Jan Whyte

Practice manager and Optical Assistant
Jan moved from Southland to Wanaka in 2013 and has been at Central Vision Optometry ever since.  She has been working in optics for over a decade so brings a wealth of knowledge to draw from.

Jan is our chief optical assistant, and keeps an ear to the ground for the latest frames styles and trends.  She loves to find the right frame to suit your face and personality, and knows that the right pair of glasses can enhance your look.  Jan is also a contact lens technician, teaching patients to insert and remove their contacts with the patience of a Saint.

Jan enjoys boating on our beautiful lake, golf, and spending time with her wonderful family.

Fiona Johnson

Training Dispensing Optician

Fiona has quickly become a valued part of our team.  Having working in an optometry practice and in the dental industry in the past, Fiona brings professionalism with a smiling face.  While already having a fantastic practical on-the -ground knowledge, Fiona’s interest in optics has extended to her undertaking the formal dispensing optician qualification.

Originally from Australia, Fiona and her husband have well and truely made Wanaka their home

Liz Rodger

Lisa Rodger

Accounts Manager and Optical Assistant (currently on sabbatical)
Lisa joined the Central Vision team in 2014 and quickly became an integral cog that keeps the wheels turning from her wee office, and out on the shop floor helping you choose specs.  Lisa has a background in caring for the elderly and has also owned her own businesses in the past.  She enjoys working with people and goes out of her way to make sure you are well looked after. Aside from paperwork, Lisa enjoys helping you select the frames and lenses that best suit you.

Outside of work, Lisa loves to travel and go walking in the great outdoors, and has a new found love of paddle boarding.

Sally Burgess

Accounts Manager and Receptionist

Sally has been part of the Central Vision Optometry team since 2016.  She moved from Christchurch with her husband for the “Wanaka lifestyle” and has never looked back.

Sally is relatively new to optics but has taken to it like a duck to water, and has a background working in medical practices so has fitted in perfectly as part of the team.

Already a keen trial runner, Sally has recently taken up triathlon and enjoys training in our wonderful environment, and competing in a range of events in the area.

Tui Homer

Tui Homer B.Optom(Hons) TPA Glaucoma registered

Central Vision Optometry’s founder, Tui Homer (nee Russell) was Taranaki born and raised. She qualified with a Bachelor of Optometry in 2005 from the University of Auckland.   Moving forward, she then went on to gain a certificate in Ocular Therapeutics.  This qualification allows Tui the rights to prescribe eye medication, and treat anterior segment disease.  More recently Tui has undertaken extra studies to allow the independant management of glaucoma.

Tui’s love for Wanaka and it’s people budded in 2007 when she moved here for a winter and has been here ever since.  Tui’s other passions, when not in the consulting rooms at Wanaka Lakes Health Centre, include her two young boys, mountain biking along the beautiful Wanaka trails, and snowboarding the local mountains.


Katie Bennetts B.Optom (Hons) TPA CAA ACBO member

(On maternity leave with BEAUTIFUL twins born in May 2019)

Katie obtained her Bachelor of Optometry degree from the University of Auckland in 2012 and has since worked in Invercargill and Queenstown, before starting here at Central Vision in 2014.

Katie prides herself on thorough eye examinations and feels that patent education is an important part of the consultation.  She takes the time to explain results to you and discuss all of your options with you.

Katie has a special interest in working with children, and in early 2018 complete the Practical Vision Therapy Programme through the Australian College of Behavioural Optometrists.  We have since set up our Behavioural Optometry testing and Vision Therapy programme so we can better serve the needs of our patients, especially our little ones! In her free time Katie enjoys skiing, rock climbing, travel and spending time with her husband and their two cats.

Contact Us

Opening Hours

Monday ~ 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Tuesday ~ 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Wednesday ~ 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday ~ 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

Friday ~ 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday ~ CLOSED

Sunday ~ CLOSED

Contact Info

ADDRESS : 23 Cardrona Valley Rd, Wanaka 9305

PHONE 03-443 0736

Email: centralvisionoptometry@gmail.com