Our Team


Helen Drage
BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Helen is a passionate dedicated optometrist who in partnership with Sandra Tozer opened Drage and Tozer opticians 1995. She studied at Aston University and qualified in 1990. She has a loyal patient base and enjoys a close working relationship with the local eye departments. She is a very busy lady socially and enjoys her holidays!!

  • helen@drageandtozer.co.uk
Sandra Tozer

Sandra followed in the footsteps of her father who was a manufacturing optician and qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1977. She is a kind and patient Optician who enjoys the challenge of complicated prescriptions. She loves spending time with her grandchildren.

  • sandra@drageandtozer.co.uk


Dawn Jones
BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Dawn is an experienced long standing member of the optometric team with experience in hospital optometry having worked at St James’ Hospital in Leeds and Moorfields. She enjoys riding her horses and the challenge of dressage in her spare time.


Rupal Lovell-Patel
BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Rupal is a senior Optometry lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge and was named Lecturer of the year 2014 by the Association of Optometrists. She has a special interested in paediatric visual stress when reading and provides a specialist clinic at Drage and Tozer Opticians.

Claire Salthouse
BSc (Hons)

Claire is caring popular optometrist who enjoys helping patients with visual difficulties and challenges. She also works part time at the Oaks Hospital in Colchester. She enjoys time with her children and long distance cycling.

Pratik Patel
BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Pratik is a newer member of the optometric team, qualifying in 2004. He has a special interest in glaucoma. He has been very busy renovating a house and is looking forward to finishing it!

E. Meilinn Hayes
BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Meilinn is enthusiastic and enjoys the variety of people she meets with her job. She enjoys time with her daughters outside work and family holidays in Spain.

Contact Lens Opticians

Dawn Jordan

Supervised in her training over 20 years ago by our retired Contact Lens Optician Clive Notley, Dawn joined the team in 2014 to run the new Contact Lens Centre at Siam Place. She particularly enjoys all the new technology and equipment and as well as fitting contact lenses has an interest in dry eye. She has 2 children and enjoys the outdoors.

Dispensing Opticians

Andrea Hunt

Many of our long term patients remember Andrea as a Saturday girl whilst studying for A levels at school. Since then she has worked her way up studying and qualifying as a Dispensing Optician in 2013. She particularly enjoys helping run the contact lens centre and facilitating new systems within Drage and Tozer. She loves spending time with her family and is an accomplished runner!

Rebecca Webb

Rebecca started her career working on reception at Drage and Tozer and studied Dispensing Optics with Anglia Ruskin University graduating in 2016. She has an interest in paediatric optometry specializing in very young patients! She is enjoying being a first time Mum.

Rachel Bawden

Rachel is a very experienced Dispensing Optician having been qualified for over 20 years. She is a real people person, loves her patients and enjoys helping patients with less straight forward prescriptions. She is a busy Mum enjoying time with her teenage twins.