A Western North Carolina native, Richard grew up in Lake Lure, where he developed an enduring love for the natural world.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2011, Richard spent several years as an outdoor adventure guide, where he facilitated zip-line tours. Following his interest in Qigong, Taijiquan, and other topics, such as biomedicine, somatics, and physiology, Richard attended massage school at Isothermal Community College, where he graduated in May of 2015.
Since his graduation, Richard has worked in a clinical massage setting, incorporating an integrative bodywork regime of trigger point therapy, tui-na, and Swedish massage into his treatments. Drawing from his diverse background, Richard integrates research and education into his massage and bodywork practice in order to fully serve his clients with the best possible care.
His goal is to provide clients with compassionate, contemporary bodywork in a therapeutic setting and to assist in healthful and mindful living. Currently, Richard is a student at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, where he is studying acupuncture