E. Trevor Elmquist, DO

E. Trevor Elmquist, D.O.Board Certified Ophthalmologist

“With excitement and a little sadness, I am announcing my retirement from the Elmquist Eye Group. Kate Wagner and I have built a practice of which we are incredibly proud, and while I’ve worked with many wonderful physicians over the years, I’m excited to leave the practice in the extraordinary hands of Yasaira Rodriquez, MD, Kate Wagner, OD and Nina Burt, OD to carry the Elmquist legacy forward.”

Dr. Elmquist announced his retirement 30 years after founding Elmquist Eye Group, and after almost 40 years of ophthalmology practice that began in the Air Force and at Walter Reed Medical center. The practice will continue to see those seeking comprehensive eye care in both Ft. Myers and Cape Coral. Read on to learn about Dr. Elmquist’s ophthalmology career, or use the form on this page to schedule an evaluation with one our skilled doctors.


Dr. Trevor Elmquist earned his Bachelors  in Microbiology at University of South Florida in 1974. This is also where he met his wife, Carol, whom he married the year of their graduation.

Prior to Medical School, Dr. Elmquist completed a Masters in Veterinary Microbiology at the University of Florida in 1977.

Dr. Elmquist received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1981. During medical school he and Carol welcomed their children, Eric and Summer.

Dr. Elmquist joined the Air Force as an active duty captain where he was a flight surgeon caring for pilots and their families. His duties also flying in the backseat position in F16s.

It was during his time in the Air Force that realized his passion for Ophthalmology. This passion led him to become Chief Resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Following Walter Reed, he was Chief of the Eye Clinic at Homestead Air Force Base. After separating from active duty, he joined an Ophthalmology practice in Cape Coral, Florida.

In 1992 Dr. Elmquist founded Elmquist Eye Group. While providing medical surgical expertise to his growing practice, he earned an MBA from Florida Gulf Coast University in the year 2000.

In addition to the contributions he has made to the medical community throughout his career, Dr. Elmquist also contributed to the education of medical students as an Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University. Elmquist Eye Group continues to provide resident training to the Family Practice residents of the FSU-Lee Health Family Practice Program in Lee County, Florida.

Dr. Elmquist is honored that his peers chose him to be a recipient of the Castle Connolly Top Doctor award annually from 2011 to 2021. He also served on the Board of Governors for the Lee County Medical Society. His humanitarian mission trips have included Guatemala, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Articles authored by Dr. Elmquist have appeared in Ophthalmology Management Magazine:
1) Scribes: Vital Members of the Efficient Ophthalmic Practice. March 2017
2) Partners in Eye Care, Partners in Business: A Business Partnership with an OD May Make Excellent Sense for Your Practice and Patients. September 2017


  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Lee County Osteopathic Medical Society
  • Lee County Medical Society


  • American Board of Ophthalmology, 1990
  • American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology, 1991


  • Certified Ophthalmic Executive/COE, 2008



Military Service

Chief Resident, Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Dr. Trevor E. Elmquist | Air Force Flight Surgeon

As a veteran owned and operated business, we honor the sacrifices and service of our veterans daily. Dr. E. Trevor Elmquist served as an ophthalmology resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1985 -1988. He was selected as Chief Resident at Walter Reed and served in this capacity from 1987 – 1988. Dr. Elmquist was the Chief of the eye clinic at Homestead Air Force base from 1988 – 1990.