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Meet The Team

Front of House

Mihaela has been with the practice since 2009 and is a valuable member of the team. Taking care of the reception area, making bookings and dealing with queries and contact lens enquiries. She also helps look after the accounts of the store, keeping the pressure off of Tariq. Mihaela has also just started a 3 year dispensing course, so once finished will be able to assist with the selection and dispensing of spectacles.

In 2012, Jessica was brought in to help as the store continued to grow. She has confidently grasped what Is needed to help ensure the store runs smoothly, taking some of the responsibilities off of Mihaela. This has allowed Jessica to take the reins of running the front desk, greeting customers and dealing with contact lenses and diary management.

The Dispensing Team

Tariq has been with Joy Optical since 1985 as a dispenser, assisting patients with their spectacle and sunglass selection with confidence. Generations of families come to see Tariq at Joy Optical, as they are confident that the advice they will be given will be honest and to their best interests.

After purchasing the store from the current owner David Raz, and successfully growing the business, he knew he would need help along the way.

In 2011, Nicola joined the dispensing team with over 8 years optical experience. Working on the shop floor dispensing and merchandising are her main duties, but she is also a trained lab technician, meaning her knowledge of products is very good, and assists with the transition of spectacle choice to finished product, and checks to ensure finished spectacles are of a high standard.

Most recently, at the end of 2013, Annelaure joined Joy Optical. Qualified in France, and with past experience working in a sunglass shop in St Tropez, her understanding of Optics shines through. Our large French custom also benefits from another member of the team speaking the language to make them feel comfortable with their choices.


Senior Optician Dr Jean-Charles Allary has worked with Joy Optical since 1992. Qualified in 1984, JC has proved to be an invaluable member of the team. With his patient and thorough approach to eye examinations, patients from all over the world will travel back to see him, with his appointment bookings sometimes being booked weeks in advance.

Jean-Charles Allary grew up in France. He finished his optometry studies at the University of Houston, Texas, where he graduated in 1984 with a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree. He has practised optometry in London since 1988 and is a member of the College of Optometrists. From 1985 to 2000, he was in charge and developed the courses of optometry, binocular vision anomalies and strabismus, at the Université Paris-Sud, France. He has been a part-time senior optometrist at the London Institute of Optometry, and regularly provides continuing education at Essilor Academy Europe. He is the author of a reference optometry textbook, in French.

Nishma and Niamh are two other qualified Optoms working at Joy Optical, both for over 6 years. They also split their time with here and other locations, but are very loyal to the Joy Team and have grown their own return custom throughout the years.

Testing over 6 days a week, our fully qualified Opticians are here to ensure you get the very best out of your eye examination. Not only checking the vision, all the employees are here to make sure you get only the best from your time at Joy Optical.


Contact Us

020 7584 4172
8 Old Brompton Road,
Kensington, London

Opening Times




09:30 - 6:00

10:00 - 5:00


We are located just minutes away from the South Kensington or Gloucester Road underground tube stations in London.