Bruce Nicholls


Bruce has successfully led the team in Browns Bay with Barbara, his wife, since 1992. Well experienced in general optometry, Bruce now enjoys the challenges of the modern profession. He continues to ensure that Nicholls & Associates is providing its customers with quality products and services with modern equipment and techniques.

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Karen Burke


With an interest in contact lens fitting, Karen is kept busy staying up to date with ever changing lens designs, and has a reputation for accuracy in her work. Her clients are regularly commenting that she makes eye examinations enjoyable!


Germaine Joblin


Germaine graduated with honours from the University of New South Wales in 1999. She worked in Australia and spent time as a teaching supervisor at the School of Optometry at the UNSW. Germaine has taken part in volunteer vision aid projects in Fiji, Nepal, Tanzania and Mongolia. Over the years patients at Nicholls Optometrists have come to appreciate Germaine’s thoroughness, accuracy and cheerful approach to her optometry work.

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Barbara Nicholls


Few people have the ability to know instantly which frame will look great on you – Barbara has that ability. Many customers now want her to recommend a new frame style for them. With a design background and her understanding of fashion trends and styles she keeps the range of frames on display fresh and current.


Catherine Perry


Catherine is the heart of the practice, always chatting and liaising between customers and suppliers. As practice manager she makes sure first class service is delivered and your needs are taken care of. Well known in Browns Bay for offering an honest opinion and warm smile.

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Chelsey Wood


Chelsey joined Nicholls and Associates in January 2014. She has quickly become a valued member of the team as an enthusiastic, hardworking optometrist. Chelsey graduated from the University of Auckland optometry programme with honours and is therapeutically qualified. In her spare time, she enjoys playing football and has previously played for NZ U20 Womens Football team at two world cups.

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Shannon is the latest addition to our Optometry team, having graduated with Honours from the University of Auckland. Growing up in Browns Bay she has strong ties to the local community. Shannon’s gentle nature and comprehensive knowledge are valuable traits which are appreciated by all of her clients.


Robyn Stirling


Robyn works part-time at Nicholls and Associates and also for the Eye Department at Greenlane Hospital. She is therapeutically qualified, and has a keen interest in ocular pathology. She also enjoys childrens’ vision, and helping those with reduced vision to maximise their remaining sight with the use of low vision aids.

Robyn is currently away on maternity leave, having had her first child in November 2017. We look forward to her return later this year.

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Adrienne May


Initially trained as an optometrist and now working part time Adrienne enjoys helping with frame choices in addition to dealing with the more technical aspects of lenses. With her extensive knowledge she is able to offer help and advice in many situations.

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Vicky Austin


Vicky is a South African trained Optometrist who immigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2016. She has quickly become a valued member of our optical team, and approaches her new role here with great energy and enthusiasm.

Peter Skeates

Peter Skeates


Peter set up his first practice in Browns Bay in 1968. He has mentored many young optometrists and supervised at the Auckland University School of Optometry. He merged his Browns Bay practice with Nicholls & Associates in 2005 where his clinical records are now held. We wish him well for his retirement after many years dedicated to his loyal customers.