Our Team

Without our incredible team of skilled professionals, we would not be able to serve our patients with the excellent service they have come to expect at Saks, Taylor and Brauer.

Peter Brauer


A past President of the South African Optometric Association, Peter has a special interest in the fitting of specialty contact lenses, particularly for the visual rehabilitation of patients with irregular corneas arising from specific eye conditions or post-surgical complications. Peter also holds registration in both the UK and Australia. Peter is keen on sport, especially golf, and also enjoys amateur woodwork and novice guitar playing.

Zelda Jordaan


Zelda joined Saks, Taylor & Brauer in April 2021. She has 23 years’ experience as an Optometrist. As someone that wears spectacles and contact lenses herself since the age of 12, she knows the challenges that come with it. She therefore likes to find the best lifestyle options for a patient, whether it is spectacles, contact lenses or a combination for daily demands. She likes to prescribe the right multifocal for specific needs. She is also interested in Myopia control and dry eye treatment. She has 3 teenagers that keep her running around in her off time. She loves things like reading, sewing, and crocheting if she gets the time.

Vincent Taylor


Vin joined the practice in the late 1960s after doing a Doctorate in Optometry at the University of Houston in Texas, USA. He has a keen interest in contact lenses and has extensive knowledge in their application, particularly around irregular corneas including keratoconus and post-corneal transplant eyes. Vin practices at the Newlands branch only and is a keen naturalist and fisherman. He has an extensive Africana book collection and enjoys birdwatching. He also holds registration in both the UK and Australia.

Annelize van Zyl


Annelize joined Saks and Taylor at the start of 2021, and brings an exciting new energy to the team at STB. She has a masters degree in Optometry and has extensive experience in Low vision, complex contact lenses as well as general optometry.

Brendan Floyd

Optical Dispenser

Brendan has been in practice at STB Optometrists for the past 22 years and is a Fellow of the British Dispensing Opticians. Brendan enjoys optimizing the spectacle lens design and frame choice to provide the best visual experience possible for a specific individual’s prescription and ocular requirements. Brendan provides expertise on a consultancy basis to the South African Optometric Association on matters of dispensing. Brendan is also pretty good with a steak on the coals and plays squash to counter the effects of braaiing.

Hildé Schnetler

Optical Dispenser

As a high myope who has worn glasses since the age of eight, Hildé appreciates the challenges faced by many of our patients. Hilde has a keen eye for helping patients choose the perfect frame to optimize their lenses, and she enjoys working with children and elderly patients alike. Hildé is gregarious and outgoing, and she will encourage you to use your eyes to see possibilities, not problems. Hilde loves reading, live music, her Australian cattle dog, and trying new things.

Bernardine Flynn


We are thrilled to announce that Bernardine Flynn joined Saks, Taylor and Brauer in November 2022. She has 21 years’ experience as an Optometrist with an exceptional skill in identifying the individual visual needs of a patient and prescribing the most appropriate correction. She has a passion for general optometry, the fitting of contact lenses, paediatric refraction and skills development. Over the last 19 years she has been involved in the training and mentoring of young optometrists and frontline optometric assistants. Bernardine enjoys a challenge and never shies away from seeking a solution to complicated refractive cases.

She is an avid animal lover and spends her free time with her family and friends.

We are Your Full-Service Eye-Care Specialists

The expertise and experience of our team, combined with our state-of-the-art optical equipment, enable us to offer world-class eye-care to all of our patients. We are therefore able ensure we help you see your best, look your best and feel your best.

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