Mark Falkenstein: Dip. Optom.
Mark graduated in 1981 in Johannesburg, South Africa and came to Australia in 1987.
Mark is a Behavioural Optometrist, who is passionate about his work. His Optometric interests include learning difficulties, information processing, vision therapy, holistic optometry, clinical photography and imaging, and eye disease. Although he has been involved in Optometry for more than 35 years, he is still surprised how much he learns from every child he meets.
He is in private practice with a special interest in Behavioural Optometry and strengths in children’s vision and vision training.
Mark completed his British registration and diagnostic drug qualification in London, while gaining experience at the London Refraction Hospital. His post graduate education includes Ocular Therapy, Ophthalmic Imaging Masters units at UNSW, numerous courses run by the Australia College of Behavioural Optometry, the Optometric Association of Australia and the Optometric Extension Program (USA), Iridology at Nature Care College.
Mark Falkenstein is a past vice-president of SPELD NSW (Specific learning disabilities organization).
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Carolyn McIlvin Dip. Optom.
Carolyn graduated from Optometry School in South Africa in 1987 and moved to England in 1988 to complete bridging qualifications and registration in the United Kingdom. After working in a number practices in the UK she migrated to Australia in 1990.
Since the age of 13 Carolyn has wanted to be an optometrist. With a family history of myopia she had regular visits to the optometrist. During her final years at University, the Paediatric and Children’s Vision components were what she most enjoyed. Her passion for behavioural vision was ignited when one of her sons required help with his learning. Since then Carolyn has completed the Optometric Extension Foundation Program (USA) and continues to improve her skills in Behavioural Vision by attending Australasian College Behavioural Optometrists courses and conferences. Carolyn is currently studying for her Fellowship in Behavioural Optometry after completing the Behavioural Masters unit at UNSW.
Carolyn enjoys full scope Optometry including contact lenses, Ortho K and general optometry; however her major interest is in working with children with learning difficulties and visual processing difficulties. In addition she enjoys the challenge of working with patients who have experienced brain injuries, in order to improve their day to day life and general skills. She develops all the Vision therapy programming for the practice and is involved in the continued education of our Vision Therapists.
Carolyn regularly gives talks to Teachers, Parents and allied professionals to educate them about the role of vision and its connection to learning. Carolyn has assisted in the training of Optometrists in Functional vision testing and has presented cases for Optometrists at Optometrists Association Australia (OAA) Continuing Education lectures.
Carolyn has two adult boys and attributes her interests in children’s vision and learning, largely to her role as a mother, and hopes that in time more people will understand the fundamental role that vision plays in the development of the child.
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Paola Duarte O.D.
Paola received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the SUNY College of Optometry in New York, USA in 2011. She has practised in various Optometry settings including nursing homes, private practices, and outpatient hospitals performing comprehensive eye exams to patients of all age groups. She was awarded the Dr. Louis Herrmann Memorial Award for Outstanding Compassion in Patient Care during her clinical rotations.
Her extensive training and practice includes the diagnosis and management of binocular and refractive conditions, vision therapy, strabismus, amblyopia, pediatric ocular diseases, Glaucoma, Diabetes and Retinal vascular diseases, hereditary retinal conditions, neuro-
ophthalmology cases, and low vision. She has extensive training and practice in prescribing and managing contact lenses as well as ocular diseases with heavy emphasis in prescribing topical medications to lower intraocular pressure in early and advanced glaucoma, conjunctivitis, iritis, and herpes keratitis. Paola also took part in training fourth year students on their last rotation in New York.
Paola was heavily involved with New York public schools working alongside educational psychologists, occupational therapists and speech pathologists. She volunteered at the Special Olympics performing vision screenings for athletes with and without intellectual disabilities. She also volunteered at Diabetes Exposition performing diabetes eye screenings.
Paola was born in Colombia and relocated to New York at the age of fifteen where she completed her high school, college, and university courses. She relocated to Australia in 2016 and she has passed all exams and qualifications granting her the right to practise as an optometrist in Australia.
Paola loves the outdoors and enjoys working out and staying healthy. She loves to swim as it reminds her of her competitive swimming career growing up Colombia. She loves to travel and getting to know new countries, people, and cultures.
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