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Meet Our Surgeons

Dr Heathcote R Wright

Dr Heathcote R Wright

Cataract and Glaucoma Surgeon
PhD, FRANZCO

Dr Heathcote Wright graduated from University of Queensland Medical School in 2000. He undertook his residency in North Queensland before returning to his native Melbourne to complete a PhD with Professor Hugh Taylor AC at the University of Melbourne.

He completed his advanced surgical training in ophthalmology at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 2011 before heading to Bristol Eye Hospital to complete a fellowship in glaucoma surgery.

Dr Nima Pakrou

Dr Nima Pakrou

Cataract and Oculoplastic Surgeon
MBBS (Hons), MMed, FRANZCO

Dr Nima Pakrou graduated from the University of Adelaide with Honours in 2001, and was ranked first in his graduation year. He subsequently accomplished a Masters of Medicine through the University of Sydney.

He completed his advanced surgical training in ophthalmology through the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in 2010. Following this, he undertook a further two years of sub-specialty training in the UK, in the areas of oculoplastics and lacrimal surgery, as well as retinal and intraocular inflammatory diseases.

Meet Our Team

Can (John) Komser

Can (John) Komser

B. Optom (MELB)

John joined the MCES team in 2018. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a Bachelor of Optometry. Following graduation, he worked in multiple practices in NSW and QLD before returning to VIC in 2015. John has conducted research with the National Eye Health Survey team who assessed the prevalence and burden of eye disease across Australia.  He has worked as a teaching clinician for Optometry students at the ACO and gained further experience in co-management of Glaucoma and specialty contact lens fitting.

John enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping and driving whenever he can. He also enjoys live music and collecting vinyl records.

Nancy Ngo

Nancy Ngo

B. Optom (MELB)

Nancy graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2011. Prior to joining MCES in 2021, she spent many years working in regional Victoria at a private practice. She has a vested interest in therapeutics and clinical Optometry.

Working parallel with Dr Wright and Dr Pakrou, she plays an active role in guiding patient management.  You will commonly see her working on Wednesdays, primarily assessing patient who are being treatment with anti-VEGF injections.

In her spare time she enjoys calligraphy and engraving. She is fluent in Cantonese.

Shynade Arnold

Shynade Arnold

Practice Manager

Shynade joined the team in late 2016. She plays an important role within the business, being the inaugural practice manager. She became passionately involved in eye care in 2011, working as an “all-rounder”, including, assisting with eye procedures and injections, managing surgical bookings, clinical testing and administrative work.

Shynade is outgoing, making her easily approachable. She will aim to ensure you have a pleasurable and positive experience when visiting MCES.

After 5 years in Tasmania, Shynade and long term partner moved to Melbourne to allow him to pursue a career in finance. She is the youngest of three children, welcomed son, Theo in November 2019, and enjoys keeping active.

Julia Tran

Julia Tran

Orthoptist

Julia completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Orthoptics Degree at La Trobe University in 2016. In her final year of study, Julia undertook clinical placements at private practices and public hospitals where she acquired valuable experience and knowledge in many areas of eye care.

Her responsibilities include: general, retinal, Oculoplastics, intraocular lens calculation for cataract surgery, assisting in Intravitreal injections and performing IPL treatment on patients with dry eyes.

Julia is part of a family of six and takes care of three energetic younger brothers. On her days off, Julia enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, always seeking to have adventurous outings. She also speaks Vietnamese.

Maddy Wakim

Maddy Wakim

Receptionist and Administration Assistant

Maddy joined MCES in June 2018. Her friendly self will greet you upon arrival.

Maddy has undertaken onsite training to further her knowledge within the Ophthalmology industry over the past few years whilst working at MCES. She has many years experience in customer service and her main focus is reception duties and administrative tasks. She however has many additional skills that allow her to assist with in-room procedures, patient screening and testing, and most importantly providing patients with information about their upcoming surgery.

Her can-do attitude and bubbly personality makes her a great addition to the team.

Maddy a Melbourne local, dotes over her fluffy pooch Felix and is passionate about seeking out new cultures around the world.

Monica Roberts

Monica Roberts

Receptionist and Administration Assistant

Monica Joined MCES in July 2018 as our friendly receptionist and administration assistant.

Her enthusiasm and happy nature will ensure you are looked after from the moment you enter MCES. She has many years’ experience working in medical administration, most of which was with Neurosurgery. Her bubbly presence and medical knowledge makes her a valuable addition to the team.

Monica, originally from the Blue Mountains lives in Melbourne with her husband and two children. She loves to travel, read and spend time with her family.

Josie Rigbye

Josie Rigbye

Accounts Manager

Josie joined the team in August 2019 as our accounts and business manager. Although her role is predominantly based behind the scenes, on occasion her giggly self may greet you on arrival to your appointment.

She has previously been involved with running a manufacturing family business, before transitioning into the healthcare field. She has many years experience with account management, payroll and book-keeping as well as medical administration.

Josie and her husband, Darren are empty nesters, with three grown children. They look forward to welcoming grandchildren to their family one day.

Zena Aboughattas

Zena Aboughattas

Orthoptist

Zena initially started at MCES as a student undertaking clinical placement from La Trobe University where she graduated from her Bachelor of Health Science and Masters in Orthoptics in 2020. She then joined the team in January 2021 as a qualified Orthoptist and will play an important role during your visit ensuring that you feel comfortable and cared for.

Striving to gain as much orthoptic experience possible,  she volunteered at many public and private ophthalmic clinics during her study period. She also worked part-time at Specsavers.

On her days off  Zena enjoys spending quality time with her young son Noah and visiting family and friends.

Lora Ghali

Lora Ghali

Lora completed her Bachelor degree of Health Science and Masters of Orthoptics at Latrobe University in 2019. After completing her degree, she worked in regional Victoria where a large amount of work experience and new skills were gained. Lora joined the MCES team in July 2021 as an Orthoptist.

She is always striving to enhance her skills, take on new responsibilities and work towards higher goals. Lora was born in the Netherlands and lived there for 10 years. A little fun fact about Lora is she can speak up to 3 languages and would love to learn another language one day. On her days off she loves to hike, go on road trips and be by the beach with her family and friends.