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Meet the Team

Our Optometrists conduct concise examinations and explain the findings to each patient and ensure that any vision needs are addressed appropriately, because of this any problems may be detected as early as possible and treatment can commence straight away.

We have a passion for vision and how it affects people at all different stages in their lives. Our quality services and advanced optical technology is designed to meet the needs of all out patients from infants to young children to adults to help them maintain a better quality of living. We want to encourage parents to use our services for children to help them learn and grow.

Our holistic approach, utilising behavioural optometry and vision training techniques aids us to be able to suggest and implement solutions that will improve our patient’s quality of life.

Simon Routson

Principal Optometrist

I'm proud of the work we do and the help we can give our patients. Being in this business for more than twenty years, optometry has allowed me to literally improve people’s lives with the best vision outcomes and the best ways to see well. Outside of work hours I enjoy playing with and restoring classic cars, along with running a Friesian horse stud with my wife Katrina.

Victor Liu


I chose to become an optometrist as I have always known I wanted to do something within the health services sector. Optometry was the natural choice because of the importance of our sight. In my spare time I love being outdoors, love to read, enjoy acting, playing tennis and swimming. I recently graduated from Melbourne University as a Doctor of Optometry but I am also qualified as a laboratory technician and in optical dispensing.

Merry Chen


Optometry brings me joy as I am able to provide people with their clearest vision possible, whether it be through glasses, vision therapy or managing their ocular health.  In the final year of my Doctor of Optometry course, I undertook a four-week clinical placement on the Phelophepa healthcare train which provides low-cost healthcare services to rural communities across South Africa. The highlight of my experience was seeing how a simple pair of reading glasses literally changed these people’s lives. Outside of work, I love spending time with my friends, family and pets, going to the gym, enjoying good food and travelling.  

James Mitchell


I chose to study Optometry as I wanted to be able to help people with their health, and vision is such an important part of everything we do. I spend most of my spare time at the beach or training and playing basketball for the Warrnambool Seahawks.

Bek Law

Business Administration Officer

I joined the team in April 2019 as a receptionist. When I'm not working I like to challenge my skills in photo restoration using Photoshop. I also enjoy baking for friends and family.

Vicki Rantall

Camperdown Practice Manager

I have been with Penry Routson since 2006 and enjoy running the Camperdown Practice as a “one woman show”. The role in Camperdown requires all aspects of looking after patient needs from reception through to frame selection and all other tasks required. When not at work I love spending time with family and friends, cooking and reading.

Luke Jephcott

Senior Dispenser

Having been in optics for over 20 years, I'm still passionate about helping people find the best solution to their eyecare and fashion needs. The technology available is cutting edge and the fashion is ever evolving. Outside of work I am really active and I run, go to the gym, surf, swim, cycle and play cricket.

Pam McNeil

Optical Assistant

I have been with Penry Routson since 2014 and my role requires a broad knowledge of a wide variety of tasks including reception and customer service assisting with queries and advice on frame and lens selections, scheduling and arranging appointments, liaising with patients, other practitioners and health providers. When work is finished I recharge by being with family and friends, keeping fit / going to the gym, walking and Zumba, gardening and holidaying.

Liz Walters

Optical Assistant

Since joining in 2017 my role within the practice is making appointments, patient enquiries, frame adjustments and whatever other tasks come my way. Outside of work hours I love spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and playing with my dog.

Katrina Pigdon

Optical Assistant

Since joining the team my role within the practice is reception, appointments, patient enquiries, frame adjustments and other tasks which come my way. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, dabbling in creative art, gardening and going to the movies.

Brodie Graham

Optical Assistant

Since joining Penry Routson my role encompasses a wide variety of tasks including reception and customer service assisting with queries and advice on frames, scheduling and arranging appointments and liaising with patients. Outside working hours I enjoy spending with family. I am a keen walker and I have a passion for cooking.

Barry Rantall

Laboratory Technician

My role since 2014 has included ordering lenses, cutting and edging them to fit to frames and undertaking repairs for patient’s eye wear. When not working in the lab, I enjoy gardening, reading, listening to music and kayaking.