Cleo getting creative with crafting, including embroidery and felting. She also appreciates the company of her family and friends. Cleo also loves having a laugh from a good television show or movie.

Optical Assistant at Burleigh Waters Eye Clinic

Ursula Schefermann

Optical Assistant

Ursula's optical career started back in South Africa in 2003. She received training and worked for a corporate optical chain store. In 2008, she moved to Melbourne with her husband and twin daughters and continued to work in the optical field part-time while raising her family, which now includes a little brother for her girls. In February 2018, she was delighted to move to their dream destination on the Gold Coast and join the Envision family where she loves being able to offer clients the best optical eyewear and care available.

In her spare time, Ursula loves a social game of netball, horse riding and of course enjoys quality time with her family going on adventures and exploring new places.

Ben Phillips

Optical Dispenser

Originally from Bonora Point, NSW, Ben began his optics career in 2012 when he was looking for a career change before his son’s arrival. He opted to delve into his wife’s profession – optometry.

Ben finds optometry incredibly rewarding – especially when he watches someone try on their very first pair of glasses and watching them see clearly for the first time.

When away from the eye clinic, you will find Ben spending time with his family. They often enjoy camping together. He is also a committee member and coach for local junior ALF clubs.

Ben likes to golf. You can also find him reading and collecting books.

Optical Dispenser at Burleigh Waters Optometrist Office

Stacey Flemingham

Optical Dispenser

Stacey started her optical career in 2010 in her home state of Tasmania and over the last seven years has worked in large corporate and private optical practices, before joining Envision in 2017. Stacey loves providing great experiences for her patients and enjoys the team environment at Envision and the focus on high-level patient care.

On weekends she loves spending time with her husband and her pooch Asta, boating, camping and spending time with friends and family. In early 2021 Stacey and Luke welcomed their daughter to the world and Stacey is currently on 6 months maternity leave

Deb Smekel

Optical Dispenser

Deb joined the Envision Optical team in August 2017 as an Optical Dispenser. Deb has been in the optical industry on the Gold Coast for almost 30 years working in a variety of independent and corporate optometry settings. She is now the practice manager at Burleigh Waters and is renowned for her amazing customer service, and her eye for choosing the right frame for each patient. Deb loves building long term relationships with her regular patients and helping each person have the best experience in eye care when they visit Envision.

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