About Dr. Elman
John W. Elman was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has lived in California since age 13. He attended the University of California at Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his doctor of optometry degree (O.D.) from the Southern California College of Optometry in 1968.
That year he became a Diplomat of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. He has been in private practice in Santa Monica, California, since 1972. He is a charter member of the Contact Lens Section of the American Optometric Association.
In 1996 Dr. Elman completed the postgraduate Course in Ocular Therapy given by the University of California School of Optometry at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He also completed his preceptorship for therapeutics with the Jules Stein Eye Institute. By passing the examination in Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease given by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry in 1996 he became certified by the International Association of Boards of Examiners in Optometry, and was among the first optometrists in California to receive a license issued by the California State Board of Optometry with TPA (Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Agent) certification. Dr. Elman has a special interest in how computer technology can enhance testing, medical record keeping, communication, and health delivery.
He is a member and past president of the Malibu Rotary Club. He is currently club secretary. He is also editor of the club's weekly newsletter, club photographer, creator and webmaster of club's website (http://www.maliburotary.org) and was named 2002-2003 "Malibu Rotarian of the Year." Dr. Elman is also a member of the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include music, especially contemporary jazz (he has performed as a jazz drummer), snow skiing, running and spectator sports (football and basketball). He lives in Malibu with his wife Lee Ann. He has one daughter, Shana Elman MD, who specializes in nuclear medicine at the University of Washingtion Medical Center in Seattle.
Dr. Elman's Office in Santa Monica
Dr. Elman has had an office in Santa Monica since 1972. He designed his current office in 2001. Located in downtown Santa Monica on 7th St, 1 block west of Lincoln Blvd, between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd, it is a short walk to the Third Street Pomenade, the Santa Monica Place Mall, and restaurants, but close to the Lincoln Bl off ramp and on ramp to the Santa Monica Freeway (I-10). There are a number of free 2 hour parking places in the street and metered spaces on adjacent streets. There is also free parking located in a single parking space in the small lot behind the building reserved for Dr. Elman's patients (access through alley from either Broadway or Santa Monica Blvd). Enter Suite #101 on Electronic Directory to ring phone to open door to building. There is always parking available under the Santa Monica Library, 1/2 block to north, with entrance on 7th street. Library parking is 50 cents per half hour.