Tim Fowler joined the practice, then known as Stewart & Sharpe, in 1979. At the time it was situated in Charles St behind Stewarts the jewellers. In 1984 the optometry practice moved to its present location in York St, Launceston. Tim and his family are originally from Victoria. He graduated in 1976 from the University of Melbourne. After a two year stint in the Riverland district of South Australia, he moved to Tasmania.
Tim enjoys his work and is constantly seeking new challenges. He is committed to improving optometry standards through continuing education and is a registered prescriber of ocular therapeutics. His interests outside work include crosswords, Phantom, wine, gardening, film society, travel & his grandchildren.
Riya Makan joined the Vivid Optical team at the beginning of 2020. A graduate of the Queensland University of Technology, Riya hails from sunny Queensland and is still adapting to the cold here in Tas! She has a passion for contact lenses, myopia control and providing thorough and comprehensive eye examinations to all of her patients.
Riya is thoroughly enjoying meeting the friendly and welcoming people of Launceston. She is very keen to discover the natural, cultural and artistic treasures that this part of the world has to offer. When she's not seeing patients at Vivid, you'll find her exploring other parts of Tasmania, traversing up mountains, sitting in dimly lit cinemas or strumming her guitar.
Jennifer Blackwell started with Vivid Optical in 1987, and she has been Practice Manager for the last 32 years. She was awarded a Diploma in Optical Dispensing from the Dispensing Opticians Guild of Australia in 1993. As well as running the practice in Launceston, she is central to the sourcing of the fine designer eyewear we are famous for.
Outside of the optometry practice, her priorities lie with family - her husband Peter, sons Cameron and Jared, and of course Oscar and Lily, her Siamese cats. She counts art, literature, gardening and travel among her interests.
Jennifer is now a very proud grandmother, & loves spending time with her beautiful grandaughters Rosie and Ruby.
Sarah joined Vivid Optical in 2013. She loves helping our clients choose the perfect frame and has a great eye for fashion and style. Sarah also manages the social media pages for Vivid Optical. She is an animal lover and has a particular soft spot for dogs, especially her cute German Shorthaired Pointer Freida (AKA Freids!).