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Doctors & Staff

Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Ketchikan Eye Care Center the leading provider of vision care products and services in Ketchikan.


Erik D. Christianson, OD

Dr. Erik

Born in Missoula, Montana on December 4, 1959. Raised in Western Montana and graduated from high school in the town of Dillon in Southwest Montana. Completed undergraduate studies at Montana State University and Concordia College (Minnesota). Received Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1986. Practiced in Eagle River, Alaska as an associate with Eagle River Vision Center in 1986-87. Practiced in Point Barrow, Alaska from 1987-1990. Purchased the practice of E.L. Craig, O.D. and moved to Ketchikan in 1990. Dr. Christianson is the pathology and vision therapy expert at Ketchikan Eye Care Center. He also enjoys practice management, but is better at managing the people than the numbers. He is a good compliment to Dr. Swearingen’s numbers expertise.


Rick D. Swearingen, OD

Dr. Rick

Born in Jamestown, North Dakota on December 22, 1951. His family moved to Sitka, Alaska in 1953 and then to Juneau, Alaska in 1959 where he graduated from Juneau-Douglas high school in 1970. Dr. Swearingen then attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon from 1970 to 1976. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1974 and his Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1976. He began practice in Ketchikan with E.E. Smith, O.D. at the Ketchikan Vision Clinic in September of 1976. He purchased the Ketchikan Vision Clinic from E.E. Smith, O.D. in January 1985. Dr. Swearingen has an expertise in family optometry and practice management. He is particularly interested in eye care financial analysis and accounting.