Richard is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a doctorate in psychology. He graduated from Oberlin College in 1972 with a degree in world religions and a minor in pre-medicine and from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1978. Richard has since devoted his professional career to the field of East Asian medicine, pursuing advanced studies in China (1981), Japan (1986) and Thailand (1988, 1989, 1992). In 1985, along with two partners, he established the Pacific Center of Health, an integrative medical center that still flourishes today. Richard was also one of the four founders of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He served on the board of the college for many years and continues to teach there. In recent years, Richard has been working in the field of applied neuroscience and sound, and is currently the President and Executive Producer of Metta Mindfulness Music, a company devoted to creating original music to facilitate meditation, health, and mindfulness.