Dr. Parker has served as a Team Physician at San Diego State University since 1985. He has worked as Team Physician for three America’s Cup teams, USA Volleyball, as well as the San Diego Chargers. Dr. Parker was a venue physician for downhill skiing at the Salt Lake Olympic Games.
From taking care of pro athletes and Olympians, to kids and weekend warriors, Dr. Parker has encouraged people to discover their potential through fitness and athletics, and then to nurture that potential every day. His approach to the practice of medicine has been fueled by a passion for helping people learn how to maximize their health – a lifelong adventure that comes from taking care of mind and spirit as well as the body.
Dr. Parker is a graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also attended Springfield College, where he was an All-American swimmer. Today, Dr. Parker either swims or rides his road bike for one hour each day, believing that exercise is medicine. He enjoys the big-city benefits of San Diego, but loves the outdoors. Skiing and fly-fishing with friends and summers on Cape Cod with his family are his true passions. Dr. Parker and his wife, Dr. Marti Parker, have two young adult children, Rob and Sarah.
Most executives work too much and play too little. I counsel patients every day on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices. Find time for fitness, enjoy time with family and friends, and spend some time outdoors. It makes an enormous difference in terms of health and having the ability to squeeze the most out of every day.
Richard Parker is the Medical Director of Executive Health & Corporate Wellness at San Diego Sports Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine, and has been practicing at San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center, and in the community, for more than 25 years. Dr. Parker was voted among America’s best Family Medicine doctors by the Consumers’ Research Council of America in 2008. He chairs the American Osteopathic Conjoint Sports Medicine Examination Committee and is Past President of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego and at Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Parker is also the Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at San Diego Sports Medicine.
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