People on the move – May 2023

Welcome to People on the move – May 2023, Insight’s monthly bulletin to keep the Australian ophthalmic sector updated on new appointments and personnel changes.

If you’d like to tell the market about a new person in your company, practice, or clinic, please send the person’s name, position, image and a short description about their role to editor Myles Hume for consideration at

Stephanie Bahler – Alcon 

Stephanie Bahler has joined Alcon as a Surgical Glaucoma Specialist in WA. She is an optometrist with almost 20 years of experience across clinical, management and business commercial roles. She is currently the President of Optometry WA. Her recent role as a surgical territory manager has strengthened her relationships with ophthalmologists and hospital settings within WA. Bahler’s industry experience, coupled with her passion for community eye health, has provided her with the solid foundation to support the ophthalmic surgical setting.

Sujan Hong – Alcon

Sujan Hong is transitioning from Professional Education & Development Manager at Alcon Vision Care to Surgical Glaucoma Specialist with Alcon Surgical from 1 May.  She will be looking after Hydrus sales and surgeon training in NSW.  She is an optometrist and has been with Alcon Vision Care for five years, educating optometrists and allied health professionals on dry eye management and contact lenses.  She brings varying experience,including management in IT and is a current member of the CCLSA NSW committee.

Nicole Jonker – Safilo

Safilo has recently appointed Nicole Jonker as its newest Sales Representative in the Victorian team. With a passion for quality and fashionable eyewear, Jonker has six years’ experience in the optical industry and during this time has developed a deep understanding of the needs and preferences of patients. She is excited to use her knowledge of latest trends and technologies in eyewear to assist customers in choosing the right eyewear to meet their patient needs. Jonker is managing the following brands: Kate Spade, Under Armour, Missoni, Moschino, Moschino Love, Fossil.

Jared Weston – Safilo

Nicole Jonker’s recent appointment further strengthens Safilo’s already strong Victorian team, following the appointment of Jared Weston towards the end of 2022. Weston joined Safilo after more than 17 years as a highly skilled optical dispenser. As a trusted advisor in the industry, Weston can leverage his extensive expertise to help independent optometrists select the right frame for their patients and, in turn, grow their businesses. He is managing the following brands: Carrera, BOSS, Polaroid, Seventh Street, Smith, Havaianas.

Zoe Levendakis – Safilo

Zoe Levendakis joined Safilo’s Victorian sales team earlier this year. Levendakis has brought with her a wealth of knowledge, gained during her more than 18 years as an optical dispenser. Levendakis is driven by a desire to match her customer’s requirements with the correct brand and product selection, based on their patient’s style preferences and eyewear requirements. She is managing the following brands: Carolina Herrera, David Beckham Eyewear, Isabel Marant, Jimmy Choo, Rag & Bone.

This article originally appeared on Insight.

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