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Jessica Chandler, part of the opticians team at Samantha Hague Optometry, an award-winning local independent opticians practice in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, West Midlands near Shropshire and Staffordshire

Jessica Chandler

FBDO

Senior Dispensing Optician & Practice Manager

Jessica has worked with Samantha since 2008 when Jess was a Trainee Dispensing Optician under Sam’s tutelage. Having successfully completed her 3 year training and professional registration examinations Jess became Sam’s Practice Manager, a role in which she has continued to excel with Samantha Hague Optometry.

On leaving school at 18, Jess began her optical career working in her family’s opticians practices and the natural progression was for her to train as a Dispensing Optician. She began her 3 year course with the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and in her 2nd year of training, needing a busier environment, moved to Boots Opticians in Wolverhampton City Centre where she met Sam and worked under her supervision to complete her 3 years of training. 

Following first-time success in her qualifying exams, Jessica registered as a Dispensing Optician in 2009 and quickly worked her way through to Practice Management. Jess was a central part of the team that won Boots Opticians Franchise Practice of the Year in 2012 – a national recognition of Jess’s ability to manage a successful practice.

Jess’s career progression saw her return to her family’s business as their Group Practice Manager where she undertook responsibility for 9 practices – a role that she both enjoyed and excelled at, and in 2016 Jess became a Mum to a beautiful baby boy. She decided to take some time off to enjoy bringing up her son and after a few years returned to the workplace but on a part-time basis as the group’s sole Dispensing Optician. 

Naturally, on purchasing Sheward Opticians in June 2019, Sam was quick to approach Jess to join her exclusive, hand-picked team and of course, the rest is history.

Jessica has an impeccable bedside manner which is something that cannot be taught and is so vital to making her a great Optician. Jess’ wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in problem-solving as well as dispensing of all varieties of spectacles, from the simple to the complex and unusual, makes her a huge asset to Samantha Hague Optometry. She has a passion for beautiful eyewear, children’s eyecare, low vision and the dispensing of more ‘challenging’ prescriptions, and enjoys complete professional freedom to choose products from the whole of market without compromise, ensuring that patients are given the choice of the very best products available for each specific need. As Practice Manager, Jess ensures the smooth running of the practice whilst Sam is in clinic and is entrusted wholeheartedly to do this – having worked with Sam for so long there is a synergy and shared ethos between them that just works.

In addition to Jessica being a Mum and a Dispensing Optician, Jess is also an ABDO-approved Theory Examiner, a role that she very much enjoys especially as she is giving something back to the profession. 

Meet the team

United behind a shared vision, the team at Samantha Hague Optometry provides you with an all-encompassing advanced optometry service with the very best in leading-edge technology and a total commitment to personalised eyecare.