The Team


Mike is a fully qualified Dispensing and Contact Lens Optician with over thirty years experience in the optical profession. His vision has always been to provide excellent eye care in a fully independent practice with a great team of colleagues. He is privileged to have worked with amazing professionals throughout his career and that is especially true with the team of people he has worked with since he first opened his own practice

in Appleby in 2012


When she’s not either baking fabulous cakes or striding up the fells, you will find Rosemary behind the desk of our Appleby Practice with a cheery welcome for whoever walks through our doors.

Rosemary has been working with Mike since the very beginning and is considered as one of the foundation stones of ‘Mike Addison Optician’. She has many years of experience in administration and finance and knows how to run a smooth ship.


Lucy is one of our amazing Optometrists with over twenty five years experience of testing eyes. Her clinical judgement, professionalism and excellent people skills are second to none, which makes her an excellent fit for our ‘Team’.

When she’s not at work, Lucy can often be seen out and about training for her next Marathon or Fell Run!


Socialising and exercising are Alisha’s main interests out of work! Although, as our Trainee Dispensing Optician, Alisha is currently spending much of her ‘free’ time studying to become a fully qualified Dispensing Optician. With a keen eye for style and fashion, as well as a very logical brain, she is always ready to give excellent honest advice about frame styles and lens types following your eye exam.


As one of the newer members (where did those years go?!), Kiera has fitted into the team perfectly. She can be found either behind the desk at Appleby or Kirkby Stephen giving a hearty welcome and cheery smile to whoever walks through the door. Also with an excellent eye for fashion, she is often on hand to offer important advice when it comes to frame choice. Outside of work, Kiera is an excellent guide for local eateries and hostelries as well as a keen member of the local Young Farmers group.


Another newer member of the team, Rebecca has an abundance of experience within the optical industry. You will find her behind the desk at our Kirkby Stephen practice where her lively personality gives a wonderful welcome to all our patients and expert advice when it’s needed. Just as busy outside of work, Rebecca is a local ‘First Responder’, a keen musician and also an expert in sign language and Lego building!


Richard is our other regular Optometrist who has been part of our team from the very beginning. With well over thirty years experience in the optical profession, Richards‘ people skills and experience can always be relied upon to give an excellent eye exam with clinical precision. His lively personality ensures that there is never a dull moment when he is at work, despite his advancing years! Outside of work Richard is a keen DIY expert and likes health and fitness.