Meet the Team

Our long-serving, friendly and helpful staff are the life force behind our practices, ensuring that we can serve the local community with consistently high standards of eyecare.

Meet the team below:

Peter Brooks BSc (Hons) FCOptom

Peter, also known as Mr Brooks, or ‘PB’, opened the Dalkeith practice in 1977 with his wife, Anne. The Gorebridge practice followed in 2000. Building the Dalkeith practice from the ground up was a true labour of love and life for Peter. After more than 40 years of running the practice in Dalkeith, and 20 years in Gorebridge, Peter’s role now revolves around providing support and consultancy to our team of highly experienced optometrists.

Laura Brooks BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp (IP)

Peter’s daughter Laura joined the practice as a fully qualified optometrist in 1999 and now also manages both practices. She participated in many shared care schemes and has worked at the local eye hospital as a paediatric optometrist. Laura is now a qualified Independent Prescribing (IP) Optometrist and is a designated optometrist within the Lothian Eyecare Service for Special Schools, based at Saltersgate School. 

Claire Mihaylov BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp (IP)

Claire joined us as an optometrist in 2003 after qualifying in 2000. Since then, she has gained further qualifications and is now an Independent Prescribing (IP) Optometrist. Claire works alongside Laura as a designated optometrist within the Lothian Eyecare Service for Special Schools. She has also worked at the local eye hospital as a pediatric optometrist and in the glaucoma clinic.

Antonio Giordano BOptom BAppSci MCOptom

Antonio has worked as a regular locum optometrist with us since 1999. He gained his qualifications in Australia before qualifying to work here in the UK. Antonio has a special interest in domiciliary eyecare, and we are pleased to recommend his services to our housebound patients.

Patricia McMaster BSc (Hons) MCOptom DipTp (IP)

Patricia qualified fully in 1999 and holds an additional qualification as an Independent Prescribing (IP) Optometrist. She joined us as a frequent locum optometrist in 2015.

Optical assistants

Our optical assistants Donna, Jennifer, Louise, Brenda, Heather, Emma and Gillian are very important members of our team. With up to 25 years of experience each (over 100 years together!), they are the first voices to welcome you on the phone and in practice and will always provide their honest opinions to help you find the perfect frames for your individual and lifestyle needs.