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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!

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Dr. Laurel Y. Chute, O.D.

Dr. Laurel Chute received her Doctorate of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in 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!


Dr. Bobbie Jo Casey, O.D.

Dr. Casey received her Doctorate of Optometry with high distinction from the Michigan College of Optometry. During her residency in ocular disease and primary eye care she treated patients with diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Dr. Casey's primary clinical interest is pediatric eye care and medical optometry.  

Favorite Activities:  Gardening and hiking!

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

From the moment I walked in the door I felt completely welcome! All the staff members were extremely friendly and helpful!  
Excellent! All of the staff was very helpful and answered all of my questions and concerns.  
The Optical Studio has provided me excellent, professional service and warm support through 25 yearsof getting glasses, bifocals, contacts a branch retinal vein occlusion (which they found) and on going competent and friendly service through aging! I can't imagine a better eye-care provider! 
Dr. Chute is wonderful! Optical Studio got me in right away when I had an emergency eye issue I was dealing with and she was so reassuring, professional and kind. I felt so incredibly well cared for by her. I now see her for my annual eye exam and she's very thorough; she also has a very calming presence. 

Latest News

Optometry Team Grows
October 31, 2018
Dr. Erb is pleased to welcome optometrists Dr. Kathryn Recker and Dr. Bobbie Jo Casey to our Optometry Team. We thank our loyal patients whose support allowed us to expand our facility and bring these...
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...