A POPULAR optometrist and practice director has retired after nearly 30 years of service to the local community.
Well-wishes have been paid to Cath Powell, who is hanging up her ophthalmoscope at Netherton Eye Centre after 29 years at the business. She joined the practice, based on Marian Square in Netherton, in 1992, after being head-hunted from a local competitor. She became a partner in the practice along with fellow director and Optometrist Tracy Tennant in 2001.
Tracy Tennant paid tribute to Cath’s work. She said: “I’m sure I speak for my fellow team members, as well as the long list of patients that Cath has served over the decades, when we wish her the very best of luck in her retirement.
“We pride ourselves on customer care and Cath knows the majority of them by name, we have always thought of our patients as friends. After 29 years it’s sad to see her leave but she has definitely earned her retirement.
“Since Cath and I became partners in 2001, our joint focus has always been on establishing a business that is an integral part of the local community and I like to think that we have achieved that.
“We’ve built up a fantastic team that, I can assure our patients, will uphold the outstanding reputation that Cath has helped to create. Although Cath is leaving the practice, we hope to be here for the next 29!”
Cath added: “As I look at my colleagues, family and friends, I will miss seeing all of the friendly faces that have been coming to Netherton over the years. The cards, flowers and heartfelt messages have been amazing but I wouldn’t expect anything less from the wonderful Netherton community.”