Dr. Richardson has been in healthcare for 25 years and recently joined our center in Raytown,
MO. She specializes in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family
Physicians. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) and completed a family practice residency at Trinity Lutheran Hospital. Her previous employers include St. Luke’s Family Care for three years and Encompass Medical Group for the last 18 years. At both facilities, she served as a Family Physician treating newborns to geriatric patients, and was an Associate Professor at both the University of Kansas School of Medicine for medical students and the UMKC School of Medicine for residents.
Richardson tells us that her path to medicine began with an admiration for her pediatrician and a fascination with science. Later, in high school, she was chosen to participate in the Summer Scholars Program for aspiring medical students at UMKC, which gave her an exciting glimpse into the world of medicine.
Dr. Richardson has worked with seniors in primary care since she started training, and is excited to be working at CenterWell. “This position is a culmination of my practice of medicine since my residency,” she says. Dr. Richardson believes in caring for the patient as whole – mind, body and spirit. “I am not a philosopher or a psychiatrist, but I do believe that mental health plays a primary role in wellness,” she adds. Her favorite part about being a doctor is the relationships she forms with her patients and being an advocate for them.
She defines the ideal doctor-patient relationship as one with mutual respect. She is careful to ask patients if all their questions and concerns have been addressed. Dr. Richardson has been married to her husband for 30 years and has two daughters. The eldest is an Industrial Engineer and the youngest is a college student majoring in biomedical science. Dr. Richardson’s hobbies include reading fiction, hanging out with her girls, and trying out new restaurants with her husband.