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Meet the Team

Gill Bowden BSc(Hons)FC Optom


Gill trained at Aston University followed by her pre-registration year at the Oxford Eye Hospital. She then worked for various opticians and had her family before embarking on setting up her own business here in Dorchester. Currently Gill is not performing eye examinations, but is still very much involved in the business. She has enjoyed working in an environment where service and quality are most important, but is now taking things a little more easy!

Lisa Gunning FBDO CL

Contact Lens Practitioner / Dispensing Optician

After working as an optical receptionist for a number of years Lisa decided to further her career by obtaining qualifications to become a Dispensing Optician. She studied and qualified at Anglian Ruskin University and then furthered her studies qualifying as a contact lens practitioner.  Having been a partner in a large independent optical practice she was keen to have more autonomy in a smaller practice and is pleased to be part of Sproston & Bowden.

Tracey Perkins

Optical Receptionist

Tracey joined us in March 2018 and is a real asset, always cheerful, hard working and willing to learn anything new with great enthusiasm.

Tracey has now completed and passed the Optical Assistant course through ABDO (Association of British Dispensing Opticians)and achieved a fantastic result of 90% overall. Tracey is now working hard to further her optical knowledge and learn more about dispensing in general.

Elena Rees

Optometrist Elena studied Optometry at City University in London. Since qualifying in 2003 she has worked in a variety of practices including a year in the Caribbean! She is a member of Vision Aid Overseas and has been on trips to Africa and Eastern Europe to help provide much needed eyecare. After having her daughter Elena re-joined the Sproston & Bowden team in 2017 and is enjoying being back.

Giulia Libardoni McOptom

Optometrist Giulia (pronounced Julia) recently joined us and is enjoying working in a small independent practice. Giulia completed her BSc Optometry degree at City University, London. She has a passion for helping customers with their ongoing eye health, whilst delivering a high level of personal care.

Deborah Dodge

Dispenser Deborah joined us in January 2019 and having known and worked with Deborah for many years, it is lovely to have her join our team. Deborah has many years of experience as a Dispensing Optician and is a great asset to our team.