Nelms Opticians

Meet the Team at Nelms Opticians in Peterborough

Helping you see clearly and comfortably, the staff at Nelms Opticians believes in a friendly, personalized approach to your vision care. We’re proud to be your preferred optical team in Peterborough and enjoy serving customers of all ages. Keep reading to learn more about our staff. If you have questions, please feel free to stop by and see us, call or fill out our contact form.

Jill Snelgrove

Born in Peterborough, Jill is the owner of Nelms Opticians. Jill is from a long standing optical family and has worked in the industry since she was a teenager, learning the business from the inside out.

Jill earned her BA in Psychology and English Literature from Carleton University in Ottawa. Attending graduate school at Harvard Radcliffe in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she earned the Graduate Certificate of Management.

Jill lived in the United States for a number of years, before returning to raise her family here in Peterborough. She has been fortunate to be able to have the most wonderful and interesting group of friends, to travel extensively and to experience the road less travelled. She has two beautiful, intelligent daughters who are her light and joy.

Jill considers herself privileged to work with some very talented people.

Patricia Dunk

Pat is the Office Manager and has been with Nelms Opticians since 1998. She is also an Eyewear Consultant. She attended St. Joseph’s School of Nursing and took several courses at Sir Sandford Fleming College. After that, she took numerous accounting, human resources and time management courses. Pat has been an office manager/district manager since 1974. While she has been with Nelms Opticians, she took a 2-year hiatus to get her AZ driving license and drove team with her husband across North America.

Born in Ireland, she has 4 children and 7 grandchildren whom she enjoys spending time with. Her summer passion is boating, reading and wood carving. In the winter months, she loves to snowmobile, knit, crochet, woodwork and participate in folk art.

As well as managing the day-to-day business of the company, Pat will also advise you on what to look for when choosing new eyewear from our latest collections of more than 1,000 frames.

Brian Larson

Brian is our Optician Manager and has been with the company since 1997. Brian studied sciences and optics at Seneca College in Toronto, and obtained his optician license at Ryerson College. He has since taken update courses at Georgian College in Barrie. He brings a great deal of experience to our company and assists you as a board certified contact lens fitter.

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, his hobbies include fishing, reading, boating, cooking and bird watching. He obtained his commercial deep sea diving license at the Canadian Underwater Training Centre ship in Toronto.

Brian manages the optical end of the business, specializing in contact lenses and bifocals as well as low vision aids and specialty lenses. He also works with children to obtain the best possible fit and vision correction.

Lydia Sargeant

Lydia was born in Sharbot Lake, Ontario, close to Kingston. She is taking the massage therapy program at Sir Sandford Fleming College and has worked part time with us since 2007 as an Eyewear Consultant. Her interests include fashion, animals and the arts.

Once through college, she would like to open her own clinic. But, in the meantime, we are lucky to have her here to help our fashionista customers choose the latest in fashions at Nelms Opticians.

Terri Ashwin

Terri Ashwin was born in the Toronto area and moved to Peterborough at a young age. She attended Fleming College and has been in the customer service/sales industry for over 10 years. She has a loving husband and 3 boys at home to keep her busy.

As Assistant Manager and Eyewear Consultant here at Nelms Opticians, Terri's patience, instincts and sincerity will guide you to glasses that not only look great, but also fit your lifestyle. Her friendly attitude and keen observations will make you feel right at home, quickly making your shopping experience a positive one.

Tim Mak, Registered Optician

Tim was born in Hong Kong and moved to Toronto at the age of 4. He grew up in Richmond Hill, Marham area, attending Georgian College, Barrie campus in the year 2010 to study optics and optical science. Tim received his Registered Optician status in 2015.

Tim moved to Peterborough in 2014 with his family and dogs. With Tim’s high energy and attention to detail, he will be able to resolve any kind of issues you may have with your eyewear or contact lenses.