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Meet the team

Stephen Beswetherick

Director & Optometrist

“After qualifying in Optometry over 35 years ago I was a locum in the south west before becoming partner in a small group of practices based in Taunton and Chard. Some years ago I decided to dedicate all my time to running my own practice in Chard and have enjoyed the satisfaction of providing a complete eye care service. I am particularly pleased to have introduced cutting edge technology to the practice in the form of OCT scanning. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and walking – in fact, anything outside!”

Jane Beswetherick

Practice Manager

“I’m to be found behind the scenes, ensuring that the practice runs smoothly and the patients and staff are content! With over 18 years’ office management experience I look after the contractual, financial and marketing aspects of the business and am occasionally to be found helping out on the front desk in the absence of our 2 dedicated Receptionists.”

Wendy King

Dispensing Optician

“I’ve worked in optics for over 27 years having completed a 3 year professional dispensing qualification in London. On moving to the South West I began working with Stephen and am still here 16 years later! I enjoy my role advising patients and helping them to select the best and most suitable eyewear and lenses for their needs. My continuing education and training keeps me up to date with new products and optical advances, allowing me to provide the best possible advice and service to you, the patient. I am a member of the General Optical Council and Association of British Dispensing Opticians.”

Pat Anderson


“I moved to Somerset in the 1970s and have been working as a Receptionist for Stephen for over 27 years now! I love my job and thoroughly enjoy interacting with the patients. The practice offers a very personal service and I continually admire Stephen’s professionalism and caring nature towards his patients.”

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Jessica Pritchard


“I grew up in a village near Chard and have now spent almost twenty years living in the town.  I am the newest member of the team and this is a return to work for me following a career break in which I took time out to care for my children.  I have previously worked in customer service, reception and administrative roles.  I thoroughly enjoy working with people and very much look forward to seeing existing patients and welcoming new ones to this friendly Practice.”

Doreen Toms

Window Display Artist

“I have worked with Stephen for over 28 years, beginning as Receptionist and progressing to Dispensing Assistant, which I still do on the Saturdays when Stephen is testing and also filling in when Wendy is away. My main role now, which I enjoy, is dressing the three windows of the practice, creating interesting and seasonal displays. Although I now only work a few hours it is lovely to still be part of this happy team.”




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