Dr. Susan Elizondo was born and raised just southeast of Houston. Growing up she loved to read and is still a bookworm to this day. When not seeing patients, you’ll often find her head in a book, though now instead of sci-fi, the books are usually on nutrition and health. Dr. Elizondo graduated 6th in her class in high school and went to Texas A&M University on scholarship where she earned a Bachelors in Genetics. During undergrad Dr. Elizondo was introduced to one of the loves of her life… Lindy Hop. After undergrad Dr. Elizondo relocated to Rochester, New York and earned a Master of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During this time, she developed a love of traveling and after graduate school Dr. Elizondo spent 4 months living in South America teaching English in the local schools and learning Spanish.
After returning to the United States she attended optometry school in New York City at SUNY College of Optometry spending one externship abroad in China. After graduation Dr. Elizondo decided to return home to Texas to be closer to family. Here she became active in her local optometric society (Central Texas Optometric Society) and has served 4 years and held every office: Social Chair, Treasurer, Vice President, and President.
Ever learning and improving Dr. Elizondo ventured into the world of business ownership with the purchase of Westlake Hills Vision Center as of February 1, 2019!
Buying a practice is a huge change on the career side of things. Dr. Elizondo loves solving patients visual needs and seeing the immediate impact on their lives. One of her favorite things about being an optometrist is the interaction with patients….And of course seeing patients light up when they pick up their new glasses.
In March of 2022 her practice won Practice of the Year from and international optical organization. This was one of the highlights of her year. It’s nice for hardwork to be recognized.
We recently brought in new technology to the office for dry eye treatment and one of the things she has loved is the research rabbit hole in finding out how and why these technologies work. Dr. Elizondo herself has suffered from dry eye and never an adequate solution. She loves to solve problems and get to the how and why, which is one reason she is so excited about the IPL and RF technology in the office now.
This year Dr. Elizondo was chosen to be a leader in her optometry group IDOC and recently taken a position of IDOC Member Director. She will still be in the office but is excited at her leadership position in a national optometric organization.
On the personal side of things, Dr. Elizondo married her swing dancing hubby in March of 2018 and in 2019 bought her first house off of 360 to be closer to the practice! She has a beautiful baby boy that is almost 3years old and keeps her busy when she’s not in the office.
*Our family was lucky enough to have a photo shoot done with Time Knot Forgotten Photography for the Neighbors of Westlake Magazine. Take a peek below. We were featured in the March 2022 issue!