by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Spark Photography

Constant Community Involvement

When the Li family – David, Natalie, and their three children Madeline (“Maddy”), 11, Jonathan (“JJ”), 8, and Charlotte, 6 months – decided in 2005 to leave the hectic rat race of their Los Angeles lifestyle, they knew they wanted a pleasant area that was not too removed from cultural offerings. They found the perfect spot in Ivy Gate, 4S Ranch. Natalie commented, “We moved to San Diego for a little slower pace, but we still wanted to be near a big city.” David added, “We wanted to find a newer area that we could get involved in and grow with, and we feel so lucky and fortunate to have found 4S Ranch.”

family_li4With David being the owner of San Diego Orthodontic Specialists, and Natalie being the owner 4S Eyecare & Optometry, the parents are busy, but they still find time for community involvement. David is the founding member and past chair of the 4S Ranch-Del Sur Community Foundation, and he was the foundation president at Stone Ranch Elementary. He has also coached his son’s baseball team. Natalie constantly volunteers at her children’s schools as a room mom.

The Li children keep involved as well. Maddy is an avid swimmer and adores activities with her Girl Scout troop. JJ indulges in all sports, and especially excels in baseball. Charlotte, according to Natalie, “is our little surprise and blessing” who has made the family feel complete.

Though the Li family members can’t get enough of their incredible neighborhood, they still enjoy traveling to far-flung locales. David explained, “We want to expose our children to places and cultures that are different than the bubble we live in here in 4S Ranch.” As for Natalie, she makes frequent treks all over the country to run in marathons, and she’ll participate in her 28th marathon this October in Chicago.


Ultimately, the Li brood delights in simply hanging out together, including their Shih Tzu rescue dog, Bentley. Their dog was adopted two months before Natalie realized she was pregnant with Charlotte. Natalie happily proclaimed, “It has been a crazy whirlwind, but now we couldn’t imagine our lives without either one of our new additions!” David exclaimed, “We love just spending time with our family and the amazing friends we have made here.”

Parents: David & Natalie Li
Children: Madeline – 11, Jonathan – 8, Charlotte – 6 months
Community: Ivy Gate since 2015
Hometowns: David – Tarzana, CA; Natalie – La Mesa, CA
Occupations: David – Orthodontist; Natalie – Optometrist
Pet: Bentley – Shih Tzu
Favorite Places to Visit in 92127: Starbucks and Sushi on the Rock