Our optometrists work hard to maintain their exceptional clinical skills and our optometric support staff are friendly and highly skilled in helping to solve your eyewear needs.

Rowena Beckenham

Optometrist - B.Optom (UNSW) Hons, Grad Cert Oc Therapy (UNSW), GAICD

Rowena started the practice in Avalon in 1999, choosing optometry as her profession because of its connection with people. Vision is such an important sense and when things aren’t right it can significantly impact quality of life. Volunteering in Sumba Indonesia and in rural NSW in the Aboriginal Eyecare Teams in addition to consulting to the Optometric and the Pharmaceutical industry’s has given a range of experiences in changing lives through vision.

As the Chair of the board of Provision, she is passionate about independent practice in Optometry. Outside of work, she loves spending time with family and friends – walking, at the beach, out sailing or a little away from Avalon – on the ski slopes.

Valerie Norman

Optometrist - BOptom(UNSW); Grad Cert Oc Therapy(UNSW)

Valerie has been with Beckenham Optometrist since 2003. She graduated from UNSW in 1985 and was one of the first to complete the then new Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2009. A full scope optometrist, she will recommend a tailored solution for eyecare, with special interests in contact lenses and aged eye care.

She has lived in Avalon since 1986, her husbands’ family since the 1940’s. When not at work her interests include walking, reading and animal welfare.

Rebecca Thompson

Optometrist - BVisSc/MClinOptom (UNSW)

Rebecca loves all aspects of optometry as it lets her participate in tangible problem solving that makes a genuine difference to people. As a recent graduate Rebecca is at the cutting edge of research which allows her to find the most suitable and effective solutions for her patients. Outside of work she loves crochet and all things arts and crafts, collecting eye-themed items, going for walks, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog. 

Susan Flanet

Practice Manager/Optical Dispenser

Annie Dahmen

Optical Dispenser

Claire Goozee

Optical Dispenser

Cheryl Humphris


Sienna McDonald

Optical Assistant