PEOPLE OF THE POINT – MARK TONKIL


Born, raised and schooled in Cape Town with one of his practices now in our centre, Mark Tonkil is this month’s People OF The Point.

Find out where his passion for optometry comes from and what he prefers to do when it isn’t helping people to correct their vision.


Why did you decide to become an Optometrist?
From the time I was probably 10 years old, I would spend school holidays at my father’s optometric practice in Parow.


Where were you before you came to The Point?
I have been and still, am in practice with my father in Parow on Voortrekker Road.


What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
I love giving sight – especially to those that have struggled with their vision previously.


What advice do you have for people aspiring to do Optometry?
Today Optometry is not only about clinical practice and vision.  One needs to aspire to fashion, business and the love of people.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In Cape Town, with my family, practising optometry and loving what I do.

What are your hobbies?
Spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, boxing and optometry

Tell us about your family
I have been married to Bronwen for 18 years and she works with me in the Sea Point practice.  We have three awesome kids, Zara, Mia and Alexander.


Where do you enjoy spending your downtime?
Love unwinding with my family at home and having a braai.

Have you travelled?
I have travelled for both business and pleasure including, Europe, North and South America, Singapore and Thailand.



Pop into Tonkil Abramson on the second floor and meet our newest member.


Until next time,
The Point Team x

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