The Date Difference
Meet the Team
Martin Spriggs BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Qualification and experience: I qualified in 1980 and have over 35 years experience, in a variety of multiple and independent opticians.
I was offered the opportunity to purchase Date Opticians in 2008 from Rae Date who was retiring. It was the best career decision I ever made, as I am passionate about the quality of care we offer – everyone is individual and has different needs.
Specialisms: I have a special interest in contact lenses and the management of dry eye – a common condition which is often missed. I have undertaken specialist training in dry eye.
Hobbies: Away from work I love to be active and enjoy the great outdoors, especially walking, running and tennis… and the occasional holiday, of course!
Rachael Brearey FBDO
Qualification and experience: Since qualifying in 2000, over 15 years ago, I have worked in a variety of practices .
I have worked for Date’s for over 2 years
Expertise: Achieving the perfect fit –I am passionate about correctly fitting spectacles. Lifestyle dispensing – identifying the individual needs of patients and finding real solutions to those needs.
Specialisms: Dry eye, children’s glasses, sports vision and spectacles.
Hobbies: Boxercise, horse riding, baking, moto GP and TT races.
Personal fact: 2002 – Firewalked over hot coals! 2000 – Climbed Helvellyn then 20 mile bike ride for Guide Dogs.
Clare Sheppard BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Qualification and experience: Studied in my home town of Bradford and qualified in 1992.
I have experience of both high street practices and smaller independents and joined the team at Date in summer 2015.
Specialisms: I enjoy working with and helping people of all ages. I always want to listen and take time to explain.
Hobbies: Socialising and eating out. Musicals and listening to music. Watching sport and going to the gym.
Sohail Salim BSc (Hons) MCOptom
Qualification and experience: I qualified in 2003 and have worked in a variety of optical practices. I joined Date’s over 2 years ago.
Specialisms: Glaucoma, macula degeneration and cataract.
Hobbies: I love to spend time with my family, the gym and badminton, and video games (sometimes).
Experience: Worked for Date’s for 12 years.
Previously worked in retail fashion so love helping patients to choose the frame which is right for them.
Specialisms: Contact lens advice and information.
Hobbies: I enjoy theatre shows, eating out and shopping (retail therapy).
Experience: Worked for Date’s for 11 years.
Previously worked in retail – ladies clothes. Always worked with the public.
Specialisms: Frame selection – I love helping people choose frames and making them feel good about their choices.
Hobbies: I love card making and other crafts.
Personal fact: Fab at 50 – have 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren.
Experience: Worked in optics since leaving college and for Date’s since 1982.
Specialisms: I thoroughly enjoy meeting people and helping them with their optical requirements; many I know on first name terms.
Hobbies: I love cooking, holidays and exercise and have completed The London Moonwalk Marathon, raising money for breast cancer.
Experience: I am the newest member of the team. I have a background in cosmetics which I find helps when selecting frame styles and colours for patients.
Hobbies: I love to go out to eat but I find I have to do quite a lot of exercise to counteract the effects of the fine food!