For Dr. Kenneth Richards, his job is much like play time.
“It’s great,” he said. “I come to work and play with kids all day.”
The newest member of the Ashley County medical community, and the only pediatrician in the area, is now at work – or play – in the Ashley Women’s Clinic on Fred LaGrone Drive, adjacent to Ashley County Medical Center.
Richards said one of his major inspirations was, in fact, a pediatrician that he knew while growing up in American Fork, Utah, south of Salt Lake City.
“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” he said. “My pediatrician was a big influence, and I always wanted to help people. And then when I took a biology class in high school, that made the interest even stronger.”
After high school, Richards went to Utah State University for his undergraduate studies, followed by medical school at the University of Louisville and then a three-year residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.
He had been in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina for the past four years, and first heard of Crossett when his parents, Arlyn and Colleen Richards, moved here.
“My dad is in the IT department at Georgia-Pacific,” Richards said. “And my mom taught Dr. (Alan) Wilson’s kids piano lessons, and then he started asking about me.”
Richards said he finally decided to see Crossett himself, which he did just over a year ago.