Nebraska's loss is western Colorado's gain. When the Richman family moved from Imperial to Delta, DCMH Family Medicine gained a primary care physician in Jonathan Richman, M.D., and the communities of Olathe, Delta and Montrose gained a dentist. Rachell Richman, DDS, purchased the practice of Dr. James Scott in Olathe and is providing a full spectrum of dental services for children and adults.
Both the Richmans are graduates of the University of Nebraska. After obtaining a community college associate's degree, Rachell worked briefly as an administrative assistant before continuing her education.
A growing number of females are entering the dentistry profession. In Rachell's class of 40, just five were women. The next year, 18 of the 40 class members were women. This year, she said, the majority of Nebraska dental graduates were female.
Rachell and Jonathan grew up in the same small community in Nebraska. The early years of their marriage were split between Omaha, where Jonathan was attending medical school, and Lincoln, where the UN College of Dentistry is located. Rachell graduated in 2000 and obtained a position in a Catholic charity clinic in Topeka, Kan., where Jonathan was doing his residency. The pace at the charity clinic was brisk. "I learned how to work really fast," Rachell said.
The Richmans returned to Nebraska, settling in Imperial where Rachell purchased a practice and Jonathan joined a clinic providing family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology.
In the summer of 2017, they made the move to Delta County with their two children, ages 16 and 12. Both attend school in Delta.
While Jonathan settled in at DCMH Family Medicine, Rachell searched for her niche. She visited with a number of dentists in the area before locating the ideal opportunity. Dr. Scott was ready to retire after 30-plus years, and his practice was for sale.
Rachell says the Olathe location is perfect for serving patients in both Delta and Montrose counties. Like Dr. Scott, she accepts Medicaid/Medicare, most types of dental insurance and private pay. She also offers some financing options and is in the process of developing an in-house membership program that would cover cleanings and exams, and offer discounts on other services.
Those services include X-rays, fillings, root canals, crowns, dentures, partials, extractions and restoration of implants, in addition to routine checkups.
Dr. Richman is known for her gentle touch, as well as her honesty and integrity. "I don't over-diagnose," she said.
Appointments are available Monday-Thursday and can be made by calling 323-6828. The clinic is located at 601 Main Street in Olathe.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.