Our Staff

Come meet our team

All our optometrists are trained with therapeutic endorsement from The University of Melbourne. They are able to treat and detect conditions such as keratoconus, children’s vision issues, dry eye, cataracts, eye infections, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and other eye diseases.

Sonya Wijaya

Sonya Wijaya

(B. OPTOM. THER. ENDORSED/
PG. SPEC. CERT. CONTACT LENSES AND PAEDRIATICS)

Our principal optometrist, Sonya Wijaya, has over ten years experience in optometry examining eyes and providing solutions to eye problems. Sonya started working in optics in 2004 while doing her final two years in her optometry degree. She graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2006 with therapeutic endorsement. With recent advancement in contact lenses (such as specialty lenses; myopia correction Orthokeratology or specialised keratoconic lenses),

Sonya was working alongside with leading researchers and clinicians in the field in the State University of New York as part of her clinical placement. She was working in regional Victoria and South Australia for two years to challenge herself in understanding complex ocular pathologies and diseases. She loved the challenges and opportunities in the rural practices’ variety.

In 2009, Sonya obtained Optical In Sight Donvale and dedicated herself in providing eye care consistently in one practice. She is very proactive in providing the highest level of eye care, and contribute to the community and profession in some way. She has excellent relationships with local GPs, ophthalmologists, and other allied health professionals.

She also developed a special interest in children’s optometry services as she loves working with children being a mother herself. Organization that she closely support is UNICEF that proactively helps children’s crisis throughout the world. She is actively presenting in local early learning centres and schools to promote the importance of eye health. Aside from optometry, she enjoys the arts as she was an accomplished artist at an international level before she decided to be an optometrist.

Elise Lam

Elise Lam

(B. OPTOM. THER. ENDORSED)

Elise Lam joined the practice in 2012. She has various experiences in both rural and metro optometric practices. Elise was working alongside with other eye health professionals and other health providers in Fiji as part of her training before she graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2009.

She has a particular interest in ocular diseases and complex contact lens fittings when she joined the practice. She has developed an interest in children’s eye health as it is challenging, but very satisfying.

She believes in contributing back to the community and is actively involved with projects that increases the accessibility of eye care to the public, whether it is on a local or international level. The organizations that she supports include Brien Holden Vision Institute, The Fred Hollows Foundation and Optometry Giving Sights. she travels throughout the year to Aboriginal community programs, and other outreach programs at international level.

Aside from optometry, she enjoys diverse outdoor activities including scuba diving, cycling, and badminton.

Rebecca Barsoum

Rebecca Barsoum

(B.VIS.SCI/ M. OPTOM. THER. ENDORSED)

Rebecca graduated from Deakin University in 2015 with therapeutic qualification in Optometry. She has been working at Optical In Sight in the past before she rejoined our practice in 2017. She has worked alongside Sonya Wijaya and Elise Lam in 2013-2015 during her placement program and we sincerely welcome her back.

She has obtained experiences in various optometry practices after she completed her degree including regional practices with management of complex ocular diseases. Rebecca enjoys a full-scope optometry practice, as well as developing special interest in complex contact lens fittings and myopia management.

Aside from optometry, she enjoys sports including indoor soccer and swimming. She is also actively involved in her local Parish with children’s services.

Trudy Pegram

Trudy Pegram

Trudy is a new member to the Optical in Sight team, having recently joined the team in early 2017. Having worn glasses and contact lenses from a young age, she draws from her own experience to provide excellent and honest advice. She also loves nature and enjoys outdoor activities.

Sandra Sist

Sandra Sist

Sandra joined our practice in 2014 and she is very passionate in helping our patients. She has a very good and honest approach in choosing the special frame to suit the individual and our patients love it. Sandra is a mother of two teenagers and has a great knowledge in nutrition. She is actively involved in local sporting activities in Bulleen.