Meet Dr. Richey
Dr. Richey’s road to finding medicine as a career was unconventional. She worked in the Student Affairs office as a tutor for students with disabilities/special needs while studying Fine Arts in College. It was a combination of curiosity about their diagnoses and a life drawing class which ultimately sparked her interest in medicine. She has a passion for the outdoors including hiking, camping, backpacking and understand how important it is for her patients to want to be active and walk without pain. This was what helped her choose podiatric surgery as a speciality and is the driving force in her quest to make patients better.
She graduated in 2009 at the top of her class in medical school at Midwestern University. She was then accepted into one of the country’s best surgical residency training programs for Surgical reconstruction and Trauma in San Francisco with Kaiser Permanente. She excelled as a resident and continued her career as an Attending surgeon in the Bay Area with Kaiser Permanente. Over the last 9 years she has enjoyed doing clinical research in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and has used her expertise to author many original articles in peer reviewed journals. She has even published chapters in several surgical textbooks!
Dr. Richey has a love for education and teaching. She feels like her success is a direct representation of the hardwork and dedication of her teachers and mentors and wanted to continue to give back to her community in the same way. She has trained residents, teaching them skills and techniques both in the clinic as well as in the operating room. She has also taught the students at the California School of Podiatric Medicine on the topics of pathomechanics, podopediatrics, biomechanics, surgery and trauma. She has also given lectures to other surgeons at Local and National Conferences.
Dr. Duggan has been Dr. Richey’s friend since medical school, so when she invited her to join her practice in Yuma, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to come and work with her friend!
With the birth of their 2nd child, she and her husband knew the timing was right to be closer to their family in the Phoenix area.
Dr. Richey’s philosophy for treating foot and ankle pain and deformity is rooted in identifying and addressing the underlying causes. “Treating only the symptoms without regard for the cause usually leads to frustration.” She has a particular interest in helping patients understand the mechanics of the foot, especially the impact that deformity and muscle imbalance have on the development of foot and ankle pain.
She is a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons and is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery; this is the highest certification available and only a small percentage of doctors achieve this level of certification! She specializes in treating adults and children for all foot and ankle problems and welcomes you to her practice! “It is a privilege to be involved in your care!”