Focused on Your Vision Needs

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, Business Manager

Pat is the business manager and has been with Nelms Opticians since 1998 (although she took 2 years off, got her AZ driving license and drove team with her husband across N. America.)

Born in Ireland, she has 4 children with 7 grandchildren. She enjoys boating, camping, reading, travelling and folk art.

As well as managing and marketing the business, Pat can advise you on choosing new eyewear from our latest collections.


Terri Ashwin, Office Manager, Eyewear Consultant

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 3 boys at home to keep her busy.

As office 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.


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.


Tim Mak, 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.


Lydia Sargeant

Lydia Sargeant came to Peterborough just over 10 years ago for her Post Secondary Education. She has been a Nelms employee as Eye wear Consultant for a decade. With her honesty and sense of style for eye wear, she enjoys helping people choose new frames best suited for them. She is one of our Oakley specialists. Lydia enjoys her 2 dogs and the colorful music scene that this amazing town offers.

Marlene McCarrell - Eyewear Consultant

Marleen McCarrell, Eyewear Consultant

Marleen comes to Nelms Opticians with a vast array of optical experience including eyewear consultant, lab technician, and assistant. She loves people, and enjoys seeing her customers leave happy and excited about their purchases. Marleen is a grandmother of six and enjoys reading, embroidery, crochet, baking, gardening and spending as much time as possible with her family.

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