In 1989 Rich graduated from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, with a Bachelor’s in Nursing. After graduation he became a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service. He was subsequently deployed to provide nursing care to federal prison inmates in Rochester, MN, and also to Alaska Natives in Kotzebue, Alaska. While working in the small rural hospital above the Arctic Circle in Northwestern Alaska, that Rich discovered his passion for the nurse practitioner role. Due to the isolation of the hospital in rural Alaska, he was required to work in several different nursing roles (pediatric nurse, ER nurse, medevac nurse, med-surgical and obstetrical nurse. Rich enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of New Mexico, graduating in 1998 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.
Rich believes the most important skill of a family nurse practitioner is to be an excellent listener which helps to facilitate the development of the FNP and patient relationship which is the heart of Primary Care.
Rich brings a lot of experience in family practice medicine such as chronic conditions management including diabetes high blood pressure asthma.
Rich is an engaging and enthusiastic primary care provider seeing children, adults and elders.