Michael grew up in Canberra and completed a Bachelor of Optometry graduating with honours in 1992, He spent the first few years of his career in and around Adelaide and South Australia before heading off overseas on a backpacking odyssey through most of South East Asia and a year travelling through Mexico, Central and South America.
Upon his return he cut off his long hair and beard and returned to work in Sydney with one of Australia’s leading contact lens practitioners in Jim Kokkinakis, from there he developed a lifelong interest in fitting difficult contact lenses for conditions such as kerataconus and other corneal diseases.
Michael is a member of the CCLSA (Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia), OSO (Orthokeratology Society of Oceania) and IAO (International Academy of Orthokeratology)and the SLS (Scleral Lens Society).
He previously sat on the board of Optometry NSW/ACT and was also the Deputy Chair of the Optometry Australia board.
He graduated with post graduate qualifications in ocular therapeutics in 2010 and is currently a credentialed optometrist (CO) with CASA.
He met his wife Kristy a GP and moved to Coffs Harbour in early 2001 and have since had 3 children Max, Grace and Rose. He became a partner in the practice with Greg in early 2003.
When not at work he is usually found at Ayrshire Park where he is heavily involved in the Boambee Football Club where he is registrar and also coaches his son and daughters teams.
He is more than happy to chat about his extensive collection of Dr Who memorabilia which he has on display in his consulting room