Dr. Van Elk is originally from Portage, Michigan. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Western Michigan University. He went on to receive clinical training at the Michigan College of Optometry where he achieved high distinction honors. Dr. Van Elk has completed several externships, including at Rosenbaum Eye and Laser Center, where he provided pre- and post-operative refractive and cataract surgical care. In addition, he served as an extern at Michigan State University – Department of Neurology/Ophthalmology where he received exposure to complex neuro-ophthalmic disorders. Most recently he completed a one year optometric residency in ocular disease at Specialty Eye Institute in Jackson/Lansing, Michigan.
He is a member of the American Optometric Association. He and his wife, Lindsay, have been happily married for 10 years. They have two children, James and Lillian.