Derek K. Richardson, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
I am originally from Savannah, Ga., and I have lived in the Southeast most of my life. My journey towards medicine was likely born from an appreciation of nature and a lifelong desire to understand how things work. While my studies trend toward a focus on the human mind and body, I find great joy in observing the interactions between individuals, cultures and the various systems within which we find ourselves operating. Life's journey has provided me with a wealth of experiences, and has ultimately led me to Kaiser Permanente, where I aim to employ the knowledge and skills I have acquired in helping others live healthier, more productive lives.
About my practice
I am an adult and child psychiatrist in the Behavioral Health Department. Working with both of these groups allows me to maintain a balanced view of the challenges that we face throughout the life cycle. My approach is to identify people's goals, build on their strengths, and combine the two with the aim of achieving the desired outcome. Though the process is sometimes challenging, I believe the rewards make the journey worthwhile. Working with children and adolescents creates opportunities to help other family members grow in ways that foster better environments for their children to learn and develop in. At Kaiser Permanente, I am supported by a dedicated team that genuinely cares about the people we come in contact with.
How I thrive
A young man once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it." I am at my best when I am able to pursue my many interests outside of medicine. I really enjoy history and will spend hours reading about people, places and events from long ago. Having young children helps me remain active, and I am frequently involved in activities such as T-ball and camping, which are a great escape. In the remaining time in my schedule, I enjoy movies, sports and spending time with family and friends. I try to work smart and play hard.