Dr. John Demshar has recently retired from Brookside Optometric Group. He began his practice in Stockton in 1979 after earning his Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. In 1981, he founded Valley Optometric Group where he practiced with Dr. Richard Vanover until 1997. At that time, Dr. Demshar along with six other Doctors formed Brookside Optometric Group by merging three independent optometric practices. From 1981 to 1987 he taught in the Contact Lens Clinic at UC Berkeley where he attained the level of Assistant Clinical Professor.
Dr. Demshar travels extensively around the world doing humanitarian vision clinics for the world’s underprivileged. In 1991 he became a member of the Flying Samaritans, making 2 trips annually to provide eye care in Baja. In 2000 he became a member of Lions In Sight, making 4 to 6 clinic trips annually. He is currently the Clinical Director for Lions In Sight and serves on its Board of Directors. Through 2017 he has participated in 113 clinical missions in 13 different countries and he has been the lead doctor in 75% of these trips. Since 1992 he has volunteered at the St. Mary’s Homeless Shelter Medical Clinic providing vision services and eyeglasses to Stockton's underprivileged. In 2016 Dr. Demshar began volunteering with the Mother Lode Chapter of the Flying Samaritans who travel to San Quintin, Baja.
"I consider myself very fortunate to be part of a profession that enables me to give back so much not only to my community but also to the world community. This is what I enjoy doing when I'm not seeing patients in our office. Doing this type of work makes it possible for me to be so enthusiastic about what we have here at Brookside Optometric Group," he says.
Dr. Demshar has been married to his wife, Debbie, for over 30 years and they have 3 grown children. He is enjoying his retirement, and will always be here with us in spirit.