Dr. Richey obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering with Chemistry minor and Biomedical Engineering option from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 1981. Then, she obtained her MS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 1983.
After working in the pharmaceutical industry with Bristol Myers and Adria Laboratories as a Process Engineer and Production Manager for 7 years, she decided to pursue a medical career since she had a heart for health.
Dr. Richey earned her MD degree at The Ohio State University in 1995 and completed a Family Practice residency program at Mount Carmel Health in Columbus, Ohio in 1998. Also, she earned her Master Herbalist degree in 2003 and her ND degree in 2004 both from Trinity School of Natural Health.
She was employed as a Family Practice physician from 1998 through 2005 when she closed her traditional medical practice due to her and her family’s health concerns which were later diagnosed as chronic Lyme disease with associated co-infections and biotoxin illness. Her three children were also previously diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, non-verbal learning disability (NVLD), and PDD-NOS, respectively, all most likely induced by congenital Lyme disease.
Dr. Richey opened a health store called The Healthy Path in 2001 which later included naturopathic consultations starting in 2005, and then integrative medicine appointments with an emphasis in chronic Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections and other chronic infectious diseases starting in 2008. In addition, she has participated in a medical mission trip in Mexico.
Through the Physician Training Program by ILADS and Turn the Corner, she was trained by Dr. Richard Horowitz and Dr. Ann Corson. In addition, she is a member of the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS). She became Board Certified in Integrative Medicine and was awarded Fellow status in the American Association of Integrative Medicine (FAAIM). She uses a functional medicine approach when treating patients.
She has homeschooled her three children from 2004 through 2015. Homeschooling has been a blessing for her and her family. Also, she has been immersed in her children’s activities: select soccer, ballet, scouting, horse, dog, 4-H, and theater. Dr. Richey has volunteered as a homeschool group leader, 4-H club head advisor, 4-H PetPALS master volunteer, soccer team administrator, horse team administrator, and American Heritage Girl scouting adult leader (VP, treasurer, unit leader).
In addition, she has owned and bred alpacas which were boarded at a neighboring farm. She has also raised backyard chickens. Now, four cats, two dogs, and two rabbits own her. In addition, she is certified and permitted to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife in Ohio.
Furthermore, she is the Business Director for AbunDANCE Ballet & Worship Arts which provides sound classical dance instruction in an uplifting biblical environment and which performs worship dance throughout southern Ohio.
Dr. Richey is better able to help you along the path toward better health because of these diverse experiences.