Meet our Doctor

Benjamin Gootee, O.D.

Born and raised in Indiana, Dr. Ben fondly remembers time spent hiking and camping in Brown County as a child. He attended Purdue University for his undergraduate degree and earned his Doctor of Optometry degree in 2016 from Indiana University School of Optometry.

He practiced in a large medical optometry practice in Tennessee after graduation, giving him valuable experience managing glaucoma, macular degeneration, and dry eye disease. When he decided he wanted to move home to Indiana, he was fortunate to find Dr. Pickel’s practice. He is grateful for the opportunity to continue Dr. Pickel’s legacy of care, compassion, and service.

Dr. Ben enjoys spending time hiking with his wife, Kelsey, son, Lucas, and dog, Forrest, and playing guitar. His favorite day of the week is Friday, when he gets to wear Hawaiian shirts to the office.