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Dr. Jane Semel, MD

Retina & Vitreous Surgeon, Ophthalmologist, Retina Specialist (Medical), Glaucoma Specialist

Professional statement

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.

In-network insurances

  • AARP
  • ACE
  • Aetna

Specialties

  • Ophthalmologist
  • Retina Specialist (Medical)
  • Retina & Vitreous Surgeon
  • Glaucoma Specialist

Practice names

Hospital affiliations

  • Centinela Hospital Medical Center
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Board certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Education and training

  • Medical School - University of Southern California, Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Southern California, Internship in Internal Medicine
  • White Memorial Medical Center, Residency in Ophthalmology
  • Claremont McKenna College (Bachelor's)
  • White Memorial Medical Center, Fellowship in Retina-Vitreous Disease

Professional memberships

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • American Society of Retina Specialists

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Languages spoken

  • English

Provider's gender

Female

NPI number

1083608004

Office locations

Semel Vision Care and Aesthetics

390 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Suite 1100

El Segundo, CA 90245

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Seen very quickly, treated in a friendly and professional manner. Recommend.
Less than 1 month ago
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Professional staff, solid service, validated my parking. I would go back to Dr. Semel again without question.
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Extremely professional and competent exam! Dr. Semel was nice as were all of her staff! Would highly recommend to others.
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Excellent doctor with warm, helpful support staff.
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Dr. Semel was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions regarding concerns I had about my eyes.
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Wonderful office! Wonderful professionals, already sent 2 co-workers in and they felt the same. Actually had fun while at the Dr. Who knew!
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It was thorough and comprehensive. I had asked to be evaluated for Lasik and she told me the honest truth about my eyes and age not being the best for surgery. She also offered referrals in case I want to geta second opinion. I respected her decision to be honest...
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Great service, great experience!
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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.
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All around very good. Impressed with the staff, prompt attention, and professionalism.
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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.
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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She is a wonderful doctor and her staff is excellent - very professional and very polite.
More than 1 year ago
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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 sucha long waiting time before the appointment began and in between being seen.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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It's a great office with awesome ppl working there. The lady who preps me for my doc visit is super nice and friendly.
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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 visitwas 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.
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Very friendly staff!
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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 forthe contact lenses sample and the little bottle of cleaning product! The staff explained the prices at all steps.
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Dr Semel was very nice and professional. I would definitely recommend her to others.
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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.
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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!
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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!
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Very pleasant and offered thorough explanations.
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Sloppy and flawed testing, requiring follow-up visit to correct measurements and reordering of glasses.
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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 notseem 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.
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Great staff, very helpful and engaging.
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Dr. Semel was very kind and seemed pretty thorough. (I just came in for a new contact lens prescription.)
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I am most definitely making she and her team my primary eye care!!
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Would highly recommend Semel - every person I interacted with was professional, courteous and knowledgeable.
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Dr Semel is very skilled and professional Ophthalmologist!
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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!
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The assistant who did most of the exam was great! Jane Semel was kind of standoffish and didn't provide any extra insight.
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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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 finallywere 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.
More than 1 year ago
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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 foundout my VSP insurance allows a max copay on contact fitting, which was less than what they charged me.
More than 1 year ago
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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 andI`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.
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Great staff as was Dr. Semel.
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Very professional
More than 1 year ago
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Everyone in the office that we encountered was professional and informative! Really appreciated their service and will be taking my kids in next.
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The quality of care was high, however, the appointment took about 1 1/2 hours which was much longer than expected.
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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 exchangeany minimal pleasantries when she came in the exam room. She seemed experienced and knowledgeable.
More than 1 year ago
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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.
More than 1 year ago
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Who staff was amazing, professional and friendly.
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Very impressive efficient staff, and the Doctor was informative and pleasant. Very helpful
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Staff was very professional and caring. Dr. Semel listened to me and was helpful towards my needs.
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