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.