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Team Specs




Nicole De La Perrelle 


  Nicole completed her Bachelor degree in Optometry  at the University of Melbourne in 1995. Having worked in rural Victoria, she moved north to Coral Sea Eyecare in 2001. Nicole has since obtained her Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics at QUT in 2007, and her Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Management in 2006. Nicole has participated in outreach eye programs to East Timor, and was a Queensland finalist for the Telstra Business Awards.  She now consults part time at the Practice while raising her young family.




Gary Venz 

B App Sc (Optom)/ Grad Cert Ocular Therapeutics/ B App sc (Physics)/ PhD 

Gary completed his optometry degree and his graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  He has worked as an optometrist in north Queensland since moving north from Brisbane in 2011.  In his spare time Gary loves to be outdoors.  Having completed many marathons, including an ultra-marathon, he is always looking for new running adventures in Australia and overseas. Gary is also a qualified Justice of Peace.


Practice Manager

Dispensing Optician



Kelda Wray 


Kelda graduated with her Level 6 Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing from Bradford University in the UK.  She has worked at Coral Sea Eyecare since 2007, and has over 16 years’ experience in the optical industry. Kelda is kept busy in her spare time hosting children’s birthday parties, studying and taking care of her two young children. She enjoys working four days at Coral Sea Eyecare.  You will often see a glimpse of her creativity throughout the practice.



Optical Dispenser


Erica Pinese

Erica recently re-joined the Coral Sea Eyecare team after two years sojourn in Victoria.  She couldn’t stay away, and is happy to be back living and working near her family. Erica completed her Cert 4 in Optical Dispensing through TAFE and  assists patients in all lens selections. In her spare time Erica likes to spend time with her two young children and has an interest in beauty therapy.



Optical Assistant


Mel Ferrero 

Mel joined our team in May 2015, and is a born local of the Shire.  Mel is a millinery genius in her spare time, and has a fabulous eye for all things fashion.  She is always happy to assist with your frame selection, and will ensure that you look and feel wonderful! 





Tracey recently joined the Coral Sea Eyecare team.  She abounds with energy and fabulous organisational skills. Tracey is always happy to assist patients with their needs and has a great eye for frame selection. Tracey lives locally with her husband and two young children and enjoys the adrenaline of water skiing in her spare time.