Mark started his optometric journey at the young age of 13 while working weekends and school holidays at his father’s practice in Parow. His passion for Optometry started here and has only grown since then.
Mark went on to qualify as a Dispensing Optician at the Cape Peninsular University of Technology and joined Tonkil Optometrists Parow full time in 1995. In 2004 he qualified as an Optometrist. He has since furthered his studies by obtaining diagnostic privileges through the Advanced Eyecare Institute. Mark ensures he always keeps up to date with the latest eyecare information, training and news.
With over two decades of experience across all aspects of optometry, Mark has a special interest in complex contact lens cases including Rigid Gas Permeable, Hybrid and Scleral lens fitting for keratoconus and post corneal surgery. He is a member of the South African Optometric Association and has served on the Board of Directors.
Nothing brings Mark greater professional satisfaction than improving the vision of a patient in his care.
Mark enjoys mountain biking, his regular weekly poker game and getting out and about with friends and family on the weekends. Together Mark and Bronwen run both the practices and a home with 3 amazing children, Zara, Mia and Alexander.
Bronwen has always had a passion for fashion and began her studies with the intention of going into the clothing industry. She changed direction after her first year of study and completed her diploma in Retail Business Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. After starting out with a major clothing retailer she joined Mark in his Optical ventures in 1996 as an Optical Representative.
She married Mark in 2001 and managed the Optical Wholesale Company for many years where she would travel, liaise with customers and put together spectacle ranges. She left Optics after the birth of her 3rd child to concentrate on her family and other interests and returned to Tonkil Optometrists in 2018.
Bronwen has a flair for eyewear fashion trends and uses her wealth of buying experience to curate the range of spectacle frames and sunglasses offered at the practice. Bronwen has a knack for knowing exactly what frame will look best on a patient.
Bronwen is an animal lover and has 2 dogs, 4 cats, 7 fish (and 3 kids). She loves spending time with family and friends and enjoys being creative.
Robert is a born and bred Sea Pointer. He first did a B Social Science degree majoring in Economics before realizing his passion lay in the world of Optometry. Robert and Mark met and qualified together as Dispensing Opticians at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Robert also went on to extend his qualification to qualify as an Optometrist in 2002.
Robert has previously owned and run his own practice for 4 years and is a member of the South African Optometric Association. Robert joined Mark in 2019, shortly after Mark bought the Sea Point branch.
What Robert enjoys most is exceeding patient’s expectations and is most inspired by the chance to help and heal patients. He feels honoured to be trusted by patients with their visual needs.
Robert loves walking in nature with his fiancé, Sarah. His beautiful ragdoll cats, Prince and Fudge complete his life!
Letitia joined Tonkil Optometrists straight out of university in 2011 and has worked for them ever since in their Parow branch.
Leititia grew up in Cape Town, but completed her Bachelors in Optometry at the University of Johannesburg. She is a member of the South African Optometric Association and has a special interest in contact lenses. Her passion is working with people and building relationships with her patients. Letitia makes sure she is always abreast of the latest news in the world of optometry.
She enjoys spending time with her husband, Tian and little girl, Anli. The family loves weekend getaways to exotic camping spots with family and friends. Letitia relaxes by curling up with a good mystery and suspense book.