The Legacy of Vista Del Mar...
Dr. H. E. Elson was born in Detroit, MI, but grew up in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He received his B.A. from the University of Western Ontario. In 1965, he received his M.D. degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Dr. Elson and his wife, Frances, moved back to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1965, where he completed his post graduate training including his internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Nephrology.
He has subsequently specialized in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Upon completing his post graduate training, he joined the United States Air Force and both he, Frances, and their daughter, Cheri, moved to Plattsburgh, New York Air Force Base where he was Chief of Medicine for two years.
Following his tour of duty with the United States Air Force, he and his family moved to Ventura, California in 1971, where he founded the first kidney dialysis unit in Ventura County. The practice has grown from a solo practitioner to the current group. Currently, he works as a privately practicing M.D., specializing primarily in Internal Medicine and diseases of the kidney. He has also served as the Medical Director for five dialysis units in Ventura County. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and a fellow in the American College of Physicians.
His interests in the past have included scuba and flying single engine aircraft, but at present his primary love and activities evolve around his wife Frances, daughter Cheri, and his two grandchildren, Jonathan and Tari.
After 43 years of dedicated practice, Dr. Elson retired on January 1, 2015. Dr. Elson now enjoys his time going to the theater, exploring a new passion for photography and traveling with his wife and spending time with his, daughter Cheri, and his two grandchildren, Jonathan and Tari.
Physician Emeritus, Dr. Frank Chieu joined Dr. Elson in 1976, having studied Internal Medicine at New York Medical College and Nephrology at Harbor UCLA .
His many contributions to enhancing the quality of medical care in Ventura County include prior service as Chair of St. John’s Hospital Department of Medicine, Medical Director of Intensive Care Units, member of the Board of Governors of the Ventura County Medical Society, and President of the Medical Staff of St. John’s Regional Medical Center ( during the very difficult task of moving the hospital to its current location).
UCLA has recognized Dr. Chieu as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. He has been listed in Best Doctors in the U.S.- Pacific Region, and Who’s Who in Medicine. When not traveling with his wife Barbara, he enjoys spending time with his daughters Melanie and Tiffany, tennis, tropical fish, and is a master of Chinese cuisine.
After 37 dedicated years of practice, Dr. Chieu retired in June 2013. Dr. Chieu's primary hobby in his retirement is exploring the world, one country at a time.
Physician Emeritus, Dr. Aron H. R. Swerdlin is a native of Breslau, Germany, his family emigrating in 1949 to New Jersey. After his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University in New Jersey, he received his Doctorate of Medicine at New Jersey College of Medicine in Newark.
Upon completing his Internal Medicine residency at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia, he did subspecialty training in Nephrology at Barnes Hospital, Washington University in St Louis , Missouri. Dr. Swerdlin then entered the United States Navy. His tour of duty took him to the Naval Regional Medical Center, San Diego, California where he served as Chairman of the Nephrology and Hypertension Division, as well as Director of the Dialysis Unit. He was privileged as a clinical instructor at the University of California School Of Medicine, San Diego.
Dr. Swerdlin is board certified in Nephrology and Internal Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, author and co-author of many scientific papers, and listed in Who’s Who in California. He joined the group in 1979, and together with his wife Bobbi, a retired elementary school teacher, enjoys reading, traveling, walking, biking and all the family activities offered in Ventura County.
His daughter Amy Swerdlin Frankel M.D., a graduate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is currently a board certified practicing dermatologist at Providence Health System in Portland, Oregon, where she resides with her husband Josh.
Dr. Swerdlin retired after 34 years of delivering optimal patient care in 2013. After the arrival of his second grand child, Dr. Swerdlin and his wife moved to Oregon mid 2015.