Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming is honored to be able to recognize Dr. Richard Barnes and the many years he has served Fremont County families as he transitions into retirement.
Dr. Barnes’s story began in rural South Dakota on a small farm where he helped with raising horses, putting up hay and milking the family cow. Music was always important to Dr. Barnes, and he has played piano since age five and later became proficient at playing the trumpet. Upon graduation, he pursued pre-medicine at Mid America Nazarene University where he graduated with degrees in both Chemistry and Biology, and this is where he met his wife, Dr. Mary Barnes. Later, Doctors Richard and Mary Barnes received the Universities Alumni of the Year award.
In 1980, Dr. Barnes was accepted into the University of Kansas School of Medicine where he also worked part-time as a Neonatal Intensive Care lab technician. Additionally, he worked with his wife in a cancer research lab at the university.
In 1984, Dr. Richard and Dr. Mary spent three years as resident physicians at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, working in the Raymond Blank Memorial Hospital for Children. This is where they obtained their pediatric training. Their career paths took them to Idaho, Missouri, and Wyoming. They have practiced in Wyoming since 1996 at Fremont County Pediatrics, which they managed and grew to a practice of 4 providers, two full-time clinics, and is now part of Community Health Centers of Central Wyoming (CHCCW). They are proud of their accomplishments and their new association with CHCCW and the stability this will bring to the continuation of excellent pediatric services in Fremont County and around the state of Wyoming.
Dr. Richard Barnes has extensive experience in child behavior, attention deficit disorder, childhood depression, and anxiety. He has served on several hospital boards and as Chairman of Pediatrics, and more recently, focused on outpatient Pediatric medicine. He is the President of the Fremont County Medical Society and now the Chairman of Pediatrics for CHCCW. He was initially board certified in Pediatrics in 1989 and recertified twice, the last time in 2004.
In retirement, Dr. Richard Barnes sees himself playing the piano and focusing his interests on photography, and spending time with family. He and Dr. Mary Barnes adopted three children along with having two birth children and now have six grandchildren. Their children have varied interests and include raptor rehabilitation, nursing, law enforcement, and banking. Their middle daughter is a physician in Colorado.
All of the providers at CHCCW Fremont County Pediatrics in Lander and Riverton will help with the transition of care from Dr. Barnes to them. Dr. Pennie Schultz, Brittany Christoffersen – PA, or Jacqueline Meyer – FNP are dedicated providers, who value the care of your children. We look forward to continuing to provide excellent, affordable health care to the community. Thank you, Dr. Barnes, for all you have done for our community over the last 24 years.