Dr. Brian S. Thamel has been in practice for over 27 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.