I grew up on the gold mines in South Africa and knew from a young age that I wanted to follow a medically-related career. I applied to and was accepted to study Optometry at the former Rand Afrikaans University in South Africa. During the last year of studies, I worked on the Phelophepa -Train of Hope. This custom-built train (now 2) travels throughout rural South Africa to deliver top quality primary healthcare to disadvantaged communities. It was a wonderful experience to bring sight to so many people that otherwise do without. Those memories always remind me of why I love practicing optometry.

For the following 10 years, I was approached by various stakeholders to open and run new practices predominantly in the outer lying regions of South Africa. As I have a special fondness for children, I trained in and ran a branch of the Wise Eye Reading Clinic: aimed at providing a means of measuring reading dysfunction with a visograph and devising a treatment plan for those children struggling with reading problems. Thereafter, wanderlust won out and I cast my eyes to the Tropics. I moved to the Twin Islands of Trinidad and Tobago and spent a wonderful 8 years working, playing and scuba diving in this paradise.