Darren completed his optometry degree in 1989 from Queensland University of Technology, graduating with honours. After working in a small private practice in Brisbane’s southern suburbs he worked in the United Kingdom for two years.
On returning to Australia Darren began his long association with Dennis Da Rin, locuming for him and others throughout Brisbane and regional Australia. In 1998 Darren took on a large role providing eye care to remote and regional Queensland from the Birdsville Track through the Gulf of Carpentaria and Cape York Peninsula. This was a commitment pursued until July 2013.
In 1993 Darren accepted a full time position with Da Rin Optometrist, which allowed him to continue his passion for contact lenses and eye disease management. This was further enhanced by obtaining a postgraduate certificate in ocular therapeutics in 2006, which allowed Darren to better treat eye infection and manage glaucoma.
He is a member of the Optometrist Association of Australia. Outside of work Darren and his wife have three boys and throughout the years Darren has continued to foster his love of music, playing saxaphone and other instruments at a professional level.