Dr. Matt Richards was born and raised in West Seattle the only boy with three sisters. He was active in sports from a very young age and played baseball, basketball and soccer through high school and then onto Western Washington University where he played baseball.
He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology at Western Washington University in Bellingham and then went onto earning his dental degree at Marquette University School of Dentistry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2009.
After Dental School Dr. Richards applied for a scholarship with Indian Health Services following his heritage as a ¼ Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian and was granted a three year working scholarship in Alaska at the Tanana Chief Conference where they helped him pay back three years of his dental school loans while providing dental care to remote villages in Alaska accessible only by prop plane in very harsh weather conditions with temperatures in minus twenty degrees or more. He treated patients in Tetlin, Tok, Manley Hot Springs, Minto, Tanana, Huslia and Kaltag to name a few.
Dr. Richards returned to Washington in 2012 and married his college sweetheart, Lauren Galluccio from Mercer Island. He began working as an associate dentist for Dr. Otto Hansen at Covington Family Dental Care while searching for the perfect practice to call home. Dr. Richards purchased Dr. Randy Rigler’s Woodinville Family Practice February 1,2014. Dr. Richards again returned to school for advanced Implant Hands on training which took him this last November to the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he provided free of charge implant surgical care and personally placed 20 implants over his 3 days there. Studying under one of the country’s top educators in dental surgical implants.
When not working you will find Dr. Richards every morning here in Woodinville at the 24 Hour Fitness gym getting in his work out. He and Lauren also enjoy many outdoor activities such as running and biking. Matt has run in the Seattle Marathon and enjoys participating in the Chilly Hilly bike ride in Bainbridge. You may run into him at many of the local golf courses as he loves to golf year round. In the summer he enjoys fishing with his family. On the weekends you may also find he and Lauren out on the town exploring one of Seattle’s great restaurants.
Dr. Richards belongs to many of the local dental associations here in Washington and is active with the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce. He loves being a dentist and turning his patients into long term friends. His kind words and gentle touch are appreciated by his loyal patients and he is a true asset to the city of Woodinville.