Our People

Our optometrists, optical dispensers and reception staff are committed to providing you with comprehensive, thorough, friendly and efficient service and eye care.

Peter Grimmer

BSc, DipOpt, CertOcPharm (therapeutics), FAAO

Peter is a past Chair of the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board, a past President of the New Zealand Society of Contact Lens Practitioners (now the Cornea and Contact Lens Society), a founding Fellow of that Society and a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a recent past Board Director of the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ) and remains the Chair of OCANZ Accreditation Committee. He is a member of PHARMAC's Pharmaceutical and Therapeutic Advisory Committee (Ophthalmology)

While principally a clinical optometrist, Peter has at various times, lectured, published papers in peer reviewed journals, examined final year optometry students and participated in the accreditation of the School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland. He chaired the assessment team that resulted in the accreditation of the fledgling Discipline of Optometry at Flinders University in South Australia

In 2008 Peter was awarded the Snowvision Downunder Scholarship to the State University of New York College of Optometry where he gained valuable experience in specialist examination techniques and pediatric care

Married with 3 young adult children, he’s interested in music, movies, books, wine, food and snow skiing.


Renee Edgar

Renee is a Therapeutically trained Optometrist with a special interest in sports vision, ocular pathology and multi focal contact lenses. Renee has also had experience moonlighting at the Wellington Public Hospital Eye Department Glaucoma clinic where she worked in a multidisciplinary team in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

Graduating from the University of Auckland in 2003 Renee first worked in Taupo which plenty of interesing eye diseases and management of cases with ophthalmologists.  A very challenging first job inspired her interest in pathology.

It also saw her develop an interest in cycling, partaking in the Great Lake Cycle Challenge for many years.

A 3 year hiatus from optometry saw Renee pack her back pack for some interesting travel experiences where she worked as a tour manager for Contiki Holidays throughout Europe.

Settling back into New Zealand life Renee joined McClellan Grimmer in 2010 after a stint at another local practice and is so far enjoying Wellington such that she became a partner in 2013.


Eleisha Dudson

Eleisha is passionate about Optometry, coming to McClellan Grimmer Edgar with extensive experience in specialty contact lenses including Orthokeratology (OrthoK), Keratoconus and children’s contact lenses.


Eleisha is a Therapeutically qualified Optometrist, graduating from The University of Auckland in 2007 with honours. She now continues to spend time furthering her knowledge and with her passion for OrthoK she studied to achieve her Fellowship for the International Academy of OrthoK and Myopia control in 2016. In her spare time she also contributes to the specialty contact lens and Optometry profession, as the Vice President for the Cornea and Contact Lens Society and the Wellington Branch Chair of the New Zealand Association of Optometrists.


Caring for her patients, to ensure they gain the knowledge they need about their eye health, is what motivates her as an Optometrist. When not in the Optometry clinic you may see her at a park or beach with a toddler, or even doing a handstand challenge or two.


Bill McClellan

Hmm the last testament.

Guess who

But now he’s history!

Having sold his share of the Practice to Renee as mentioned above, and done a few years of occasional days he left the practice for good at the end of 2016. He observes;

“ It has been a wonderful forty six years. Ups and downs, stock market crash, global financial crises and the eternal hassles of tenancies.

During that time I have had wonderful staff, superior Optometrists to work with, among them two fine partners. The first, Bob Cocks when I joined Cocks and Newall, and then his successor the inimitable Peter Grimmer. I have been very fortunate.

I am left however with the greatest satisfaction of all, the memory of the hundreds of neat people  who have “sat in my chair” over those years.

I was blessed to get to know many of you as time passed, and grow up and older with so many of you, your parents, your children.

Thank you and good fortune to all of you. You are the stuff of my memories.

However your needs probably persist, and it is with absolute confidence and not a little pride that I leave you to the ministrations of Peter, Renee, Shannon and their great staff. They all continue to improve the standard of care and attention that attracted me to this Practice those years ago.”


Lani

Lani has a lot of experience in the optical industry 

She especially likes helping in the selection of frames 

Out of the office likes yoga gyming and quad biking

Aways up for a laugh and - a hot chocolate !!

 


Mone

Mone - can't pronounce that? Its like the French painter Monet..... Or you can call her Mon ,-)

Mone is new to the optical  industry but already has great ability just what we would expect from a grad from Vic Uni 

Out of office Mone likes to go to the gym - baking - photography and going to Briscoe's !!


Andrew

Andrew! Lots of experince in the optical industry - over 10 years 

Great at frame selects, advise on lens typea and repairs 

Loves flowery shirts ,-)