Richard S. Clemmons, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I earned my bachelor’s degree and met my wife in Boston, returned to Texas (Galveston this time) for my medical degree, and then went up to Rochester, Minnesota, for neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship. My wife is from mountainous Wyoming, and after we had lived in several flat locations, the call of the Rockies brought us to Colorado. We have lived in a few different places and have traveled all over the country. We consider ourselves fortunate to have found what we believe to be the greatest state in the country, and we plan on spending the rest of our lives here.
About my practice
I was drawn to epileptology because epilepsy patients can often go from a state which is completely disabling to completely symptom-free. This is incredibly rewarding for both patients and physicians. A rich arsenal of treatments is available today, including an ever-expanding array of effective anti-seizure medications, implantable neuromodulator devices, and resective/ablative surgical options. The goal is always for the patient to be both seizure-free and side-effect-free. I want patients to achieve that goal with as few medication trials and as few tests as necessary. At the same time, if patients are not meeting the goal, then we must not be overly fearful of new treatment options, which may include consideration of epilepsy surgery. I take the time to get to know my patients and to understand their questions and concerns, so we can provide the most appropriate care for their needs.
How I thrive
My family provides me with inspiration and motivation. My wife and I live with our 2 sons and 1 small dog – a Havanese we call “Wicket,” named after a character from one of the greatest films ever. We enjoy hiking in the Colorado sunshine, watching movies, and leisure reading.