Doctor Samuel (Richard R. Samuel, MD, ABFP) went to medical school in Portland, Oregon where he attended Oregon Health Sciences University. He graduated in 1989. After he finished a three-year residency at Stanislaus Medical Center in Modesto, California, Dr. Samuel became a Board Certified Family Physician in 1992. He practiced rural family medicine and staffed the Emergency Room in Ellensburg, Washington for four years. Then, in 1997, he and his family moved to North Idaho, and, after a year as an employed physician, he started Family Health Care of Post Falls in 1998.
Desiring to create a medical practice model that made a difference in his community, Dr. Samuel began a discount cash-at-time-of-service practice in 2004. Located in Hayden, Idaho, this practice served more than 4,000 largely uninsured and underinsured patients and provided quality medical care for substantially lower prices than other traditional, insurance-billing medical practices. In the fall of 2013, after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he began North Idaho’s first Direct Primary Care practice, bringing over 20 years of broad primary and urgent care experience to a practice model known for its superior level of medical care.
Dr. Samuel integrates a Christian faith and world-view into his practice of Board Certified Family Medicine. He is married to Donna, who has a Master’s Degree in Social Work, and has three grown children: Rebekah, Elisabeth, and Craig. He is an avid distance cyclist, enjoys Idaho whitewater, and is an active member of his church, Real Life Ministries of Post Falls.
In The Media
Dr. Samuel has had a number of recent media appearances and mentions including:
- Interview with KHQ Local News 6 on Direct Primary Care
- Radio Interview with Kay Poland of 89.9 KYMS
- The Spokesman Review
- Glenn Beck Radio Show
- Coeur d’Alene Press
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