Meet our Optometrists

There are eight optometrists practicing at Paterson Burn. Each of our optometrists work between two or three different locations. Please feel free to ask to see a specific optometrist, and we will try find an appointment to accommodate your request. Each optometrist is highly qualified with a variety of experience and special interests in the world of optometry.

Languages spoken:

English, Spanish, Maori and Afrikaans.

“About Our Optometrists...”

Interview with Kim Stedman, Optometrist at Paterson Burn



David Burn

Having studied at Manchester University, David moved to NZ and started working with Paterson Burn in 1989. He is one of our children’s vision specialists and also on speciality contact lenses. 

Kim Stedman

Kim is a specialist in children’s vision. She has a keen interest in the link between vision development and learning. Kim has volunteered in the the Pacific Islands with the VOSO program. She is also fluent in Spanish.

Damian Koppens

Damian is a contact lens specialist, with a specific focus on orthokeratology and dry eye treatment. Damian is also Paterson Burn’s clinical director.  

Jo Arthur

Jo has practiced optometry since 1994 & has worked in several Waikato locations, also gaining experience as a Practice Manager.

Rachel Ng-Waishing

Rachel is a graduate of The University of Auckland, undertaking research within the Department of Opthalmology. Rachel has a special interest in glaucoma, ocular therapeutics and pathology.

Rodney Stedall

Rodney specialises in low vision and runs the Low Vision Clinic. He emigrated from South Africa in 2009, where he consulted at the Pretoria Eye Institute. Rodney is fluent in Afrikaans.

Clare McKinlay

Clare is a graduate of The University of Auckland and has practiced throughout the North and South Island in New Zealand, as well as Australia. Clare has a special interest in ocular therapeutics and dry eye treatments.

Brian Appleyard

Brian qualified at the University of Auckland and has practiced in the Waikato for over 30 years. Since joining Paterson Burn he has furthered his training and completed his ocular therapeutics qualification.