Our Team - Canterbury Eyecare

Canterbury Eyecare is staffed by an experienced team who are passionate about delivering premium eye care services to the community.

Chris Katopodis
Chris Katopodis
BSc BScOptom(Melb) PGCertOcTher FACO
Optometrist

Our principal optometrist and practice founder, Chris has almost thirty years of optometry experience. He established Canterbury Eyecare with his wife Athena in 1996. Chris has a special interest in eye diseases and offers full-scope optometry services, including ocular therapeutics and the prescription of contact lenses.

Chris is also passionate about helping those without access to quality eye health services, being a volunteer participant in the Sumba Eye Program. Find out more about the Sumba Eye Program here.

Chris grew up in Canterbury and still lives locally with his wife. He has three adult children, enjoys keeping fit and riding his Vespa.

Genevieve Hastings
Genevieve Hastings
BScOptom(Melb) CertOc Ther(ACO)
Optometrist

With over twenty-five years of experience, Genevieve worked in private practices in Melbourne, Western Australia and regional Victoria before opening her own practice in Prahran in 2001. She then joined the Canterbury Eyecare team in 2006 and became a partner in 2010. She has a particular interest in children’s vision and ocular disease, and prides herself on taking time with each patient; listening carefully to their needs, providing a thorough examination and offering tailored advice.

Genevieve lives locally with her husband and daughter. Sunday mornings sharing breakfast with her family at their favourite café is a weekly highlight.

Laura Carson
Laura Carson
BVisSci MOptom(Deakin)
Optometrist

Laura graduated as an Optometrist from Deakin School of Medicine in 2015 after completing a Bachelors degree in Vision Science (with Distinction) then a Masters in Optometry. 

Laura offers a full scope of optometry services. She has a practice interest in dry eye and ocular surface disease as well as myopia management and orthokeratology for children having completed further study for this through Melbourne University in 2017. 

She has previously worked in an ophthalmology clinic and in private practice in Melbourne.

Laura is a committee member for Early Career Optometrists Vic/SA and a member of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia. Originally from Wangaratta, outside of work she enjoys visiting art galleries, gardening, cooking and in the winter months, skiing.

Matthew Denham
Matthew Denham
OFS Guild Opt Disp
Dispensing Manager

Matthew joined the Canterbury Eyecare team in 2011. He brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in management and training, having worked in corporate optometry practices located in both metro and regional areas. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the optics industry and is a qualified Optical Dispenser with a Guild of Dispensing Opticians Certificate. Matthew is in charge of the dispensing side of our practice and is known for his high standards and attention to detail.

When he’s not at work, Matthew enjoys golf, camping, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.

Athena Katopodis
Athena Katopodis
Practice Manager

Athena established Canterbury Eyecare with husband, Chris in 1996. As Practice Manager, she oversees the efficient running of the practice. Athena enjoys the challenge of working part time and raising three children.

An avid sports fan, Athena supports her beloved Tigers in the AFL and Melbourne Victory in the A-League whilst also enjoying professional and amateur theatre. She is also a star performer as an extra for commercials and TV in her spare time. With work, 3 kids and a husband, spare time is limited.

Lea Stringer
Lea Stringer
CertIVOptDisp
Optical Dispenser

One of our expert Optical Dispensers, Lea has a Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing and has worked in the optics industry for more than 30 years. Her experience includes involvement in the manufacturing of spectacles as well as lens design and selection and staff training. With a special talent for finding the perfect frame for every individual, it’s not surprising that Lea has a legion of fans who come to our practice knowing she’ll find the perfect frame for them.

Lea is married and has an adult daughter. In her spare time, Lea loves to knit, sew and travel.

Melanie Ward-Webber
Melanie Ward-Webber
OFS Guild Opt Disp.
Optical Dispenser

Another valued Optical Dispenser at Canterbury Eyecare, Melanie joined the team in 2017 with over thirty years of experience. Melanie is passionate about dispensing and providing personalised advice for each of our patients. She is qualified in optical fitting and surfacing, gaining a Diploma in Optical Dispensing in 1994. She’s well-known for her knack at finding just the right frame for every face.

Melanie is a mum of three. On weekends she can be found with her husband at the side of many of Melbourne’s athletic tracks and soccer pitches.

Pamela Constantinidis
Pamela Constantinidis
BHSc
Optical Assistant

After completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Pamela joined the Canterbury Eyecare team in 2017. She has an enthusiastic attitude to dispensing and enjoys contributing to frame selection and keeping up-to-date with the latest eyewear trends.

On a personal note, Pamela’s interests lie in fashion, travelling, Collingwood Football Club and spending time with her family and friends.

Deborah Russell
Deborah Russell
Optical Assistant

Deborah joined the practice in 2019 and has quickly become an important part of our team. Deb has over twenty years of optical experience and has also been involved in her family’s business in the optics industry. With optics in her blood, it’s no surprise that Deb has an impressive eye for frame fashion and fitting.

In her spare time, Deb enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, and keeping fit by running with a group of friends.

Maya Drew
Maya Drew
Optical Assistant

Maya is our newest staff member, she joined us earlier this year and has 13 years experience in the optical industry. Having previously worked in practices with high volumes of children and contact lens patients she is passionate about these areas of interest but is also a fantastic frame consultant. 

Outside of work, Maya spends time with her young family and enjoys a good book. 

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