Staff

Executive Team

Centre Director
Professor Michael Kalloniatis, B.Sc. (Optom) M.Sc. (Optom) Ph.D, GradCertOcTher.

With expertise in retinal anatomy and neurochemistry, Kalloniatis is a highly experienced optometrist with a range of academic and research experience who has maintained clinical practice throughout his career. Both Kalloniatis' parents have experienced vision loss at the hands of eye disease, so his passion to prevent blindness through early diagnosis is augmented by personal first-hand understanding of the social impacts of vision loss.

Executive Officer
David Murray, BA(Psych), B.Comm

David came to CFEH with an extensive range of business management experience. Having spent the previous seven years in the workplace health industry, David has a strong background in strategy, operations, finance and business development. His degrees in both commerce and psychology have provided David with a solid foundation for excellent people leadership and business management acumen.

Chief Staff Optometrist
Michael Yapp, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Michael received has B.Optom (Hons), M.Optom and GradCertOcTher from UNSW. He has worked in private practice, as a locum in around Australia and the UK, as a staff optometrist at UNSW, as the program manager for Luxottica’s charity program and at a corneal specialist ophthalmology practice.He is currently the chief staff optometrist at the Centre for Eye Health with a special interest in ocular imaging and glaucoma. He is passionate about contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate optometric education and has been invited to speak in India and the US as well as around Australia. He has also contributed to articles in Ophthalmic and Physiological optics, Ophthalmic Epidemiology, Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness and Pharma. 

CFEH Executive (left to right) David Murray, Michael Yapp, Michael Kalloniatis.

Clinical Team

Paula Katalinic, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Paula received her BOptom and MOptom degrees from The University of New South Wales and gained her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2008. She has worked in both rural and urban optometric practice and spent 3.5 years at Joslin Diabetes Centre's Beetham Eye Institute in Boston. Most recently, she was a Staff Optometrist in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at The University of New South Wales and currently works part-time as the Professional Services Manager at the Optometrists Association Australia (NSW Division). Her clinical interests are in retinal pathology (with a particular interest in diabetic retinopathy) and colour vision.

Agnes Choi, BOptom, MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Agnes received her Bachelor of Optometry and subsequently her Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics and Master of Optometry from the University of New South Wales.  She has worked in private optometric practice and as a Clinical Optometrist in the Institute for Eye Research, Sydney, before joining CFEH.Agnes is currently enrolled in a PhD program of the University of New South Wales.  Her research area is in early diagnosis of age-related macular degeneration using imaging and functional tests.  Agnes is also recently involved in the provision of clinical care using electrodiagnostic tests.  She has presented at the ARVO conference in Seattle 2016.

Carol Chu, BOptom (Hons), GradCertOcTher

Carol received her Bachelor of Optometry and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics from The University of New South Wales, also receiving the University Medal. She has worked in private and corporate optometric practices.

Angelica Ly, BOptom (Hons),GradCertOcTher

Angelica obtained her Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics from UNSW Australia.  Since joining the CFEH team in 2011, Angelica is regularly involved in the provision of cutting-edge clinical care using advanced imaging. She is committed to improving the standard of care in optometry through undergraduate and postgraduate continuing education initiatives. She also practices on a locum basis and has a passion for evidence based optometry, ocular disease and clinical research. Her areas of interest include pigmented fundus lesions and macular disease.  Angelica is also currently undertaking a PhD on "Multimodal evaluation of macular structure and function in age-related macular degeneration".  As well as presenting at ARVO and Australian based optometry conferences and events, she has also had articles published in Optometry and Vision Science as well as Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.

Rebecca Tobias, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Rebecca graduated from the Bachelor of Optometry degree at UNSW Australia with first class honours. She subsequently also completed her graduate certificate of ocular therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Following graduation Rebecca worked in full scope optometry in several private practices across Sydney. She commenced her employment at CFEH in 2011 and since then has also engaged in clinical supervision of fourth and fifth year students at the school of optometry and vision science.Working at CFEH has allowed Rebecca to advance her clinical expertise as well as engage in research endeavours. She has taken a particular interest in macula pathology including the development of continuing professional development material for Australian Optometrists and co-authoring a publication on multimodal imaging in age related macular degeneration. Last year, Rebecca had the opportunity to present some of CFEH’s recent research on AMD at the ARVO conference in Denver, Colorado and has also authored an article on vitreous floaters published in Survey of Ophthalmology.

Jaclyn Chiang, MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Jaclyn received her Bachelor of Optometry at UNSW Australia and subsequently completed the Graduate Certificate of Ocular Therapeutics and Master of Optometry. She worked in corporate optometry at several locations in Sydney prior to joining the CFEH team in early 2012.Jaclyn has been involved in various continuing education events at the Centre including presenting at seminars and webinars as well as developing online education material. Her area of interest includes optic disc pathology and central retinal diseases. She has authored a review paper on multimodal imaging for differentially diagnosing optic disc swelling published in Clinical and Experimental Optometry. Jaclyn is also involved in clinical research with her most recent study on optic disc herniation being submitted for publication.

Elizabeth Wong, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Optometry, Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Prior to joining CFEH in 2012, she worked in a variety of clinical settings including rural and ophthalmology practice.Working at CFEH has allowed development of a special interest in glaucoma and research skills. She assists in running the glaucoma management clinic and has authored papers published in Optometry and Vision Science.

Nayuta Yoshioka, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Yoshi graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry degree and Graduate Certificate for Ocular Therapeutics from the University of New South Wales. He has worked as an optometrist at a private practice in rural NSW/Victoria for two years, with an emphasis on ocular disease management as is typical for a rural practice. Upon returning to Sydney, he worked for another private practice before joining the Centre in 2012.

Lindsay Moore, BOptom (Hons) / BSc

Lindsay graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry / Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New South Wales. She has worked as an optometrists at private practices in Sydney including assisting Ophthalmologists in their work ups, Performing pre-assessment and recovery for patients before and after surgery.

Jack Phu, BOptom (Hons.), BSc, MPH, FAAO

Jack is currently a staff optometrist at Centre For Eye Health and is undertaking PhD studies in glaucoma and visual fields. He graduated from UNSW in 2011 and spent 3 years working in an independent private practice with a strong focus on ocular diseases. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and completed a Masters in Public Health in 2014. He is also involved in undergraduate teaching at UNSW in the areas of ocular diseases, clinical optometry and ocular therapeutics.

Pauline Xu, BOptom (Hons), MOptom, GradCertOcTher

Pauline graduated from the Bachelor of Optometry degree at UNSW Australia with first class honours. She subsequently completed her graduate certificate of ocular therapeutics and Master of Optometry from UNSW. Following graduation Pauline practiced full-scope optometry in both rural and urban practices and spent 5 years in the Brien Holden Vision Institute, Sydney as research optometrist. Apart from working in CFEH, Pauline continues to work in private practices in Sydney and supervises optometry students in the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW.

Gonzalo Jacome, BOptom, GradCertOcTher

Gonzalo received his Bachelor of Optometry and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeuticsfrom the UNSW. He has worked primarily in full scope private practice since 1992. He has particular interests in glaucoma, diabetic eye disease and contact lenses. His interest also extends to public health with specific concern for improving accessibility of the latest diagnostic ocular imaging and treatment services to the general community.

Jessie Huang, BOptom (Hons), GradCertOcTher

Jessie was awarded Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics by the University of New South Wales. Her work experience includes clinical practice and teaching in various locations across NSW and Victoria. Jessie spent 12 months in Vietnam volunteering as a university lecturer at a new optometry school.Upon returning to Sydney, she re-joined CFEH and is also undertaking her PhD in glaucoma management.

Henrietta Wang, BOptom (Hons.), BSc

Henrietta graduated from the University of New South Wales in 2016 with a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons) and Bachelor of Science. During her time at university, she undertook a summer vacation scholarship with the Retinal Networks Laboratory. She was the recipient of the Neville Fulthorpe Prize for Stage 5 Clinical Optometry and The Stage 5 Research Project Prize in 2016. She is currently also a clinical demonstrator for second year undergraduate students at the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Henrietta is involved in both the clinical and research aspects of CFEH.

Janelle Tong, B. Optom (Hons), B. Sci

Janelle graduated with a Bachelor of Optometry (Hons)/Bachelor of Science degree from UNSW Australia. She was the recipient of the University Medal and several other academic awards throughout her university career. Prior to joining CFEH, she worked in a full-scope private practice in Sydney, where she developed her interest in managing posterior ocular disease.

Operations Team

Office Manager/Executive Assistant to Centre Director
Darrielle Veness,

Client Services Coordinator
Thomas Veness,

Referrer Services Coordinator
Joanna Taylor,