Brennan & Smith Inverell

Following on from our initial practice in Armidale, the opportunity arose to diversify and cater to a wider population in Inverell. The Sapphire City boasts scenic outlooks and a bustling CBD which complements our practice perfectly and the additional local staff and optometrists have allowed our expansion into a market with high demand.  

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Brennan & Smith Optometrists
36 Otho Street,
Inverell, NSW. 2360

02 6722 1855


Our Inverell Team

Mark Smith - Brennan & Smith

Mark Smith


Mark graduated in 1982 with a bachelor of Optometry from UNSW. He worked in suburban Sydney before completing the requirements to gain registration in the UK. Working across various practices in England gave him 3 years of valuable and unique professional experience. When he returned to Australia, Mark was keen to establish his own practice and after some searching decided Armidale ticked all the boxes. He moved with his family in 1988 setting the practice up with his good friend whose name is still part of the now familiar Brennan & Smith. Mark continued with Brennan & Smith expanding the practice to Inverell, Tenterfield and Glen Innes in the following years.

Mark is a highly experienced professional who continues to be well respected in the field, and who is still passionate about his work. Recently he reduced his work hours to be able to pursue more of his outside interests which include cooking, nutrition, fitness and farming, and travelling to see his three children who are spread across the world.


Peter Sulman


Peter has been the resident Optometrist at Brennan & Smith in Inverell since 2004. He brings over 35 years of experience to the practice including 10 years spent working in the United Kingdom. His area of expertise relates to contact lens fitting, detection and diagnosis of eye disease and refractions for patients of all ages.

Away from work, Peter’s interests are golf, fitness and his beloved Sydney Roosters.

Peter looks forward  to welcoming patients old and new to Brennan & Smith.

Kate Mitchell Brennan & Smith Inverell

Kate Darley


Kate graduated from UNSW with honours in Optometry and Vision Science. Kate could not wait to move back ‘home’ to the country to start her career in private practise as an independent optometrist. Kate’s particular interests are in disease detection and management, as well as a holistic management when combating children’s vision. Kate’s therapeutic qualification allows her to prescribe and manage a plethora of eye conditions and particularly enjoys co-managing glaucoma, removing metallic foreign bodies as well as diagnosing and treating a host of sore eyes, such as uveitis. Kate travels between all 4 Brennan and Smith stores and enjoys the challenge and change of scenery each practise offers. Kate likes to offer “quality eye care, NOT cheap eye care” and has been able to offer this in private practise. Kate is also fully qualified to offer CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) Eye examination for pilot licenses.

Outside of work, Kate enjoys working on the family farm, where Wagyu beef and border collie pups keep weekends busy.

Trent Irwin Brennan & Smith Inverell

Trent Irwin


Trent joined our team at Brennan & Smith in 2012 after graduating from the University of New South Wales with First-Class Honours. Born and raised in Inverell, Trent was eager to return to his local community and provide comprehensive eye care to the New England area. He is therapeutically endorsed for scheduled medicines and has a keen interest in ocular disease, especially the retina and prides himself on thorough examinations to provide both the best refractive result for his patients as well as the early detection and treatment of all ocular conditions. In his spare time, you will find Trent on the golf course or soccer pitch and after becoming a business partner in 2017, he envisages himself to remain an important member of the team for years to come.


Operations Manager

Tracy combines years of invaluable knowledge and expertise,  coordinating the everyday running and organisation of all the Brennan & Smith Optometrist stores


Brennan & Smith Inverell Team


Senior Qualified Optical Dispenser

Rochelle is a bright and familiar face with over 10 years of devoted service to our company.  Her knowledge and experience of over 30 years remains unparalleled in the optics industry


Qualified Optical Dispenser

Kate is a happy and highly passionate dispenser who is currently undertaking even further dispensing qualifications. Her energetic and friendly nature, along with her valued experience makes her an asset to the Brennan & Smith practice


Trainee Optical Dispenser

As a valued staff member Lauren is undertaking her dispensing course through OTEN. When completed Lauren will be a fully qualified optical dispenser and will continue to be an asset to the team.


Highly qualified in customer service, retail and optical

As a much valued Senior staff member Kathryn’s experience in retail and customer service when combined with her knowledge and proficiency of optics makes her an absolute asset to the Brennan & Smith team


Highly qualified in customer service, retail and optics

Marianne has been delivering the Inverell district with her customer service and retail experience for years. Marianne is a familiar face to many of those living in the area and is always offering a helping hand with honest and professional advice.


Junior member under training in customer service, retail and optics

Samantha is the newest member of our team. As a junior member Samantha has begun training in retail, customer service and optics and her youthful energy and enthusiasm is valued in the Brennan & Smith practice.



Senior Qualified Optical Dispenser

Darrelle (not pictured) has been with Brennan & Smith for several years, and with her growing family, she is still able to provide her exceptional and
valued skills where required.