Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Vision Source of Spencer the leading provider of vision care products and services in Spencer.
Brian S. Thamel, OD
Dr. Brian S. Thamel has been in practice for over 25 years graduating with honors from the New England College of Optometry in 1988. He is an honors graduate from Clark University in 1984. He practiced with his father, Dr. Theodore Thamel, until he retired and currently practices with his wife, Dr. Valarie A. Ricciardi. They have two office locations: Worcester and Spencer. Dr. Thamel is a member of the American Optometric Association, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists of which he was president in 2001-2002, Optometric Extension Program, and the College of Vision Development. Dr. Thamel specializes in children’s vision and learning related vision problems. His office provides vision therapy to treat children and adults with vision problems. Both Drs. Thamel and Ricciardi received the 2007 Health Care Heroes award by the Worcester Business Journal. He is currently a consultant at Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital. He has volunteered at the Worcester Free Evening Eye Clinic. He is also the administrator for central Massachusetts Vision Source with his wife. They recently were awarded Administrators of the year for the Northeast.
Valarie A. Ricciardi, OD
Dr. Valarie A. Ricciardi has been practicing for over 25 years graduating from the New England College of Optometry in 1988. She is a graduate from Assumption College in 1984. She is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists of which she was the secretary for several years. She practices in two locations, Spencer and Worcester, with her husband Dr. Brian Thamel. She provides primary eye care for all ages, including contact lenses and laser vision consultations. Both Drs. Thamel and Ricciardi received the 2007 Health Care Heroes award by the Worcester Business Journal. She is currently administrator of central Massachusetts Vision Source with her husband. They recently were awarded the Administrators of the Year for the Northeast.
April is our Front Desk Receptionist and makes sure that the office runs smoothly. She has been with Vision Source of Spencer for almost 2 years and can answer any questions you may have or direct you to a co-worker who can.
April grew up in Spencer and still resides here today with her three children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
Kate has been working at Vision Source as our optometric technician since September 2012. Along side of being an optometric technician Kate is also a certified EMT and has been for many years working in local towns including the city of Worcester. Born and raised in Brookfield, a graduate of Tantasqua High School, Kate and her husband now reside in their recently bought home together in Southbridge. She enjoys her beloved Siberian Husky and weekends spent disc golfing with friends.
Karen joined our team working in the optical. She comes with experience helping patients find the right style and ordering glasses making sure you get the best optical features available.
Emily has been part of our practice for over 10 years. She brings much experience in the Optical department along with providing vision therapy in our Worcester location.
Heather has been with our practice for many years helping at the front desk along with our medical billing. She gathers and processes the insurance claims for the practice.