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Qualifications and Experience
Dr. Semel is board-certified in Ophthalmology, and is licensed to practice in the state of California. She specializes in LASIK and CK vision correction procedures, allowing patients to see clearer with minimal downtime. Dr. Semel is affiliated with Torrance Memorial Hospital in Torrance, CA, and Centinela/Freeman Memorial Hospital in Inglewood, CA. Dr. Semel is a published author, offering her findings to the field of Ophthalmology. She is currently a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, International Society of Refractive Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and American Society of Retinal Specialists. Dr. Semel is a pilot and enjoys traveling and skiing in her free time. Please kindly arrive 10-15 minutes before your first scheduled appointment to allow time needed for paper work. As a courtesy to our practice and other patients, please allow 24 hours notice for cancellations and rescheduling. requests.
Verified Patient Reviews
Great staff including not only the Doctor but also all of the support members. They were all friendly, welcoming, and experienced in their jobs. The only slight negative was waiting about 45 minutes to be seen (I arrived exactly on time, so it's partially my fault for not arriving a few minutes earlier to do the paperwork associated with a first time visit). Still happy to give 5 stars overall, and will be back.
All around very good. Impressed with the staff, prompt attention, and professionalism.
Reception was warm and welcoming with Paula. The tech Michelle was wonderful also and I was very pleased with Dr. Semel. I couldn't be happier. I shall definitely return. Great customer service, very thorough and professional.
Staff and Dr. Semel very professional yet office has a very welcoming and a "family business" feel. Only our 2nd visit but we would highly re on end.
She is a wonderful doctor and her staff is excellent - very professional and very polite.
My appointment time was at 2:00 and I didn't leave until after 4. I was with the doctor for a total of 2 minutes, and was seen by a tech for maybe 20 minutes. It was extremely frustrating to have such a long waiting time before the appointment began and in between being seen.
I have been using Dr. Semel for over 20 years. It is always a pleasure to visit her office and see the new innovations she incorporates into my eye care. Her staff is always courteous, friendly, and very efficient. I won't trust my vision care to anyone else.
As a new patient, normally I expect to wait extra long, but with Dr. Semel, I was in and out within an hour! Her staff was very friendly and professional and Dr. Semel herself was top notch and professional.
My issue mainly is the fact that I had an appointment at 8:30am and ithe office wasn't open until around that time. I wasn't seen until after 10am and I didn't really know what was going on once the doctor came in.
It's a great office with awesome ppl working there. The lady who preps me for my doc visit is super nice and friendly.
This is the second time in 2 visits that i had to wait close to an hour to see Dr. Semel. The first visit was in the afternoon, so it is easy to see how appointments can get delayed. This visit was the first time slot in the morning and difficult to understand. Dr. Semel seems knowledgeable and competent, but the long wait times are a red flag.
Very friendly staff!
The staff and MD Semel were really nice. The exam was comprehensive and I was happy to have an exam of my retina without the usual hassle (no need to wait hours after the exam to "see" again). Thanks also for the contact lenses sample and the little bottle of cleaning product! The staff explained the prices at all steps.
Dr Semel was very nice and professional. I would definitely recommend her to others.
The staff was helpful, friendly, professional, explained everything that was going on . Dr Semel was also very professional, listened to me, explained what she found and what was going to happen next, and possible future outcomes. I felt I was in very good hands.
Dr. Semel and her staff are very thorough. Everyone is efficient and friendly. Probably could have been seen quicker but was filling out forms I hadn't done in advance.
Dr. Semel was kind and professional, and made my appointment quick, painless, and convenient. I was in to get a check-up on a retinal detachment I'd gotten in the past, so I really appreciated her great bedside manner. I'm sure I'll be seeing her in the future!
By far the best experience ever seeing an eye doctor. She took the time to explain why my eyes were dry and went in to detail on how to correct it in the near future. Staff was friendly and welcoming. Highly recommend her and her office. Thanks Dr Semel!
Very pleasant and offered thorough explanations.
Other than walking 3/4 around the building to find the entrance, I was seen exactly at my appointment time after arriving early and filling out my new patient forms. It was a very nice experience.
Great staff, very helpful and engaging.
I am most definitely making she and her team my primary eye care!!
I was not happy with the way Gabe (I guess her assistant) treated me. He did some tests on me and out of 19 years that i've been wearing glasses I have never been treated in such form. He did not seem to care about me as a patient at all. I would give solid information about the way i've been feeling pertaining my eye sight and he would dismiss it with a silence response. It felt like he was forcefully helping me and did not care about my well being. I'm not sure if he's dealing with some personal issues but he should be able to set that aside when dealing with patients.
Would highly recommend Semel - every person I interacted with was professional, courteous and knowledgeable.
Dr Semel is very skilled and professional Ophthalmologist!
The assistant who did most of the exam was great! Jane Semel was kind of standoffish and didn't provide any extra insight.
The Office personal were great. the Doctor explained everything in a lay-man 's understanding of all the procedures. Go there you will feel good about the way they treat you.
While Alex was great, Jane was horrible. She was so slow and I had to wait over an hour in the room just to see her. I had to ask someone if she was going to come soon and they finally were able to get her to come in. I asked her if this wait time was normal and she said "no" in a really rude attitude. She didn't even apologize or try to make up for the all the time I wasted waiting for her. When she finally came in, she barely checked my eyes for 5 minutes. I've never been to an eye doctor that has such a horrible attitude, is so rude, and didn't even do her job to give me a proper eye exam. I'm going to tell all my friends and coworkers who are on the same insurance as me to never go to her.
Dr. Semel was very kind and seemed pretty thorough. (I just came in for a new contact lens prescription.)
Sloppy and flawed testing, requiring follow-up visit to correct measurements and reordering of glasses.
Jane and all of the doctors and assistants were great. Their office staff overcharged me for my contact fitting though as they didn't seem super familiar with the insurance. We'll see how they deal with it. After getting home, I found out my VSP insurance allows a max copay on contact fitting, which was less than what they charged me.
We got same day appointment for my son to see Dr. Semel yesterday. He had a pleasant experiece with Dr. Semel and her staff. Her staff is well trained, very friendly and made my son feel very comfortable. Highly recomend and I`m planning to go see her soon myself. Kudos to the front office staff for sorting things out for the mess I made and Alex for making my son laugh and still talking about it today.
Great staff as was Dr. Semel.
The quality of care was high, however, the appointment took about 1 1/2 hours which was much longer than expected.
I went to Dr. Semel for a routine eye exam. I was diagnosed with lattice degeneration in 2014, so I particularly wanted examined for that. First, I had a contact lens evaluation. I was impressed with the professionalism of the technician. He explained all of the procedures thoroughly. After my pupils were dilated, Dr. Semel checked the health of my retinas. Given my existing condition, I was disappointed that the exam was not more thorough. I visited an ophthalmologist last year, who made a drawing of my degeneration and thoroughly explained what lattice degeneration is and when to seek professional care. I think Dr. Semel's exam took 5-7 minutes, which made me feel less reassured. I think she is well-informed, but she didn't share the details of my conditions with me. For example, I asked, "what causes lattice degeneration?", and I got a few word response. I am interested to know these facts so I know the signs of what to look for with retinal detachment, which my previous ophthalmologist did tell me. Overall I thought the contact lens fitting was thorough but the exam itself was not as thorough as I thought it could be.
Who staff was amazing, professional and friendly.
Very friendly front office and technical staff. Modern equipment for management of glaucoma. Whole new patient appointment with imaging, etc. took only 1.5 hours. Only very minor gripe was that Dr. Semel did not introduce herself or exchange any minimal pleasantries when she came in the exam room. She seemed experienced and knowledgeable.
Very impressive efficient staff, and the Doctor was informative and pleasant. Very helpful
Staff was very professional and caring. Dr. Semel listened to me and was helpful towards my needs.
Everyone in the office that we encountered was professional and informative! Really appreciated their service and will be taking my kids in next.
She has been my eye doctor for a while now and I couldn't imagine going anywhere else. Very easy going and knowledgeable staff and appointments are always easy to get. The optometry department is also excellent.
She is the best! Her staff is so friendly also.
One of the best LASIK doctors in the area. Very knowledgeable and able and willing to explain everything to her patients. I couldn't be happier!
Such a pleasure! Was seen on time, had a thorough exam, and was not given the hard sell.
The office was much busier than I expected it to be. I wasn't called in until 10 minutes after my appointment time, and a different technician did my eye exam and glaucoma test. That process took about 35 minutes and it wasn't until afterwards that I saw Dr. Semel (with about a 7 minute wait in between). The actual appointment with Dr. Semel took all of 10 minutes. She answered some questions, checked the technician's work, and made a few other measurements of my eye and that was that. I was at the office close to an hour. Dr. Semel was very helpful and knowledgeable, but I would not come to her on a day I was in a rush or had a lot going on.
Staff was very respectful and supportive. Comfortable ambiance. All staff were professionals.
Very professional and knowledgeable staff, the new office makes you feel good about being there.
Very pleasant staff and great customer care!
Dr. Semel is excellent!
This is a great ophthalmologist's office for keeping your eyes healthy and getting new glasses or contacts. They have top of the line tech and really know how to use it so I'm always happy with the glasses and contacts I get. Now I'm considering Lazik and Dr. Semel seems like the right choice for it.
At my visit to Dr.Semel, I found the office personnel to be very professional and courteous and very very nice. I absolutely love my Alex, he will keep you laughing; we had so much fun. I absolutely love Dr. Semel she definetly knows her stuff. I would highly recommend Dr. Semel. Thank You to Dr. Semel and her wonderful and knowledgeable staff.
The office personnel were very helpful. The appointment took a long time but they were good about keeping things going. I chose my glasses before I was seen by the tech then went back to fit them and get them ordered before seeing the doctor. Waiting for the doctor was the longest part but she was very thorough and took the time to answer all questions.
Office was clean, staff was very helpful and professional, would recommend
Professional office environment coupled with a great group of people equals great service. Keep up the good work.
I wasn't given enough information about the diagnosis she gave and she was pretty dead pan, obviously intelligent but I would have preferred a more detailed description of what was actually wrong with me. I ended up going to another doctor for a 2nd opinion the very next day and although her diagnosis was correct, I preferred the other doctor.
Fantastic experience! No hidden fees, every employee was professional and friendly! Alex was knowledgable and went above and beyond addressing all my vision issues. Dr. Semel was great! Highly recommend! Will be bringing my whole family here from now on.
Really nice staff, great office, highly recommend!
FANTASTIC!!!! Dr. Semel is very down to Earth and easy to talk to. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommened her!!! and the staff is equally as nice!!!
Very nice office, good selection of frames, staff and doctor were super friendly and nice, speedy service, and all the equipment used was top of the line!
The staff was very friendly. I didn't see much in the way of frame selection but overall had a great experience.
There isn't anyone like Dr. Semel. She is the absolutely best at everything she does. She professional with a heart. Not an easy combo to find. I would highly recommend all of her services.
Everyone I interacted with was very nice and professional and they were able to answer all of my questions.
Excellent. Very professional.
Definitely one of the best! Considering making her my primary for eye care.
This is a big practice with several eye specialists. They're the first to correctly fit me for contacts and I plan to get lasik from them in the future.
As a new customer to this office, I did find this first visit very pleasant experience; Excellent customer service and High Professionalism. Thank you
Dr. Semel is a professional in both her field and in the way she treats patients. My contact options were explained very clearly and my appointment was very smooth.
I was very impressed with Dr. Semel and her staff. It took me a long time to find a new optometrist since moving to Los Angeles, and after my first visit, I immediately recommended her to my husband who is also looking for a new doctor. Dr. Semel made me feel like she had been my doctor for a long time, and is super pleasant. Thank you ZocDoc for helping me find the right doctor!
Staff was very confused and a bit unorganized. Paper work had to be re done while in office.
She has been my opthomologist for many years! She is the best, very well educated, professional, and a great "bedside manor". I will need some surgery soon and I wouldn't think of having another doctor do the surgery! She is the best!
She is a very sweet doctor. Thorough and very patient. Visit didnt feel rushed.
I thought that my visit was great!! I love the selection of frames.
I absolutely enjoyed my visit with Jane Semel's office, (besides the small mix-up with my appt). Staff were very friendly, and I really loved my experience with Romey (I believe was hee name) and Christie. Jane was nice, but the initial greet didn't feel as friendly as the other staf. Majority of my visit was spent with the other staff, which is why I kept the rating fairly high. I absolutely will recommend others and I will be returning. Romey was an absolute delight to work with, and Christy helped me pick out a great pair of frames and I'm excited to receive them!
Great staff, everyone very helpful and friendly.
Very patient with the patient...
She is very knowledgable and experienced in her field of expertise.
Great facilities, great staff, professional service.
Everything went well - she answered all my questions & will visit her again for other vision needs.
Dr. Semel is courteous, professional, and overall wonderful ophthalmologist. A little higher end and pricier, but its worth it. I just wish they had another case or two of glasses frames styles, with like a bargain bin too, lol. But I do very much like my new ray bans coming in regardless ^_^
Just an excellent experience
I have been a patient for several years and trust and like her very much!
The thing they care most about is whether you want to prescript lens there...the doctor and her staff were nice, but gave lit suggestion or comments on my eye irritation situation. I went there just because it's close to my office (3 mins walk).
Everyone was extremely helpful. Which meant even more since I was new to California.
It was a very pleasant experience. Everyone was kind and helpful.
We got the treatment we needed for my teenager's eye infection but I'm surprised that the Doctor didn't ask us about her make-up habits or advise her to discard her eye makeup until I specifically asked her about it. Without this information, her eye would have gotten reinfected. This seems rather basic! Additionally, I made the appointment online early in the morning and left a follow-up voicemail as soon as their office opened at 9:00 AM to confirm. Never heard back but we went to the office anyway. They didn't appear to have any record of it in their system when I arrived. Fortunately the office staff was very pleasant and accommodating but we did have to wait awhile before being seen.
Dr. Semel was very thorough and down to earth. She made me feel very comfortable so I was not afraid to ask her questions...and she was happy to answer them all.
Excellent facility, highly professional staff, and wonderful physician! Sincerely, -Frank Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., FISMRM, FACC, FACSM Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California Adjunct Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy School of Dentistry, University of Southern California Director for MRI Studies of Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems National Science Foundation, Engineering Research Center University of Southern California Institute for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Education, and Rs
Unlike going to my regular doctor or the dentist, I always look forward to my eye appointment.
Folks there were nice. Doctor was nice enough if a bit distant/perfunctory. Wait time was a bit on the high side. I did not expect to spend 2 hours for this exam. It took over 30 minutes past my appointment time before I was first seen even though I was there about 15 minutes early for paperwork, and then there was additional waits for the different steps (technician, first doctor, brief perusal of glasses, Dr Semel), so it was easily over an hour of waiting total. Not sure I'll go back, but there wasn't anything specifically wrong with them, it was just underwhelming.
Very Professional, glad to see a Doctor using your service for appointments.
Friendly office staff, great support technicians (all very knowledgable), and Dr. Semel was excellent as well.
Staff was awesome too. Very professional!
Everyone in the office was very nice and professional. I would recommend.
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