Dr. Richey obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering with Chemistry minor and Biomedical Engineering option and Biochemical Engineering emphasis 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, Staff Process Engineer, Production Supervisor, and Production Manager for 7 years, she decided to pursue a medical career because she had a heart for health.
Dr. Richey earned her Doctorate in Medicine (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 (MH) degree in 2003 and her Doctorate in Naturopathy (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 children's health concerns which were diagnosed as chronic Lyme disease with associated co-infections and biotoxin illness.
Dr. Richey opened a health store called The Healthy Path in 2001 which later included naturopathic consultations starting in 2005, and then functional medicine and integrative medicine appointments with an emphasis in chronic Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections and other chronic infectious diseases including zoonoses starting in 2008. Soon thereafter she started treating biotoxin illness and mold illness, too.
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). Also, Dr. Richey became a certified practitioner for the Bredesen protocol for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. In addition, she has completed coursework in Natural Healthy Buildings and obtained certification in Building Biology Advocate from the International Institute of Building-Biology & Ecology. Furthermore, she is a certified Master Reiki Professional.
Currently, Dr. Richey is a medical doctor (MD) licensed in the state of Ohio and in the state of Kentucky and in the state of Virginia, and she is a naturopathic physician (ND) and a Master Herbalist (MH). She now specializes in naturopathic medicine, integrative medicine, functional medicine and holistic medicine.
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 one rabbit own her. In addition, she is certified and permitted to rescue, rehabilitate and release wildlife in Ohio. She also has experience fostering cats and kittens. And she volunteers in the community with her rescue dog, Khaya, through the Pet Partners animal therapy program.
Furthermore, she was Business Director for her daughter's dance studio called AbunDANCE Ballet & Worship Arts from 2015 through 2018. (Her daughter previous danced professionally with Paradosi Ballet Company, and now she has returned to professional dancing with Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet.)
Dr. Richey is better able to help you along the path toward better health because of these diverse experiences.