Our Team of Optometrists at Spectacle Warehouse Willowbridge, Cape Town
Sonja was born in Benoni, and completed her schooling at Northmead Primary en Brandwag High School. She obtained her Optometry degree at RAU. Sonja lives on adrenalin, and loves an adventure and spending time with family. She is the mother of 2 boys, and her favourite part of the day is when she pulls up at home and they come running to welcome her. Sonja's Optometric journey started when she was weighing her options between the Optometric and the Pharmaceutical industries. She believes God sent Elna Sadie, her mother's optometrist, across her path to show her the heart and business of Optometry. She realised that she wanted to help people the way Elna did. Sonja's main interest in optometry is paediatrics. She enjoys working with kids, and to help develop a holistic approach together with their therapists. Her big dream is to grow the Vision and Learning Clinic, so more children can be helped. She is also interested in Ergonomics, and how changes in the work environment can influence quality of vision.
Stephanie was born in Dordrecht, Eastern Cape, and completed her schooling at Aliwal North Primary and High Schools. She obtained her Optometry degree at the University of the Free State, and now resides in Durbanville, Western Cape. Stephanie's favourite part of optometry is Contact Lenses and Pathology. "Optometry to me sums up my personality quite well. I love the professional environment, working with people and different eye conditions, together with the optical component and business aspect. It's also very fulfilling knowing that clear vision makes a big difference in a patient's day to day living. I am also very fortunate to have met the people I did through Optometry and also to be in a workplace with such great colleagues. I can honestly say that I love my career and I can't see myself doing anything else." Stephanie's favourite restaurant is Full House Chinese Restaurant and Sushi bar, and her hobbies include excercising and exploring new horisons. Her mom is her role model, and she believes that the heart will always pursue what is treasured. Stephanie has been with Spectacle Warehouse since September 2017.
Suzanne van Zyl
Suzanne grew up in Pretoria, and obtained her Optometry degree in 2004 at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). Her hobbies include movies, theatre and visiting art galleries, as well as photography and painting. She also plays the piano. Suzanne lived in Canada for 6 years. She enjoys adventure sports like hiking, diving and skiing. In terms of Optometry, her main intererest lies in Pathology. Suzanne loves to work with people, and to help patients look after their eye health.
Nelrike was born in Bloemfontein, and completed her schooling at Bellville High School. She obtained her Optometry degree at the University of the Free State, and now resides in Bellville, Western Cape. Nelrike loves swimming and the great outdoors. She has been with Spectacle Warehouse since December 2017, and describes her work day as exciting, informative and fun. Her main interests in Optometry is Contact Lenses and Paediatrics. Nelrike's favourite restaurant is called "Copper and Coal". Her role model(s) are her parents. Favourite quote: "Dont look back, you are not going that way."