Our Team

  • Dr. Eric Nilsen, O.D.Optometrist

    Dr. Nilsen, a native of New York, graduated from S.U.N.Y. Albany with a Bachelor of Arts in biology, minoring in psychology. He earned his Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston in 1997. He moved to the Greater Richmond area in search of warmer weather and a friendly community.

    He quickly made Chesterfield County his home, founding Nilsen Eye Care in 1998. Since then he has been growing his practice around a commitment to core values such as constant improvement, positive and teamwork. Personalized, friendly and attentiveness have become hallmarks of Dr. Nilsen’s patient care, earning him a reputation as one of Richmond’s top optometrists.

    Dr. Nilsen will be the first to admit that it takes a team of professionals to deliver the above-and-beyond service his patients enjoy. One of the most rewarding aspects of his practice has been building a top-notch team that operates like a family. He is particularly proud of the preventive care model that he and his team have built over the years. Educating his patients throughout the process, whole health rather than just eye health is integrated into your experience at Nilsen Eye Care.

    Dr. Nilsen considers himself very fortunate to be surrounded with so many good people and friends. Finding balance and the ability to live a truly purposeful life is a lifelong goal and continuous work in progress for him. As far as hobbies go, Dr. Nilsen certainly takes the go big or go home approach. He is a huge animal lover, volunteers with Big Brother/ Big Sister and has a passion for performance driving, having built two road course race cars and completed a Skip Barber Racing School. He also has competed in 24-hour endurance racing with his equally passionate "car addicted" friends.

    KelleyPractice Coordinator

    Kelley keeps us organized. As practice coordinator, she makes sure all the areas of the practice work together so that our patients get the best care and have the best experience. A native of Chesterfield County, Kelley moved away for 10 years and then decided there was no place better than Richmond to call home. She joined the team in 2011 and works every day to take care of our patients—and have fun, too!

     

  • Dr. Alexandra Nilsen, O.D.Optometrist

    Formerly Dr. Alexandra Cavin, Dr. Nilsen is a native of New Jersey. She attended Ramapo College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and minored in Spanish. She earned her Doctor of Optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in Philadelphia in 1997 and completed her post-graduate residency at the Hampton Veterans Hospital here in Virginia.

    Her residency provided extensive training in the diagnosis, management and treatment of eye disease, as well as the opportunity to lecture and teach other optometrists in the community. Dr. Nilsen is known for her compassionate way with patients and thoroughness in eye care. She will take the time to talk with you about your visual needs, and whether it’s one-day contacts for the part-time wearer or distance glasses for the avid golfer, she will help you find the right solution for your eye care needs.

    AliciaFront Office Coordinator

    Alicia has described our front office as Grand Central Station, which means her role is to make sure all the trains run on time. She works hard to ensure the interactions between administration, employees and patients are as smooth as possible. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, she moved to Chesterfield at the age of nine. After studying at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, she returned to Richmond to explore her opportunities and found her way to Nilsen Eye Care in 2012.

     

  • Dr. Craig Perry, O.D.Optometrist

    Dr. Perry joined Nilsen Eye Care in 2002. A native of Ohio, he has a Bachelor of Science in zoology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Ohio State University. He earned his Doctor of Optometry at the University of Missouri, St. Louis College of Optometry. After completing his education, Dr. Perry has established a diverse background, having worked in private practices, geriatric optometry and laser vision correction facilities.

    He has conducted research and published a number of scholarly articles in optometric journals. Combined with his range of experience, his scholarly learnings have made him a huge asset to Nilsen Eye Care. Dr. Perry is our dry eye treatment specialist and conducts many of our diagnostic medical eye exams.

     

    KimberlyFront Desk Ambassador

    Kimberly understands the importance of a welcoming smile as the first step for a great patient visit. She joined the practice in 2015 and loves the friendly atmosphere. As a member of our front desk team, she strives to keep it that way, whether it’s greeting patients when they arrive or helping coordinate appointments, check insurance benefits or ordering contacts. A Richmond native, she has a psychology degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (Go Rams!).

     

  • CharleyFront Desk Ambassador

    Charley wants to be sure she is the first smiling face our patients see when they walk into our practice. She believes Nilsen Eye Care is unique for its positive energy and air of camaraderie—and she wants to be sure patients feel it too, whether they are here in person for an appointment or calling with a question. Born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia, she relocated to Midlothian, where she has enjoyed raising her family and establishing great friendships over the years.

     

    KatieOptical Team

    With a degree in fashion merchandising, Katie enjoys offering her thoughtful eye to help patients choose frames and lenses that best fit their look and lifestyle. She joined the practice in 2015, and in her role she endeavors to make each patient feel cared for, offering adjustments, repairs and recommendations to keep them looking fashion-forward. A lifelong resident of Chesterfield County, she loves Richmond’s rich history and cultural diversity.

     

  • BrookeOptician

    Brooke has been doing all things glasses at Nilsen Eye Care since 2013. She loves working with patients to help them pick out the best frame and lenses so they have the right style while looking out at the world. A native of Greater Richmond, she loves the region for its history, culture and restaurants, as well as its proximity to the mountains and the beach. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, sketching and Crossfit.

     

    PattiOptician

    As an optician with Nilsen Eye Care, Patti knows eyewear, and works to make sure fashion meets function. She joined the practice in 2016, bringing more than a decade of optical experience, and she loves the way our doctors and staff truly care about our patients and each other. Outside the office, this Tidewater native enjoys Richmond’s mix of vibrant activities and relaxing scenery. Picture Coming Soon.

     

  • BobbieOptician

    As a state-licensed optician with Nilsen Eye Care since 2016, Bobbie “sees” what needs to be done. She was drawn to the practice for its caring and friendly atmosphere, and when she works with patients on their optical needs, she takes the time to make sure patients look their best. In her free time, Bobbie enjoys going to the movies and skating.

    MichelleOptometric Technician

    Michelle loves to explore new places with friends, and she brings this spirit of fun and adventure to the practice. Michelle brings patients to the exam room for preliminary testing—while keeping the process efficient and answering any initial questions the patient may have. A Maryland native, she finds Richmond at large is much like Nilsen Eye Care: a caring, family-friendly community.

     

  • DeniseOptometric Technician

    Denise has worked in eye care for many years, and is a certified optometric technician with an AAS degree in administrative office technology. She moved to Richmond to become closer to her family, and is pleased to have found a professional family with Nilsen Eye Care, joining the practice in 2016. She loves the way she is able to get to know our patients as people, not numbers, and looks forward to seeing you soon.

  • MattOptometric Technician

    Matt is a technical-minded technician currently studying for his bachelor’s degree in software engineering (to complement his degree in biology). With this thirst for understanding and solutions, Matt has been pre-testing patients and outfitting them with contacts since joining Nilsen Eye Care in 2016. Off the job, he is a thrill seeker who enjoys bungee jumping.

  • DavidOptometric Technician

    If you ask David, he will tell you Nilsen Eye Care is built on customer service. He loves the office’s positive, team-oriented culture, and as a technician, he works to bring this upbeat spirit to our patients. Born and raised in Richmond, David has tried living elsewhere more than once but found he just couldn’t stay away from his home community. He is particularly fond of RVA’s music scene and has been a drummer in various bands for more than 20 years.

  • GraceOptometric Technician

    Grace has been with Nilsen Eye Care since 2014. As a technician, she understands how eye heath is related to overall health, and she plays a critical role in taking care of our patients before, during and after their visit. She pre-tests patients, collects their medical history, assists the doctor and performs contact fittings to ensure our patients get just the right (comfortable) fit.

     

  • CaraOptometric Technician

    Although she’s not a native, Cara loves Richmond for its beauty, history and wealth of things to do—but most of all, she loves being close to her family, which brought her to our community in 2005. She joined Nilsen Eye Care as an optometric technician in 2016, and she brings her enthusiasm and family-first philosophy to work every day. She strives to bring the best possible care to our patients.

  • JenniferBilling Support

    Just like a dancer needs good shoes, an eye care practice needs someone on top of insurance processing and billing support. Jennifer fills this role with aplomb, assisting with processing both medical and vision insurance and conducting financial reviews on outstanding balances. Outside of her role at Nilsen Eye Care, she is pursuing her bachelor’s in music, and she has a passion for musical theater, singing and tap dancing.

     

When was your last eye exam?

Your eye health plays a critical role in your overall health. It’s no exaggeration to say that an eye exam could save your life—and the sooner you establish your medical baseline, the better off you’ll be. We work with most insurance plans (medical and vision), so contact us today to schedule your next appointment.