Judi graduated from QUT in 1989 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Optometry. She started her career in Central Queensland with her husband Ken, servicing Mackay and the surrounding mining towns. In 2002 the Coey’s sold up everything to live on a catamaran and sail the east coast of Australia with their three children. Judi managed to work as a locum optometrist between sailing, schooling the two eldest children and changing nappies.
In 2006, the family bought a 50-acre property in Maleny where they started up a cattle farm called Maleny Wagyu. Since establishing herself here, Judi has spent the last 10 years working as an optometrist in Maleny as well as immersing herself in local book clubs, the Maleny Business Network Group, the chaplaincy committee and previously the P&C committee at Maleny State High School.
Judi is a member of the Optical Association of Australia and is strongly committed to continuing education and attends a number of courses each year in addition to many training modules. Judi’s particular interests in optometry are in eye health, pathology, paediatric vision care and low vision.
Outside of optometry Judi loves sailing with family and friends when she gets the chance. She also enjoys skiing (although she is still perfecting her skills) and traveling. Other interests of hers include keeping fit, exploring the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and catching up with family and friends.
Mel has been with the practice since our grand opening in March 2015. She has lived in Maleny for over 15 years and has three young children with her husband Mick. Mel has worked as a medical receptionist previously and enjoys administrative duties in the health industry. She is enthusiastic about customer service and loves to ensure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.
Outside of work, Mel lives an active lifestyle and spends her weekends camping with family and friends, riding motorbikes and running after her three little ones.
Rachel joined the Judi Coey team in January 2016. A Maleny local for nearly 25 years, she is passionate about small, independent businesses. The element of optometry that she enjoys the most is helping people find a spectacle frame that not only makes them look fabulous but suits their lifestyle needs as well.
Outside of work, Rachel has a jewellery design business and is heavily involved with semi-professional theatre group, Suncoast Repertory Theatre, and is a singer/ songwriter. Rachel enjoys relaxing with friends and family and her two Bengal cats Ava & Teela. She loves travelling with her best friend; her husband Howie.
At Judi Coey Optometry, our aim is to deliver the highest standard of personalised eye care to our patients.