Our Team

Meet our Optometrists

Aaron Henry is staffed by two full-time optometrists who are passionate about providing the best eye care and addressing the vision needs of our local community.

Aaron Henry

Aaron Henry

Principal Optometrist
B. Optom (Hons) UNSW

Aaron is our principal optometrist and the owner of Aaron Henry Optometry. Aaron graduated from the University of NSW in 2001 and completed post-graduate studies in Ocular Therapeutics in 2014.

After completing his studies, Aaron returned to Dubbo, the town he grew up, to work alongside his childhood optometrist. In 2004 he moved to the Hunter Valley to carry on his optometry career. Three years later started his own practice, Aaron Henry Optometry, which has been growing ever since.

Now a part of the Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter community for over ten years, Aaron enjoys raising his young family with his wife, Lisa. When time permits, Aaron enjoys a morning run and has even been known to take the kids along in a running pram.

Lauren O’Kane

Lauren O’Kane

Optometrist
B. VisSci and M.Optom

Graduating from Deakin University in Victoria, Lauren is among the new generation of optometrists having completed a Bachelor and a Masters degree. Lauren is also therapeutically qualified, enabling her to practice primary care optometry and look after her patients’ eye care needs.

Lauren has a keen interest in all aspects of optometry and, having been a member of the Aaron Henry team since 2016, enjoys getting to know our patients.

Born and bred in Newcastle, Lauren has settled into the Upper Hunter lifestyle with ease.

Meet our friendly staff

In addition to our experienced optometrists, we have a team of friendly staff ready to help you with everything from booking your appointments to choosing your eyewear.

Carmel Ryan

Carmel Ryan

Optical Assitant

Originally from Denman, Carmel began her optics career at Aaron Henry Optometry in 2008. Her warm and friendly disposition as well as excellent customer service skills mean every patient can enjoy a welcoming and positive experience the moment they walk through our doors.

Passionate about vision and eyewear, Carmel is always the first to trial our new products, including multifocal lenses and multifocal contact lenses. Her firsthand experience with our products means that Carmel is well-placed to provide expert advice and recommendations on products to suit your needs.

In her spare time Carmel enjoys spending time with her seven grandchildren who all live locally and love their “Marmel”.

Chloe White

Chloe White

Optical Assitant

Since joining the Aaron Henry Optometry team in 2015, Chloe has become an integral part of the practice with her optical knowledge in frames and prescription lenses. Coming from a background in hospitality, Chloe is also well-known for her excellent customer service skills and making every patient feel welcome at our practice.

Chloe loves guiding people in making their eyewear decisions, and her keen interest in fashion and staying on top of trends saw her taking on the additional role of managing our glasses stock.

Samara Slater

Samara Slater

Optical Assistant

Samara joined the practice as receptionist in 2016 and quickly became a highly valued member of our team. Her original duties expanded to include training in glasses and prescription lenses and now Samara enjoys helping people through the journey of making an appointment right through to choosing the best frames and lenses.