Doctors & Staff
Meet the experienced and friendly doctors and staff who make Vision Source of Worcester the leading provider of vision care products and services in Worcester.
Dr. Brian S. Thamel
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.
Dr. Valarie A. Ricciardi
Dr. Valarie A. Ricciardi has been practicing for over 27 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.
Audrey enjoys helping patients select their eyewear and guide them with their optical choices. She strives to have the patient look their best with their new glasses.
Eli enjoys testing patients before the exam. As well as being a technician, she oversees the contact lens department and also assists in the Optical. Outside the office she enjoys raising her two young children.
Georgia has worked as a vision therapist for the past several years. She enjoys the daily interaction with the children helping them improve their visual skills. She has two children and enjoys cooking, the performing arts and spending time at the beach.
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.
Ledia works as a technician in the office preparing the patients to see the doctor. She also has knowledge of fabricating lenses for glasses. She enjoys both working with patients and making their glasses.
Peter is the man behind the scenes that helps fabricate your new glasses. We have state of the art equipment that allows us to provide the best quality lens for our patients.