Originally from North Providence, Janet graduated from St. Patrick's High School and then became a histotechnician graduating from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Histology. She went on to become a Registered Nurse, completing her Associates degree from the Community College of Rhode Island, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Salve Regina University - School of Nursing.
As an R.N., Janet worked as a medical, surgical and ICU nurse at the Providence VA Hospital. She then went on to serve as the Director of Nurses for TAC Medical Services, and also was a Professional Nursing Claims Reviewer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI .
In 1983, Janet met John on a blind date (set up by good family friends, and local dentist Dr. & Mrs. Paolucci), and married less than a year later in 1984. Mrs. Ricci continues to work part time at the dental office. Both Dr. John and Janet have two children, Christina and Eric, and four "grandpuppies", Baxter, Dash, Nando and Angel!