Laura E. Richardson, PA-C
- Family medicine
Not accepting new patients in this area.
- Special needs healthcare
- Pediatric medicine
- Adolescent Medicine
- Preventive healthcare
- Ear/nose/throat conditions
- Weight management strategies
- Mental Health care
What is your practice philosophy? Patient wellness requires a multifaceted, personalized approach and I strive to be a rock and partner for every one of my patients during their journey to whole person wellness.
What are you passionate about? And why? I am passionate about continually working to grow as a person and a provider; the world we live in, and the world of healthcare, continually evolve – I strive to be the best version of myself every day and stay at the forefront of medicine in order to provide high quality care to all my patients.
If I wasn’t a provider, I would be a: Nature/Travel Photographer: I enjoy the idea of being able to travel the world capturing some of the most extraordinary moments in breathtaking locations through my own lens.
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I became a PA in December 2019, starting in Rural Family Medicine & Acute Care. I realized that I wanted to be a PA while working direct care in a special needs group home and seeing the impact that a driven and dedicated primary care provider can have in the life of patients, especially those with unique and/or complex medical needs.
Something I have learned from my patients is: That every patient’s needs are unique and that by taking the time to listen and involve my patients in building a plan of care, we can more quickly identify and achieve health goals, as a team!
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): That I work with patients to develop multifaceted treatment plans to improve their overall health, which includes not only compatible medications, but also finding key lifestyle improvements, and noting the importance of maintaining spiritual and mental health.
My personal health goal is: To learn a new healthy, family friendly recipe once a week so that we as a family can work together to make healthy, sustainable lifestyle changes.
What is the best thing you’ve done for your health or the best health advice you’ve received? One of the best things I’ve done for my health is take time to focus on my holistic wellness: daily exercise, mindfulness activities, and taking time for my hobbies has helped me find a healthy work-life balance, identify a productive outlet for stress, and even improve my physical health habits.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my time as a direct care professional in a special needs group home. My time there taught me about non-verbal communications, emotional intelligence, and patient centered care, all of which are cornerstones of who I am today both as a person and a PA.
What are a few of your personal achievements? Pre-PA Mentor with ACR Homes Impact Year Program; University of Dubuque Physician Assistant Cohort President; University of Dubuque Physician Assistant Program 2018 Student Leadership Award Recipient
- Family medicine
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)