Our team

 

Bernard Schoeman @ Cobblewalk

After finishing his studies at RAU (B.Optom) in 1999, Bernard Schoeman spent a year working as an optometrist in Port Elizabeth before leaving for Afghanistan. He spent 8 years there setting up and managing eye hospitals in Kandahar and Mazar. His family returned with him to South Africa two years ago.

He is married to Veline and they have two sons, Ruven and Evan.

 

Chanel Naudé @ Cape Gate

Chanel graduated in 2014 at the University of the Free State, where she always knew optometry is her passion.

She grew up in Johannesburg and moved to Cape Town in 2016 to fulfil her dream of having her own practice. With her energetic and loving personality, she always strives to give the best to all her patients.

Lezanne Vosloo @ Panorama Health Centre

I graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a degree in Optometry in 2012. I was fortunate enough to gain valuable practical experience at two of the major optometrist chains before pursuing an opportunity in the Neovision group in 2015.

I personally believe in a professional hands-on approach to ensure customer satisfaction and that each client is unique and should be handled accordingly, instead of catering for a general mass market like the major chains.

Neovision embodies my belief and allows me to treat individuals of all ages effectively, to build relationships and find the optimum solution that caters for their specific needs.

 

Marion Jackson @ Intercare Medical Centre Blaauwberg / Parklands

Marion Jackson, first qualified from the Cape Pensinsula University of Technology as a Dispensing Optician in 1995, and then bridged into Optometry through the University of Durban Westville (now the University of Natal), in 2002.

After being in private practice for 14 years, she decided to join the corporate world and became the Vision Care Territory Manager for Bausch & Lomb for the Western Cape & the Garden Route.

Four years later, with Marion's passion lying in Ocular Pathology and Contact Lenses, and missing the clinical & professional aspects of her profession, she decided to join the Neovision team.

Marion is married to Terry, has a son, Matthew, a step-son, Joshua and a step-daughter, Abigail.

Larine Gerber @ Intercare Medical Centre Tygervalley

Larine Gerber qualified as an optometrist at RAU (now University of Johannesburg) in 1998, together with Illze and Bernard. After qualifying, as she is originally from the Eastern Cape, she worked in Port Elizabeth for a few years. She then decided to go to England, passed their qualifying exams and worked as a locum optometrist, travelling the world.

She did domiciliary work (home visiting optician for the housebound) mainly, as well as working in high street optometric practises. She also has experience with testing children as they were allowed to perform cycloplegic refractions.

She is married to Hendrik and they have two children, Zanay and Henco.
Larine joined the Neovision team in July 2012 when we opened our branch in Intercare Tygervalley.

Tinus Bekker @ Zevenwacht Mall

Tinus Bekker decided to study Optometry after developing a love for it whilst working as a sunglass salesman in an optometry practice during school holidays. He graduated from the University of the Free State in 2008.

He decided to move to Cape Town to follow his wife, Carien, who moved to Cape Town to complete her internship at Groote Schuur Hospital - marrying her in October 2011. He spent two years serving the public sector in the Cape Metro Eye Clinics where he gained a lot of practical experience, especially in pathology. Seeking a new challenge he decided to join the Neovision group in 2011, continuing to strive for perfection in his work.

Luzelke van Heerden @ Hermanus

I am truly blessed to do what I love (Optometry) in the place I love (Hermanus). I have a passion for Optometry and all that it entails. I strive each day to grow in knowledge and clinical skill together with the growth happening in the profession. I believe it is important to stay in touch with all the aspects of Optometry, this empowers me to give my patients the best possible care and treatment options for their specific needs. I have had the privilege to work in various practices with all different types of specialities; ranging from advanced contact lens fittings to binocular vision assessment and visual therapy.

I am married to De wet van Heerden, he is my greatest encourager. We both strive individually in our own profession to serve the community of Hermanus as best as we possibly can.

Rozanna Maritz @ Sanlam Bellville

I obtained my Optometry degree in 2011. After studying at the University of Johannesburg I worked at a couple of practices. In 2013 I moved to Cape Town. Recently I’ve decided to go into business with Neovision. It all has been a dream come true. Optometry has taught me that every day is different, you never know what might pop up. From the people you meet to the type of spectacles required. And that is why I love what I do.

I believe Neovision is one of the few practices where all the optometrists have a hands on approach. This is one of the many things that makes us stand out from the rest.

Alan Anderson @ Parow Centre

Alan pursued his interest in eye care after matriculating from President High School. He qualified as an Optical Dispenser in 2000 at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He then qualified as an Optometrist from the University of the Free State in 2008. He stayed in Bloemfontein to build two successful practices. Alan decided to make a family move to Cape Town with his wife and two boys to join our successful and dynamic group.

He prides himself in service, quality and aftercare.

Werner Nefdt @ Woodstock

Werner completed his Optometry degree in 2011 with diagnostic privileges at the University of Johannesburg. He has pursued a behavioural approach to optometry and vision in treating many children and adults who suffer from vision related learning difficulties. He actively continues his education through the College of Vision development in the USA, staying up to date with the latest developments in vision enhancements. 

"Since being involved within the behavioural sphere I have witnessed many children improve visual skills which have made dramatic improvements in their day to day performance in class, on the sports field and even socially.”

Eone Biggs @ The Bridge, Port Elizabeth

Eoné qualified as an optometrist at the University of the Free State in 2014. She started her career working at a hospital in Grahamstown which gave her a new perspective of life and optometry. She then moved back to her hometown, Port Elizabeth, where she worked for 2 years before opening a Neovision Branch.

Optometry for her is a very delicate profession. You start off by working with a person, then moving to their eyes, which is a very important part of the human body and your everyday tasks and should be treated with the best possible care. Eoné strives to give you the eye care you need with her biggest supporter by her side, her husband, Christopher Biggs.