Dr. Leonard & Staff

Dr. Leonard

Dr. Elise Leonard was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from New York University and NYU School of Medicine. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine and a residency in Ophthalmology at Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center, where she was chief resident in Ophthalmology. She has been in practice in South Florida since 1982.

She is married to Dr. Arnold Semel, an optometrist in practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida. They have two daughters (Arin and Jessica, both physicians), two wonderful sons-in-law and five amazing grandchildren.

Dr. Leonard is very active in the community and is the founder and past president of Women Physicians of South Florida. She has served on the
board of directors of Women in Distress and Temple Beth Torah Sha’aray Tzedek.

Dr. Leonard has many diverse interests. She loves reading and is a member of two book clubs. She also enjoys needlepoint and cross-stitch, as well as crossword puzzles and games, especially word games, and is highly competitive. Dr. Leonard embraces a very active lifestyle, having completed two half-marathons, she also plays tennis and does spinning.
Dr. Leonard is also very adventurous. She has enjoyed parasailing, hot- air ballooning, heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies, paragliding in Switzerland, and, most recently, skydiving.

Dr. Elise Leonard

Professional Experience

Independent Contractor, Wayne F. Bizer, D.O., P.A.
October 1982 – October 1992
Solo Private Practice, November
1992 – 2002
Elise R. Leonard, M.D., LLC,
2002 – present


New York University, B.A., 1974
New York University School of Medicine, M.D., 1978
Internship: Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center 1978 – 1979
Residency: Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center 1979 – 1982


Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1979
Diplomate, American Board of Ophthalmology, 1985
Board Certified in Cataract and Implant Surgery
American Board of Eye Surgeons, 1995


Fellow, American Academy of Ophthalmology
Women Physicians of South Florida, Founder and Past President
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Florida Medical Association
Broward County Medical Association
American Medical Women’s Association
Women in Ophthalmology
Research to Prevent Blindness

Hospital Affiliations

Westside Regional Medical Center
Baptist Eye Surgery Center
Surgery Center at Coral Springs

Our Staff

Hollis Pernick, Office Manager

Hollis Pernick, Office Manager

Hollis has worked with Dr. Leonard for eight years as her office manager. She has two children; one is a college graduate and the other a grad school graduate. Hollis’ hobbies include cooking, watching baseball, spending time with her family and taking care of their new addition, Scarlet, a rescue dog.

Tammy Machado, Ophthalmic Technician

Tammy Machado, Ophthalmic Technician

Tammy has over 13 years of experience in the eye care field. She prides herself in treating all of our patients as though they are family, providing exceptional care to everyone who enters our office.
Divya Patel, Ophthalmic Technician

Divya Patel, Ophthalmic Technician

Judy Jackson, Front Desk Manager

Judy Jackson, Front Desk Manager

Judy is Dr. Leonard’s Front Desk Manager, and is a great team player. She studied at the School of Health Careers and earned a Medical Assistant as and Medical Office Assistant Certification in 2011. Judy is the mother of two beautiful girls, Siera and Mya. She feels it has been an honor to work for Dr. Leonard and her coworkers and that we truly have a loving staff. Judy’s greatest joy is seeing how happy we make patients. “The staff is here to help you see better and give all our patients the best eye care that we can.”

Paula Yerovi, Ophthalmic Assistant

Paula Yerovi, Surgical Coordinator, Ophthalmic Assistant

Paula has been with Dr. Leonard a little under a year but has several years of experience in the eye care field. She is here to help and assist Dr. Leonard and our patients with anything they need.