Our Staff


Specialist Optometrists

Dipesh Chhatralia BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Dipesh graduated from Cardiff University in 2001 with a first class honours degree and undertook his professional training at the Oxford Eye Hospital, the Institute of Optometry in London and professional community practice. After qualifying as an optometrist he continued to work at the Oxford Eye Hospital involved in many specialist clinics including eye accident and emergency, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, specialist contact lenses, low vision and paediatrics. Dipesh has undertaken further training in glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and ocular therapeutics. He has a special interest in contact lenses and has over 10 years experience fitting contact lenses for keratoconus, post corneal graft and post laser refractive surgery complications. He sees patients from around the country and abroad who have seeked his advice on improving their vision with problems associated with their contact lenses related to medical eye problems like keratoconus and refractive problems like short or long sightedness and presbyopia. He is accredited by Moorfields consultants and is involved in a pioneering glaucoma and ocular hypertension service in Harrow examining patients referred by his fellow professionals. Dipesh is a member of Hillingdon and Harrow Local Optometric committee's and is actively involved in improving eyecare in the local community.

Sachin Patel BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Sachin graduated from Aston University in Birmingham in 2001 and undertook his professional training collectively at Hillingdon Eye Hospital, the Institute of Optometry in London and professional independent practice. After qualifying, he has continued to work in professional independent practice where he has developed specialist interests in contact lenses, sports vision and low vision. Sachin has undertaken further certified training in diabetic retinopathy, referral refinement and is currently undertaking training in ocular therapeutics. Sachin has been a senior optometrist at Parker & Hammond Opticians since 2003, where he has established relationships with local GPs and eye specialists who refer patients for his expert advice.  He is accredited by Moorfields Eye Hospital consultants and is involved in a pioneering glaucoma and ocular hypertension service examining patients referred by other opticians in the local area. As a specialist optometrist Sachin has patients who consult him from the local community, around the UK and overseas.  Sachin is member of Harrow & Hillingdon Local Optometric Committees and is actively involved in improving eye care in the local community.

Yashita Shah BSc (Hons) PGDipOphth

Yashita graduated from City University in 2004 and undertook her professional training collectively at Central Middlesex Hospital, the Institute of Optometry and in a high street multiple practice. After qualifying, she completed a postgraduate diploma in ophthalmology and subsequently worked for several years in community clinics examining patients referred by local opticians and G.Ps. Yashita has also trained final year undergraduate optometry students at City University. Although, the newest member of the Parker and Hammond team, Yashita has many years of optometric experience and she has quickly established herself within the company.  She thoroughly enjoys working in independent practice and believes this allows her to deliver high quality expert eyecare in a calm, patient focused professional environment .

Mrs Anita Shah BSc (Hons) MCOptom

Anita graduated from Aston University in Birmingham in 1982 and undertook her professional training at the London Refraction Hospital (now called the Institute of Optometry) and Guy’s Hospital. Anita has been at Parker & Hammond since 2001. She has undertaken further training in contact lenses, ocular disease and refractive management. Anita enjoys working at Parker & Hammond where she feels patients are offered first class clinical care in a relaxed yet professional environment.

Dispensing Opticians

Linda Culloty

Linda began her career in optics back in 1985, working at Dollond & Aitchinson and then qualified as a Dispensing Optician in 1988. Joining Parker & Hammond in 1995, Linda became practice manager of the South Harrow practice in 2002. Linda is very proud to manage such a professional practice where the best care for all our patients is paramount. Her hard working team strives to provide a relaxed family environment that in her opinion is unrivalled.

Vanessa Hammond

Vanessa has worked at Parker and Hammond since 1988 where she trained as a Dispensing Optician and qualified in 1992. Daughter-in-Law of the late Susan Hammond, Vanessa has many years of Dispensing experience behind her and is very proud to be part of the original Parker & Hammond family. Vanessa feels that the Practice continues to offer unrivalled quality eyecare to the community, in the warm and caring manner in which the Parker & Hammond family always intended.

Priti Patel

Priti joined Parker & Hammond Opticians in 2001. She has been a dispenser for over 16 years during which time she has successfully managed a number of high profile practices including opticians within Harrods and Selfridges dealing with many celebrities. In 1998, Priti managed a practice that won “The UK Contact Lens Practice of the Year”. Priti was also invited on TV to adjust Tony Blair’s first pair of glasses. Priti is actively involved in ensuring Parker & Hammond Opticians is up to date with latest eyewear fashions and enjoys providing the best care to our patients in a friendly, professional environment.

Dipa Somaiya

Dipa qualified as an Orthoptist in 1985 and worked at Moorfields and St. Thomas’s hospitals specialising in paediatric and adult eyecare involving binocular vision problems such as squints and lazy eyes. Dipa continued her professional development and qualified as a dispensing optician in 1990 and joined Parker & Hammond Opticians in 2001.

Farwah Sheikh

Farwah achieved her professional qualifications in Ophthalmic Dispensing in 2002 at the City & Islington College, London. Joining Parker and Hammond from Boots Opticians where she had held the position of Assistant Practice Manager at one of its highest-ranking stores.  During her tenure at Boots, Farwah was awarded the accolade of “Boots Best of the Best Regional Clinician of the Year 2011” for delivering outstanding performance and customer experience. Another highlight of Farwah’s career was when she undertook a voluntary position with a charity-funded project in Africa providing essential health screening and treatment to those who do not have the means nor access to even the most basic of eye care.  Dispensing at our Northwood Practice since 2013, Farwah is driven by her passion to deliver the highest levels of customer service with the professional yet personal touch that is synonymous with Parker and Hammond.