meet our doctors erb

Dr. Maribeth A. Erb, O.D.

Dr. Maribeth Erb received her Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Houston College Of Optometry. Her Bachelor of Science in biology is from William Smith College in Geneva, New York. Dr Erb is very active in the optometry community and holds membership in the Beta Sigma Kappa honor fraternity, the American Optometric Association and the Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, where she was former district chair. She has proudly owned Optical Studio and has been in private practice in downtown Northampton for 25 years.

Favorite Interests: Nutrition and healthy cooking!

meet our doctors chute

Dr. Laurel Y. Chute, O.D.

Dr. Laurel Chute received her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometryin Boston MA. She then completed a residency in ocular disease through the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Vermont. Prior to practicing in Western Mass, she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Chemistry at the University of Arizona. Dr. Chute's has developed a clinical interest in fitting patient with keratoconus and other corneal irregularities with specialty contact lenses. She has also served in several trips to Central and South America through Vision Optometric Services for Humanity, providing eyecare to underserved populations.

Favorite Activities: Horseback riding and gardening!


Dr. Kathryn A. Recker, O.D.

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Recker, received her doctorate in optometry from the New England College of Optometry and her past clinical experiences included interships with community health centers and veterans affairs in the Boston area. She spent time in South America through a mission trip donating her services to underserved populations. Dr. Recker has relocated back to Western Massachusetts from California to join Optical Studio. She is professionally affliated with the American Optometric Association and the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Recker has a clinical interest in primary eye care and is bilingual in Spanish and English. 

Favorite Activities:  Dancing, yogas and walks in nature!

Convenient Location


274 Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 584-6616
Free onsite parking available

When We're Open

Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday By Appointment
Sunday Closed

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Patient Testimonials

I walked out of the office with answers, an ability to make an informed decision and an action plan to work towards eye health. The staff was incredidibly helpful AND understanding of my fears and concerns. I cannot thank them enough for helping me on a day where I had no spoons left to give!  
I recently had my 1st eye exam. Dr. Laurel Chute was wonderful! The entire office is beautiful. The opticians went above and beyond to explain my vision care insurance and helped me pick out a pair of glasses. I had a great 1st time experience and would strongly recommend them. I will be back next year.  
I couldn't be more pleased with the care I receive at Optical Studio. The optometrists are skilled and caring, the technicians are kind and efficient, the medical receptionists are helpful and the opticians make finding the best glasses really fun. If you are looking for a great place to take care of your eyes, this is it. 
I had an eye emergency- what turned out to be an infected corneal abrasion- and not only did Optical Studio get me in right away, everyone involved in my care was incredibly kind and helpful and they quickly address the problem.  

Latest News

25 Tips for Healthy Vision
May 8, 2018
Optical Studio is excited to be celebrating out 25th year in business providing excellent eye care and eyewear this year! In honor of this milestone we have 25 tips to keep your eyes healthy and your...
New Todd Rogers Eyewear
July 12, 2017
Thinking Independently - Since '69! As a local independent practice ourselves, Optical Studio loves to partner with other local businesses to bring our patients the best of what Massachusetts has to...
July 11, 2017
This month we introduce Michelle Molineaux, our newest licensed optician to join the Optical Studio team! Michelle is originally from Eastern Massachusetts being born and raised in Boston. She travel...
June 26, 2017
WE LOVE EYES, AND WE REALLY MEAN IT! Optical Studio is very excited to welcome a new product line into our practice, We Love Eyes. This product line includes an all-natural, irritant-free deep cleani...
New Eyewear Line - Etnia Barcelona
June 21, 2017
WE ARE COLOR.   WE ARE QUALITY.   WE ARE CULTURE. Since our completed renovation we were very excited to now have the space to bring in a new frame line to our extensive eyewear collection!...