The EyeCare Corner
Est: 1974

Our Team

Practice Manager

Karyn, our Practice Manager was born in Townsville and has lived in Cairns most of her life. Karyn has a Diploma in Front Line Management, Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing and has had previous experience in managerial positions. Karyn has been a great asset to Bruce Mellick optometry since joining us in 2005 where she has demonstrated an ability to learn quickly.


Alex has 15 years's experience as a clinical Optometrist.  Alex has worked closely with eye surgeons; managing and treating patients with dry eyes, red sore eyes, macula disease, post-corneal graft surgery, glaucoma and cataracts. He has presented at conferences on a range of topics such as diabetes and eye care, contact lenses, allergic conditions and glaucoma. A passion for Optometry has seen Alex working with volunteer teams in outback Australia and remote PNG.

Alex is highly skilled at optical prescriptions; passionate about diagnosing patient's eye complaints and meeting their eye care needs.  This is achieved everyday through prescription glasses, contact lenses, medicines and using the latest technology for detecting eye disease.   He will go the extra mile to diagnose eye conditions.  His focus is on getting to the bottom of patient's eye complaints and meeting their eye care needs.

Alex enjoys living in the tropics with all its natural beauty. He loves cycling through the stunning gorges and swimming with his kids. A lover of Jazz music and all things sci-fi Alex regularly also attempts to tame the jungle, known as his garden, in an effort to grow his own vegies. Most recently he cooked up a mean batch of mango chilli chutney, which is almost as punchy as his home brewed ginger beer.

Optometrical Assistant

Marina graduated from the School of Cologne as an Ophthalmic Optometrist in 1989. After working at an optical retail outlet in Germany for 6 years Marina immigrated to Australia. Marina joined our team in 2003 and puts visual performance first and enjoys the challenge of sourcing the best possible spectacle and contact lens options for you. Before all new eyewear is delivered to our patients Marina ensures all lens orders meet our high expectations. Marina also enjoys the clinical aspects of contact lens teaching, visual fields, corneal topography, optical coherence tomography and digital photography.

Marina enjoys spending time at home and in the garden with her partner and son.


Optometrical Assistant

Nicki was born in Cairns and has lived in Cairns most of her life.  Nicki joined the team in 2019.  She a huge advocate for great customer service.  While new to optical, she brings her retail experience through understanding excellent service and treating every client like family.  She is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing.

Optometrical Assistant

Karinda grew up in beautiful Tasmania and moved to Cairns in 2016.  New to the team in October 2020, she brings with her, execptional customer experience from a prominent airline background, along with her natural personality and flair for fashion and styling. She is currently undertaking her Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing.  Outside of the office, Karinda immerses herself in the natural elements, exploring the wilderness with friends or furry companion.


Lisa, our Receptionist was born in Northam, WA and relocated to Cairns with her family in her younger years.  Prior Lisa worked in the Tourism Sector for 1 year.  Lisa brings her joyous, bright, young mind to the Bruce Mellick Optometry Team.  Along with her partner, she enjoys spending time with furbaby exploring the Cairns and surrounding areas.

Optometrist & Owner

Bruce Mellick graduated from QIT in 1973 opening his practice in his hometown of Cairns in 1974. Bruce has enthusiastically delivered excellent eye care and premium lens solutions to the people of Cairns for over 40 years. Bruce has a special interest in eye health, and soft contact lens fitting and has completed additional studies in this field. His interests also include keeping abreast of the latest optical technology available and the detection and treatment of eye disease.

Bruce enjoys fine dining with his friends at our local restaurants and does Pilates and walking to keep fit.

Bruce Mellick Optometry