Dr. Joseph Raczek grew up in Dunkirk, NY, a small city on Lake Erie near Buffalo. He attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he completed his undergraduate work and earned his O.D. degree in 1980. He served as Chief of Optometric Services at Hanscom Air Force Base in Lexington, MA from June 1980 until December 1984. He then became Chief of Optometric Services at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea in 1984, and Dover AFB in Dover, DE, from January 1985 until February 1986.
After leaving the Air Force in early 1986, Dr. Raczek moved to New Hampshire and bought a small optical business after working in it for a few months. After 18 years at the same location (180 Elm Street) Dr. Raczek moved the practice to it’s present location in an old federal style building at 380 Nashua Street.
Dr. Raczek and his wife Tina (Maynard) are proud parents of a daughter, Paige, who was born on April 8, 2011. They reside in Amherst, NH.
Dr. Raczek is licensed both in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He is a 29 year member of the New Hampshire Optometric Association and has served on its board of directors and chaired numerous committees. He was the president of the NHOA in 2011 and currently serves as its Third Party Committee chairman. He is an active participant with VOSH (Volunteer Optometric Services for Humanity) and has participated in seven missions to provide eye care in developing countries, including trips to Nicaragua each year from 2005 to 2009. He is also a long-time member of the Milford Rotary Club and served as president from 2001-02. Dr. Raczek has received numerous awards including the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Leader of the Year in 2006 and the NHOA Optometrist of the Year in 2008. He was also named a fellow of the Lions Eye Foundation in 2009 for his work with the State of New Hampshire Medicaid system.