Dr. Stephen Richie has been practising community orthopaedics in Brantford for over 35 years. What attracted him to Orthopaedic Surgery was the scope of practice. One of his mentors advised him, “In Orthopaedics, you treat people from the day they’re born until the day die; you look after both sexes; you work from the foramen magnum down and the pus doesn’t smell!”. These days, however, we are much more narrowed in our focus.
A family doc told him early on that, “Everyday is a holiday when you’re having fun” – an attitude that we should all adapt in our work habits. Dr. Richie has added what he calls the surgeons’ credo, “It is better to give than receive” – so maintain fitness and stay on the giving end of health care.
Currently, he sees mainly adult patients with hip, knee and forefoot problems. Osteoporosis and fragility fracture prevention are a special interest and he continues to be the OOA’s representative to Osteoporosis Canada. He teaches community orthopaedics through MUMC and the ROMP program to medical students and residents.
For over 42 years, he has been happily married to Barbara and they have three grown children and five grandchildren. He skis and snowshoes every available weekend during the winter and occasionally hacks at golf over the summer. Reading in his wife’s garden is especially pleasurable and relaxing.