Helping you see clearly and comfortably, the staff at Nelms Opticians believes in a friendly, personalized approach to your vision care. We’re a locally owned, independent store that is proud to be your preferred optical team in Peterborough, and enjoy serving customers of all age groups. Keep reading to learn more about our staff. If you have questions, please feel free to stop by and see us, call us or fill out our contact form.
Born in Peterborough, Jill is the owner of Nelms Opticians. Jill is from a longstanding optical family and has worked in the industry since she was a teenager, learning the business from the inside out.
Jill earned her B.A. 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.
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 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 manager, intern Optician and eyewear consultant here at Nelms Opticians, Terri, with her 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 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, he has many hobbies which 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.