Meet the optometrist - Janki
Tell us a bit about yourself
I grew up in Africa, where my first experience of optics came when I volunteered at rural eye camps. This immediately piqued my interest, and my thirst to be part of such a rewarding profession.
At work, I am very healthcare-focused, and have a particular interest in glaucoma care and contact lenses. Away from work, I am very passionate about animals. I have a dog, two cats and two rabbits at home.
I am also a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, and take part in fundraising projects for them (including their latest Asiatic Lion enclosure).
How did you end up being an optometrist with Specsavers?
I qualified as an optometrist in 2006, having studied at Aston University in Birmingham. I completed my pre-registration period at an independent optician in South London and stayed there for four years.
I then went to work in a paediatric outreach clinic for the NHS in Croydon, and as a locum, before joining the Specsavers family six years ago. I worked across a number of stores in London (including West Wickham, Clapham Junction and Richmond) before joining the Acton store in 2017.
Do you wear glasses yourself?
I do wear glasses and like big bold styles. I am loving the new Balmain range.
If you could have anyone in the world come into the store for an eye test, who would it be and why?
It would have to be Sir David Attenborough. He is such a passionate, dedicated individual with a thirst for life. I am in awe of all his continued conservation efforts in saving our planet, as well as his passion for life.
What do you enjoy most about working in the Acton store?
I absolutely love the team I work with, as we all take pride in customer care equally. Being part of a small team, we are all very dedicated to making sure our patients get the best possible care and leave the store smiling.
I am very proud to have a great reputation with my patients. They choose to continue under my care because I pride myself on delivering excellent customer service. I also enjoy having regular opportunities to mentor and coach junior staff, and instil in them my pride for the profession and for high-quality customer support.