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.