Our dedicated practice team are focused on providing the best possible service to you
Dury and Tippett’s owners – Steve Dury and Helen Tippett – have worked as a team for 28 years. Helen joined the practice in 1992, when it was known by its original name Dury and Shaw, and became a full partner in the newly renamed Dury and Tippett in 2005.
Several years ago Steve and Helen doubled the size of the practice to allow room for the Style Zone, the jukebox and all the quirky individual features you’ll see in there today.
Steve almost fell into optics by chance. As a teenager he was a guitarist in a band, and the other guitarist at the time was training to become a Dispensing Optician. Steve followed suit after thinking that his friend’s choice of career “sounded interesting”.
After qualifying he initially worked for an independent optical group until it was taken over by D&A, at which time he chose to open his own practice instead.
By contrast, Helen first became interested in optics after listening to a talk from a visiting optician during a careers evening at school. She studied at City University in London, before moving to Bristol for her ‘pre-registration’ year, and joined the practice soon afterwards.
Between them, Steve and Helen have taken care to ensure they have surrounded themselves with a team who not only share their vision for the practice, but also their passion for quality patient care. The whole team prides themselves on their outstanding optical knowledge, and are able to frequently use this to advise patients or make recommendations.
Cath Chriswick oversees the day-to-day running of the practice, and enjoys getting to know our patients, offering advice on the latest styles and helping them to choose new frames, her focus is always on providing an excellent patient experience. Cath is always ready and willing to lend a hand with anything, whether it’s choosing new eyewear, booking appointments, or making sure you have a complimentary tea or coffee and a comfy seat while listening to our jukebox.