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Meet Our Staff: Tracie

Tracie is our office manager and has been with the practice on a full-time basis for the past 5 years. But she truly has been involved with the practice for 30 yrs since its beginning. Her happy attitude and caring personality add to the positive environment in the office. She works hard at creating an environment that is enjoyable and fun for our patients, as well as our employees. She tells everyone that she has the best employees around, and works very hard at telling, and showing them on a regular basis.

She has 4 grown children and 4 granddaughters whom she loves spending time with, even if only by webcam! She married Dr. Hartman in 1978, and enjoys working with him to give our patients the best eyecare experience possible!


Meet Our Staff: Erica

Erica received her Dispensing Optician certification from the American Board of Opticianry in 1999. She has enjoyed working in the optometric industry for almost 18 years and has been part of Dr. Hartman’s team since February 2010 as an Insurance Coordinator and Optician. Erica loves the family practice atmosphere and takes pride in caring for her patients by focusing on each patient’s individual needs and making their visit fun and enjoyable.

Erica has two grown children and lives on a local inlet where she enjoys kayaking, gardening, cooking and spending time with her border collie, Mollie.

Meet Our Staff: Laura

Laura is the friendly voice you hear on the other side of the phone and the smiling face when you walk in the door. She is known as our Patient Coordinator. Laura has been in the optical field working as a receptionist since 2006 and a part of our team since July 2009. Her accommodating nature will assist you with scheduling appointments, checking your insurance benefits and helping with your general questions. With her upbeat and friendly attitude, she makes sure that all patients are happy and feel welcome in the office.

When Laura is not at the office she is enjoying her time with her fiancé and her two Chihuahuas. She is keeping busy by planning her summer wedding with family and friends.

Meet Our Staff: Sonja

Sonja has been an optician for five years. She is the newest member of our ‘family’ and has been with us since May 2011. Before becoming an optician she worked with insurances in New York. She loves the fashion side of optometry along with pinpointing the visual needs of each individual patient! She enjoys cooking (and sharing what she has created in her kitchen!) and spending time with her husband and nephew. Did we mention that she is also a dog lover? She speaks fluent Spanish.

We’re going to give this ‘blog-thing’ a try!

My name is Erick Hartman. As a middle-aged(?) optometrist, this whole blog thing is a bit uncomfortable. I am not totally at ease bragging about myself or my business!  I suspect it will get easier as time goes on, and since this whole social media thing is definitely the wave of the future, I better get on board now. I will start, but will be followed by the rest of my staff, and as time goes on we will all get a little more ‘clever’ in how we blog!  Look for pictures, video clips and other things as we get the hang of this!

I’ll begin by introducing myself and my practice. I graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in May 1980 (the same month Mt. St. Helens blew its top!).  I recieved additional training in Rehabilitative Optometry during a year-long residency at the American Lake Veterans Administration Medical Center just south of Tacoma, WA.  Three weeks after finishing my residency, I opened the doors of my brand new practice and saw my first patient in my very own private practice in my hometown of Tacoma, WA.  As they say, “The rest is history!”

After 30 years in private practice, I still love going to work each day! (I really don’t think of it as work!)  My wife, Tracie, is my office manager. Lina, Erica, Laura and Sonja round out the best staff in the world!  (I’ll let them introduce themselves in future blogs.)  We have fun together each day, as we strive to provide a level of customer service that can’t be beat! 

Find us by email, phone or street address at:, 253-566-2020, or at 6314 19th St W, #1, Tacoma, WA 98466.

We are proud of the comfortable, friendly atmosphere that we provide to have your eyes examined. Coming in to pick up new eyeglasses has been labeled a fun ‘ceremony’ by one of our young patients! Comfortable contact lenses in most prescriptions, by Acuvue, are our specialty! And if you or a loved one has less than ‘normal’ vision due to macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, congenital eye problems or other eye conditions, we can help you use your remaining vision through the application of the laws of optics that you may not yet have experienced! (I’ll write more about all these topics in future posts.)

I’ve probably way over done it for the first entry in my practice’s new blog! Stay tuned!