Meet the Doctors & Team

Northern Valley Eye Care, Inc. is pleased to offer a wide range of optometric services, eye care products including eyeglasses, specialty eyewear, frames, and contact lenses. Our staff is happy to help however we can.

From your first contact with us to your appointment and your follow-up, we aim to make your eye care experience great. This is what drives us to provide you with the best care year after year!

Contact us any time to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.


  • Monday
  • 7:20am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday
  • 7:20am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday
  • 7:20am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday
  • 7:20am - 4:30pm
  • Friday
  • 7:20am - 12:00pm
  • Saturday
  • Closed
  • Sunday
  • Closed
Dr. Steven St. Marie

Dr. Steven St. Marie

Dr. St. Marie attended St. Michael’s College for his undergraduate training before earning his Doctorate of Optometry in 1994 from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (now named Salus University) in Philadelphia where he received citations of excellence in Pediatric Eye Care and Low Vision. That same year, he joined Dr. Walter Johnson and Dr. Carl Whitehouse at Optometric Associates in St. Albans, Vt. He also worked part-time at a satellite office in Rouses Point, NY for seven years.

In 2004, Dr. St. Marie acquired the practice from Dr. Whitehouse and changed its name to Northern Valley Eye Care. In 2015, Dr. St. Marie relocated the practice to its current and greatly expanded facility at 128 Fisher Pond Road.

Active in both community and professional organizations, he is the past President of the St. Albans Rotary Club and the Vermont Optometric Association.

Dr. St. Marie is married to Tami and they have two children.

Dr. Karl Cunningham

Dr. Karl Cunningham

Dr. Karl Cunningham joined the team at Northern Valley Eye Care in June of 2017. Originally from Lyme, New Hampshire, Dr. Cunningham attended the University of West Florida in Pensacola with a focus on biology. After undergraduate, he attended the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University in Philadelphia. During the course of his professional education he took part in various extracurricular efforts including leading the school’s Lion’s Club chapter, acting as club president. He also volunteered efforts with the Students in Optometric Services to Humanity, where he and 25 other students spent a week in northern Haiti offering free eye care services to those in need. As part of his internship experiences, Dr. Cunningham spent time working with doctors at the White River Veteran’s Affairs Hospital and at the United States Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. During his free time Dr. Cunningham enjoys traveling and outdoor sports such as camping, hiking, and snowboarding. He is also a student of Goju Karate, in which he holds a second degree black belt.

Our staff consists of a team of 10 professionals that assist our Doctors and patients everyday in all areas of our office. We have the highest number of registered certified technicians of all optometric practices in Vermont. Four members of our team have earned their credentials as Certified Paraoptometrics and throughout the year take continuing education classes to keep these credentials current. We have staff that is specialized in scheduling, insurance & billing, frames & lens styles, contact lenses, and special eye health testing to provide our patients with the best possible care and service. Two of our Certified Paraoptometric Assistants have completed additional training in fitting Synergeyes Hybrid Contact Lenses and DreamLens Vision Shaping Treatment Lenses.

We want to express our appreciation to all of you for your patience with us during this crazy time.  We have remained open to see urgent and emergent patients and are slowly beginning to increase the number of patients we see per week.  We have staggered schedules to only have one doctor and their required support staff in the office.  We have staggered patient times such that only one patient is seen at a time.  As such, we must still prioritize those with the greatest need for our services since we are seeing only a fraction of our customary number of patients.  Please understand that you are all very important to us and we look forward to seeing you as soon as practically possible.
We are still offering telemedicine for urgent needs that can be managed outside of the office.

If you come into our office for an appointment, this is what you can expect…
You will receive a phone call from us before the day of your appointment to go over your recent history and other pertinent information to facilitate your time with the doctor during the exam.  If we are unable to have this conversation, your appointment will need to be rescheduled.

Please park near the front entrance (west facing) when you arrive and call our number (524-9561) to announce your arrival.  Our doors are locked to limit the number of patients in the office at any one time.  One of our staff members will review a COVID risk questionnaire with you and take your temperature prior to your entering our office.  We require that you wear a clean mask to your appointment. If you require support or assistance or are under the age of 18, you may have one person accompany you (provided they pass the COVID questionnaire as well).  In an effort to reduce the number of potential contamination points, please leave any unnecessary items in your vehicle (hats, cell phones, etc.).  Nonessential visitors that accompany patients will be required to stay in their vehicle.

Our frame gallery is open on an appointment basis only.  The same precautions shall apply.  All frames are sterilized following handling.

Patients, parents and essential care providers with a temperature of 100.4 or higher or answer yes to any of the COVID-19 questions will not be allowed entry into the office.  If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Everyone’s health and wellness are our number one priority.  We are following the CDC and the AOA’s recommendations regarding COVID-19.  As guidelines change in the upcoming months, we will adapt accordingly.

Thank you very much for entrusting us with your care during this unprecedented time.