Dr. Gene Calkins grew up in San Pedro and attended San Pedro High School. He did undergraduate studies at Harbor and Whittier Colleges and received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from Southern California College of Optometry in 1968. After serving in the Air Force, he opened an office in San Pedro in 1977.
He has held the positions of President of the South Bay Optometric Society, Chairman of the Board of Vision West, Inc, and member of the California State Board of Optometry. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern California College of Optometry.
Dr. Calkins is a member of the American Optometric Association and California Optometric Association, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.
Dr. Calkins is TPA and CRT certified. In his spare time, Dr. Calkins enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.