Dr. Valarie A. Ricciardi has been practicing for over 33 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 and was the president in 2021. She is also on the Board of Trustees for the New England College of Optometry. 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.