Dr. Richards grew up in Ruston, Louisiana where he attended elementary through high school and eventually college at Louisiana Tech University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After college, Dr. Richards moved to New Orleans where he worked as an EMT before applying to medical school. He was accepted to Louisiana State University—Shreveport’s Health Sciences Center where he graduated in 2008. He then returned to New Orleans for his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center, completed in 2011. He was one of the first residents to work with physician educators to develop a Palliative Care curriculum for other residents. He found his interest in Palliative Care and Hospice while training there. He continued his education at Louisiana State University—New Orleans for Pulmonary and Critical Care, completing his subspecialty training in 2014. He currently works at Baton Rouge’s largest hospital as a Critical Care doctor with special interest in advanced care planning and end-of-life care. Dr. Richards is a certified in Critical Care, Pulmonology, and Internal Medicine. He has been with Heart of Hospice since 2019 and is the Complex Patient Care Physician for the state of Louisiana. In his free time, Dr. Richards and his husband enjoy plant-based cooking and world travel. They have two dogs, Bijou and Chloe, who are both rescues.