Meet our team of friendly, caring and qualified practitioners

Evan Brown  B. Optom. TPA. FCOVD. FACBO

Evan Brown is a certified Behavioural Optometrist with specific interest in Visual Dysfunctions Related to Learning and Pediatric Optometry. He graduated from Auckland Optometry School in 1985 and has been self employed in private practice in Auckland for the past 29 years. He has been a member of the Optometric extension program and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) since 1987.  He completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Ocular Pharmacology in 1996 and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Behavioural Vision Care at the University of New South Wales in 1999. He became a member of the Australasian College of Behavioural Optometrists (ACBO) in the same year, and completed a Fellowship with ACBO in 2016. He is NZ Clinical Co-Director for the NZ Special Olympics Healthy Athletes Opening Eyes Program, and received their Distinguished Service Award in 2013. In 2004 he was recognized by the NZ Division of ACBO for services to Behavioural Optometry and Children’s Vision Care in NZ.  In 2005 he was awarded the Snowvision Charitable Trust Scholarship for Post-graduate study at the State University of New York Optometry School. In 2006 he completed the Fellowship process to the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. In 2012 he finished the post-graduate qualifications for Therapeutic Endorsement at Auckland University School of Optometry and Vision Science. He is currently co-lecturer for the ACBO Practical Vision Therapy Program and is an Honorary Teaching Fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, Auckland University.

Andrea Tims  B. Optom. 

Andrea Tims graduated from Auckland University in 1996 working in an Auckland private practice before joining the Howes&Brown team in 2000. Andrea Completed a postgraduate Certificate in Behavioural Optometry at UNSW in 2001 and has practiced Behavioural Optometry since, treating patients with visual difficulties related to learning, amblyopia, strabismus and acquired brain injury.  She is currently enrolled with the Australian College of Optometrists studying for a Post Graduate certificate in Ocular Therapeutics.

Melissa Lee Sang  B. Optom. 

Melissa Lee Sang graduated from the University of Auckland in 1996.  She has worked in Auckland, Wellington and the UK. She first joined Howes&Brown in 1999 to pursue her interest in Behavioural Optometry.  She completed the Optometric Extension Program courses in Behavioural Optometric Care and Vision Therapy for Learning Related Vision Problems in 2006 and 2007. Melissa has also previously worked as a Clinic Associate in the Optometry Clinic at the University of Auckland.  She gained registration as an optometrist in the UK in 2002.  She is currently studying with the Australian College of Optometrists and will complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2017.

Anna Brown  
Vision Therapist

Anna began working for Howes&Brown Optometrists in 2005. She studied vision therapy and Behavioural Vision Care in San Diego and completed the Robert Sanet PAVE Vision Therapy course in 2006. She has a dual role in the practice as vision therapist assisting with visual perceptual screening and delivery of vision therapy care, along with working on reception and administration within the practice. She is currently completing the ACBO Practical Vision Therapy Program for vision therapy certification.

Serena Robertson
Practice Manager & Dispensing Optician

Serena Joined the Howes&Brown team in 1999, completing the Qualification to become a Dispensing Optician in 2004. Serena can help you find a frame you'll love and advise you on the best spectacle lenses for your needs.

Kerrie Brown
Occupational Therapist. Vision Therapist.

Kerrie Brown studied a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Occupational therapy graduating in 2006. From there she was contracted to special schools across Auckland, working with Children having special needs. Developing an icreased interest in neuro-rehabilitation she moved on in 2010 to work in stroke rehabilitation.  Kerrie spent 4 1/2 years working at Rehab Plus, Auckland's leading stroke provider at the time, where she also completed postgraduate study in stroke rehabilitation. It was here she developed a strong interest in the area of visual rehabilitation.

Kerrie then moved in to brain injury rehabilitation working in the north islands leading brain injury rehabilitation provider – ABI rehabilitation. She spent a year at ABI developing the Occupational Therapy team before going on maternity leave. 

Kerrie now has a daughter and lives in Auckland. Kerrie offers outpatient vision therapy services for patients that choose not to travel in to our clinic in Meadowbank.

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