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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctor and staff who make Door County Eye Associates the leading provider of vision care products and services in Sturgeon Bay.


Dr. J. Eric Paulsen

Dr. J. Eric Paulsen was born and raised in Door County, and graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1974. He graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Chemistry in 1978. Dr. Paulsen received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1982. After graduation, Dr. Paulsen joined Dr. C.L. Pfarr and purchased Dr. Pfarr’s practice in 1984.

Dr. Paulsen’s professional interests include treatment and management of eye disease, emergency eye care for injuries and infections. Specialty contact lens fitting and cataract and LASIK co-management. Dr. Paulsen has participated in numerous eye missions all around the world and particularly finds this type of eye care to be enjoyable and meaningful.

Dr. Paulsen is married to his wife Dee and they have two grown children. His personal interests include spending time with his family, golf, gourmet cooking and community volunteering. He is the past President of the Wisconsin Optometric Association, Past President of the Northeast Wisconsin Optometric Society, a member of the Wisconsin Optometric Association and the American Optometric Association.  Doctor Paulsen was honored to be presented with the Wisconsin Optometrist of the Year Award for 2009.


Dr. Annika Paulsen

Dr. Annika Paulsen was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay. She attended Knox College where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Economics. Dr. Paulsen received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry. She has worked intermittently with her father at Door County Eye Associates since the age of 12 and finally joined him as an associate optometrist in 2019.
Dr. Paulsen’s professional interests include pediatric and binocular vision, managing eye disease and contact lenses. Dr. Paulsen loves spending time with Special Olympics athletes and has had the honor of serving the athletes at vision screenings in Chicago and Wisconsin. She has also traveled with her father on several eye missions to Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Paulsen lives with her husband, Bobby, and their golden doodle, Mika. She enjoys cooking new recipes, spending time outdoors with her husband and dogs, international travel, and cross country skiing.