Our Practitioners at Whitby & Co
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Whitby & Co. - Fleet Street Clinic

Our Practitioners

  • Ms Gillian Whitby

    Ms Gillian Whitby


    Principal Optometrist

    One of the founding partners of Fleet Street Clinic, Gillian Whitby trained in optometry in Glasgow and has been GOC registered since 1982.  With over thirty years’ experience of general clinical optometry, Gillian has worked in Fleet Street since 1983, establishing her own independent practice Whitby & Co in 1995. She heads up a great Optometric team and has built an extensive, wide-ranging referral network.

    Highly sought-after for her expertise, Gillian offers patients a unique blend of excellent eye care and her friendly, welcoming approach: “listening to patients’ needs is paramount”. She enjoys problem-solving and helping patients who have been visually unfulfilled elsewhere. Gillian counts one of her career highlights as testing and looking after one of our former Prime Ministers when he was in office. He is still a client to this day.

    Gillian is regularly instructed in Optometric legal matters and enjoys being an expert witness. When she is not at work, she is busy travelling with her husband Richard, or spending time with her 3 sons. A keen chef, she spends a lot of time entertaining in the kitchen.


  • Mr Nish Dattani

    Mr Nish Dattani

    BSc (Hons)


    Nish Dattani gained his BSc hon degree in optometry from the University of Bradford in 1999

    Having gained membership to the GOC + AOP in 2000, he worked closely with optometry students preparing and guiding them through their professional exams.

    He became the member of the General Optical Council (G.O.C) and Association of optometrist ( AOP) in 2000.

    Over the past 17 years, Nish has worked exclusively in the independent optometric sector across London serving patients in Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Marylebone, and Soho.

    Outside of work, Nish is a keen sportsman and loves travelling.

  • Ms Lavinia De Souza

    Ms Lavinia De Souza



    Lavinia De Souza graduated from Brunel University in 1999 as a Medical Biochemist and joined Moorfields Eye Hospital, Institute of Ophthalmology, where her research into “Angiogenesis and Drug Resistance in Uveal Melanoma” resulted in the publication of two papers.

    She then graduated as an Optometrist from City University in 2002. Soon after, she was awarded the ‘Stephen Dawson prize for Clinical Excellence’ from the Institute of Optometry, London.  Lavinia achieved membership to the College of Optometrists in 2003.

    Lavinia joined Whitby & Co. Opticians in September 2006 and has recently celebrated her 10th anniversary with us.  She is also a member of the General Optical Council and the Association of Optometrists.  As well as being in practice, Lavinia also lectures and teaches at the Institute of Optometry and City University.

    Lavinia is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers and was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London in 2017.

    Outside of work, Lavinia is an accomplished Ballroom and Latin dancer of over 20 years.

  • Ms Shani Mengal

    Ms Shani Mengal



    Shani graduated as an Ophthalmic Dispensing Optician in 2010 from City and Islington College. The majority of her career has been spent in the City, serving high profile and affluent clients.

    Shani became a part of the team at Whitby & Co. in May 2015. She keeps up with current trends to ensure her clients are in vogue.

    ‘What I love most about my job is utilising my flair for fashion. Whilst glasses should be fit for purpose, they also make a statement, so getting to know my clients and understanding what suits their style is equally important.’

  • Paolo Paris

    Paolo Paris


    Paulo Paris is a dispensing optician at Whitby & Co.

    Having worked as an optical dispenser for various practices in Italy, Paolo joined the team at Whitby & Co. Opticians in January 2019.

    Paolo graduated as a dispensing optician from “Istituto Fratelli Calvi”, Bergamo, Italy in 1999, following which, he gained experience as both a dispensing optician and a lab technician in a variety of different practices.

    Over the past 10 years, Paolo has worked as a dispensing optician in an independent optician in Italy advising and fitting the perfect frame for each customer.

    Paolo is also passionate about architecture and holds a degree in Interior Design.



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