top of page
Reason to choose us us - team.jpg

Meet Our Team

Justin Hardy optometrist eye care for kids and adults near me in st albans england

Justin Hardy

Justin graduated from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1994 with a Bachelor of Optometry (B.Optom) degree. He has since also completed a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease from the New England College of Optometry, Boston USA, and in 2015, he completed his Independent Prescribers (DipTp(IP))qualification through Aston University.

Justin started work in private practice shortly after graduating and managed a practice in South Africa for 5 years before moving to the UK in 1999. After registering with the General Optical Council, he worked in a large practice in Norwich before moving to Bournemouth in 2001 as a partner to start an Independent practice. He helped build this into a very successful practice offering many specialist services.

In 2018, Justin acquired this practice. He felt it was a perfect fit as he could build on the current success and enhance the customer experience with his passion for excellence in eye care and personalised attention.


He has a special interest in contact lenses including myopia control, keratoconus and complex lens fitting, as well as management of dry eye and ocular surface conditions.

During his off-time, Justin enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, running and cycling. He is a member of St Albans Round Table, having previously been chairman of Bournemouth Round Table while living there.

Practice Manager

Tanitha Wait

Tanitha qualified with a Batchelor of Optometry degree in South Africa in 1995 and moved to the UK in 1997. She has worked in a variety of settings from High Street opticians to private consultant-led clinics and brings with her a wealth of experience. 


Her passion is working in Independent Practice where she has the opportunity to spend more time with her patients and look after them well.


When she is not at work, Tanitha spends time with her husband and two teenage sons and somehow also finds time to enjoy playing sport, especially netball, and helping out at her local church and school. She is also known to enjoy an occasional cup of Rooibos (or redbush) tea! 

eye care for kids and adults near me in st albans england
Practice Manager

Lorna Braddon

Lorna joined the team in 1986 and has been Practice Manager since 1997, taking responsibility of the day to day running of the practice. Lorna's knowledge of our patients is unparalleled, and her efficient approach ensures that our high levels of customer service are maintained at all times.

Gui Pentland.jpg
Dispensing Optician

Gui Pentland

Gui is a qualified Dispensing Optician with over 20 years’ experience in the field. Her wealth of knowledge and expertise makes her truly passionate about being our ‘Frames and Lenses expert’ and she will ensure that she styles you with your perfect glasses best suited to your style, features, and prescription.

During her spare time, Gui spends time with her family and also teaches Mandarin.

eye care for kids and adults near me in st albans england

Karen Webster

Karen joined our team in 2011. She is always very quick to greet all patients with a friendly smile to ensure that your experience with us gets off to a good start. She prides herself on delivering exceptional customer service and always has a smile on her face

Book Your Eye Examination Now

Principal Optometrist and owner Justin Hardy, or one of our other experienced Optometrists, will conduct a thorough 45 minute consultation with you. Taking the extra time to talk to you and understand your specific vision needs, we’ ll be able to give you personalised advice and recommendations that will make a difference to you.

bottom of page