WHY CHOOSE AN INDEPENDENT PRACTICE?

Our Independent  Practitioners are highly qualified, skilled professionals, with your best  interests at heart. They benefit from years of training and experience, designed  to take care of your eyes. They will take time to understand you and your  lifestyle and make the best recommendations to suit your needs.

As an independent  practice we are able to choose from a wide range of manufacturers to find the  best  spectacles and contact lenses for you.

We strongly believe in  continuity of care. We are proud to have been looking after the  eyecare needs of our many long term existing  patients and look forward to looking after your eyes for many years to come.

The Team

Divia Gudka
Practice Manager

Divia’s role completely changed after Chetan and Divia bought the practice. She is a qualified accountant having been self-employed for many years and then moving to a senior role at a local hospice for 2 years. Since then having purchased the practice she is now the Practice Manager and looking forward to getting to know the patients.

Divia lives locally and enjoys exploring the Chilterns, travelling abroad and gardening.  

 
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Chetan Gudka
BSc (Hons)  MCOptom

Chetan graduated from Aston University in 1989. Since then he has worked in a variety of locations and joined our practice in May 2015. He enjoys working in the field of contact lenses, children’s eyecare and oculomotor instability examination.

Outside of work he likes travelling within the UK and abroad, gardening and cooking. 

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Bernadette Waters
Bsc (Hons) MCOptom

Bernadette graduated in optometry from Cardiff University in 1984 and did her pre-registration training in Leeds near her home town.
 
Since then she has lived and worked locally, joining Brian Suttie in Chesham in 2000.
 
Hobbies include walking, gardening and playing tennis.
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Elaine George
BSc (Hons)  MCOptom

Elaine graduated from City University, London in 1984 and did her pre-registration training in Bedford. She then worked in Cambridgeshire before moving to Buckinghamshire in 1993. She has worked in a variety of practices locally before joining Brian Suttie in 2015.

Away from work she enjoys Pilates, swimming and walking and does lots of gardening both at home and on an allotment.

 

Rob Heathcote
B.Sc. (Hons) F.B.D.O

With over 25 years in the optical industry, Rob has vast knowledge and experience in dealing with patients and their spectacle frames and lenses.
 
Coming from an optical customer service and manufacturing background, Rob joined the company in 2003 as a fully qualified Dispensing Optician. He is also our resident glazing technician.
 
Outside of work Rob spends his time equally between his family, supporting Manchester United, playing tennis, golf and working voluntarily for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital.
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Katherine Steed

Having worked in Optics since she was 19, Katherine is now in her final year of her degree in Ophthalmic dispensing.

Her professional interests include ocular anatomy and frame design and she is delighted to work in a practice that supports both!

In her spare time Katherine enjoys painting, baking, and walking. She can often be found surrounded by cats and pastry.

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Lynda Pitt

Lynda has been working on reception at Brian Suttie since 2015. Prior to this she worked in retail customer facing management role with a focus on customer service. She is married with three grown up children.

Her hobbies include playing competitive tennis, attending regular jazzercize classes, walking, cycling, music and sewing with an interest in interior design and crafts.

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Judith Heathcote

Judith has been with us since 2013. She is an accounts and admin assistant.

 

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Gill Merrell

Prior to joining Brian Suttie in 2018 Gill has worked for British Airways and then in Education.  Gill would very much consider herself a people person and strives to ensure our patients are happy and satisfied with the professional service they receive when visiting the practice.

Outside of work, having lived locally for over 30 years, Gill enjoys walking her pet Cockapoo; travelling and relaxing with a good book.

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Johanna Free

Johanna graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1985 with a BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles & Fashion. She has a retail background in a well-known London store selling scarves, fabrics and managing the jewellery department. She joined Brian Suttie in 2015.

Her interests are visiting archaeological sites, walking and travelling to unusual destinations.

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Sona Gudka

Sona is currently studying Environmental Geography at the University of York. She joined the practice in 2016 working part time whilst studying. 

Sona enjoys travelling, exploring the outdoors environment and charity work. 

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Louise Leslie

Louise has been working at Brian Suttie since January 2020, working on reception as well as running our Instagram page

She is in year 13 currently doing English, History and Sociology for her A-levels at Chesham Grammar and she enjoys socialising with her friends, practicing her oboe and being with her pet cat Ozzie.