About Us


The Practice 

Originally established as a start-up company in 1997 as “McGovern Opticians”, the practice was acquired by the resident optician Joanne Pendlebury in January 2012 and re-opened under the name “Pendlebury Eyecare Opticians”.

Meet the team

Joanne Pendlebury – Optician

Joanne Pendlebury has served in the practice since it’s original opening in 1997, and knows the Cookstown people well.  Born in Cookstown, Joanne moved to England where she graduated from Aston University with BSc Hons in Optometry in 1992 and became a member of the British College of Optometrists in 1993 after obtaining professional qualifying certificates.
Having worked for several years in Boots Opticians and Vision Express, Joanne returned to Cookstown with experience of large multi-national companies.  Preferring the more personal approach, she began working for a small independent practice “McGovern Opticians” in Cookstown in 1997 and later took ownership in 2012, re-opened under the name Pendlebury Eyecare Opticians. She is both owner and resident full time optician.

Paula Rafferty – Receptionist and Dispensing Assistant

Paula has worked in the practice since 2008. She has a keen eye for the latest fashions and will offer practical advice when it comes to finding a frame that suits you and suits your budget! She has an extensive knowledge of lenses including whether tints, antiglare, UV or specific lens types such as bifocals would benefit you.

Gwen Patterson – Receptionist and Optical Advisor

Gwen joined the practice in October 2011.  She is experienced in dealing with patients on a one-to-one basis, and offers friendly and expert advice right through –  from first making your appointment to fitting your glasses or contact lenses.

Caitlin Pendlebury – Receptionist

Caitlin has recently joined the team as part time receptionist.