The Team //
Shirelle Poge – Branch Manager
I started my career with Rawlings Opticians in 2005 as a part time receptionist after moving to the area when my son was a baby.
I have worked my way up through the ranks beginning with studying the Optical Assistant course , followed by the Optical Advisor course.
I quickly fell in love with how rewarding this job can be, helping people by giving them the best vision and guiding them to choose the most stylish frame to suit them. To progress my career further I decided then to go back to the classroom to qualify as a Dispensing Optician and was elated when I qualified in 2017!
Having 15 years optical experience mostly in the Rawlings Opticians Caterham & Purley branches I felt it was time for a new challenge and have now taken Donners Optometrists under my wing as Practice Manager. I enjoy chatting to all our patients from very young children to the elderly. No two days are the same and the variety keeps me interested, whether measuring the amount of UV protection , teaching someone to use a magnifier or even trawling the internet for that pair of glasses that they saw Brad Pitt wearing on TV last week! I’m passionate about making that journey special for every single person and my favourite thing is when someone collects their first ever pair of glasses.
In my spare time, my 3 children keep me busy but I do enjoy cross country running when I can find the time!
Maria Dovey – Optometrist
I arrived in the UK from Denmark to study Optometry in 1999, then qualified from City University in London with a 1st class Honours degree in Optometry in 2003.
Since qualifying, I have always enjoyed a varied working week and Optometry has taken me into different avenues from teaching at City University / The Institute of Optometry to hospital work, where I have been working in the Glaucoma clinic at Cobham Hospital since 2015. Combined with this, I have always favoured working in Independent Practice as you can offer that special touch and have been in a couple of different practices across Surrey.
I joined Donner’s Optometrists in December 2020 in the middle of the Pandemic with all the challenges that entails and am settling in nicely. Bookham is a beautiful village, and the staff and patients are wonderful and welcoming. I enjoy seeing a great range of patients from children to the elderly and always make my best effort in getting to a visual solution that is perfect whether it means new spectacles, contact lenses, monitoring eye disease or referring for eye surgery. Having attended various courses and lectures over the years, I feel well equipped to do exactly that.
My spare time is spent with my family: Husband, two boys and two girl cats! I enjoy keeping fit doing running, spinning, walking, and going to the gym and I have been known to attempt various DIY and baking projects too; the latter usually appreciated by my colleagues! Prior to having children, I have been travelling with my husband all over the world and hope that one day this will again be possible...
Anne Williamson – Optometrist
I studied optometry at City University, London, qualifying in 1994, and began working in Surrey for one of the multiple opticians. During this time, I progressed to the role of Senior Optometrist for the area and was responsible for training of all newly qualified Optometrists. I then spent a couple of years working for a laser eye surgery clinic in London.
However, after the arrival of my second son, it become obvious that I needed to find a part time role closer to home. As luck would have it, Donner Optometrists had a vacancy that fitted the bill. I joined in 2009 and have never looked back. I enjoy the professional freedom working in an independent practice, as well as access to the most up to date products and equipment.
Outside of work, I like to spend time with friends and family and like to travel whenever I possibly can, however as the mother of two sporty teenage boys, I can usually be found on the side lines watching rugby or cricket!