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About Michael D. Richter
Dr. Richter is a primary care internist and rheumatologist who practices in Seattle, WA. His mission is to provide care that is tailored to the individual values and preferences of each patient, with a strong emphasis on prevention and evidence-based medicine. What he enjoys most about practicing medicine is being an educator and developing meaningful relationships with patients.
Mount Sinai HospitalResidency
University of Washington
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
- American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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My provider supplied clear and understandable health advice regarding questions I asked him. He gave me a lot of time during our visit to discuss my health care issues.
The entire visit to see the doc was excellent. Thank you very much for the good care your team gave to me. Cheers to the team.
I am in the healthcare field and am extremely impressed with Swedish as an outstanding delivery system. Your processes are well designed and best practices, and the dedicated staff, physicians, and clinical team clearly prioritize following those procedures to provide optimal and timely care. I am especially impressed by and very appreciative of Dr. Richter. He is an outstanding Internist and combines a deep knowledge of medicine with great communication and "bedside" skills.
Very professional and interested in patients' well being.
Dr Richter has always been great! Very attentive, listens and comes up with good theories and guidance.
We are very pleased
Dr. Richter was compassionate and professional. I would recommend him to others.
ALWAYS TAKEN CARE OF WELL!!
Dr. Richter is really wonderful! He comes in prepared, listens carefully & answers all my questions, is both caring and respectful, and has given me great advice and referrals as needed. I really appreciate his professional help and style.
Dr. Michael Richter was very professional and friendly and answered all of my questions.
The doctor pays attention to me and is very understanding to my needs. He gives me great advice and shows a lot of support for me.
He's a very good doctor, and has helped me a lot
Always smiling, listening and explaining till I understand
This was my first visit with Dr. Richter. I was very pleased with his knowledge and manner.
Dr. Richter treats my arthritic needs, general health needs and knee issues. It have had an excellent experience with his expertise.
An outstanding doctor- knowledge, excellent communicator, compassionate and delightful. His support staff mirrors him and are equally as competent.
Dr. Richter was very friendly and listened carefully to my medical history. He encouraged me to reach out via the online portal if I ever need immediate care and to call if I have trouble getting an appointment online.
Excellent service all around. Dr. Richter was phenomenal and a model doctor.
Dr. Richter was focused on my needs; listened to my concerns; provided clear responses to my questions as well as timely review of my tests. He and the staff made my annual checkup easy and helpful.
I did email (not phone) dr Richter several times with questions and Issues, he always responded with timely manner. He is so knowledgeable, professional, caring , and friendly. He is the best doctor that I have.
The doctor was very helpful . Was very helpful in explaining everything. He made you feel comfortable.
Dr Richter is the best primary care physician I have worked with in the past 30 years.
Knowledgeable and explained my diagnosis with words and pictures
Despite being "kicked around" between clinics and providers for the last few years (keep losing Drs and clinicians thru attrition, or movement of entire staff from one clinic to another) I have had excelent service and care, and good luck acquiring excelent replacements.
Dr. R. As very knowledgeable and good at communicating.
The doctor I saw for this visit was awesome. Answered my questions I had amd was a doctor who cares!!!
I'm very grateful to have a primary care physician like Dr. Richter. He's very knowledgeable but also honest about what he doesn't know. He's very responsive, he listens, and he answers my questions to the best of his ability. He makes me feel respected and valued, and that is not something that I take for granted in a medical setting! Best PCP I've ever had.
Dr. Richter went over and above working me into an extremely busy schedule and getting me the treatment I needed quickly. I have always had excellent care through this clinic.
Care provider is extremely knowledgeable and through. Takes time to review prior history and is attentive to changes. Easy to talk to and has patients interests in mind. Very comfortable dealing with this provider who is eager to help and listen. Treats elder people with respect. Have had only good experiences with this care provider.
Follow up visit after several days Hospitalization. Excellent care.
He listens very well and asks excellent questions and asks follow up questionsAnd listens to my follow up questions!
Dr Richter is a great doctor who takes me seriously.
Dr. Was good right to the point and talked about the problem and what we need to do next
I have nothing bad to say about the whole team. Good job guys. Keep it up
Exceptional, as always.
Dr Richter is very friendly and easy to talk to. He seems very well prepared when he comes into the examination room. He has read your history and does not seem in a hurry. He has given me good advice and options regarding my permanent problems.
Dr. Richter listens very well. His down-to-earth advice reflects his listening skills. He is very knowledgeable.
Every thing was great!
I was looking for a new P.C. DOC.He was recommended by one of my clients said he was great and I found out that is the truth.I have recommended him to another client of mine. I think he is great but can't refer to many or he will get to busy.
This is my first visit to this provider. I have a chronic condition that's difficult to treat. He listened to what I had to say. He was knowledgeable about my condition and offered a new treatment option I hadn't known about. I was very pleased.
Amazing provider and team
Always a good experience with this provider. He never acts like I am taking too much of his time. He always listens and takes all the time that is needed. He is FANTASTIC.
Dr. Richter was a substitute for me as my regular PCP was not available. I would like to have him as my PCP
Dr. Richter is very thorough, listens to your concerns, and provides necessary solutions. He is excellent!
Dr. Richter is one of the best doctors I've been fortunate enough to find. His focus on the patient, plus listening skills, options for treatment, and just general kindness, are all outstanding, as is his team. Every time I've needed them, they have been there for me and taken great care of me. I would be happy to have Dr. Richter as my primary doctor for the next 20 years (by which time I may need a gerontologist!)
I really like Dr. Richter. He is thorough, calm and relaxed. I feel good about talking to him.
Dr. Richter is the best doctor I have ever had. He is very knowledgeable,patient and sincerely concerned for my well being. After I have had a pretty serious health scare I am comforted by having him as my doctor.
Dr. Richter and his team were excellent. Their training and professionalsm really showed.
I am a new patient and he was very well prepared having thoroughly studied my medical records tp discuss my history and current physical problems. He was very proactive in answering my current questions and helping me find a new opthalmoligist. As well as treating my low potassium condition by changing one of my blood pressure medications. He was friendly, positive and encouraging. Also when I needed advice about the new medication he answered my message on MyChart right away..
Excellent doctor. All experiences have been great.
Experiences always good
This was the first time I met Dr. Richter, and I was very grateful to him for his kind and informative and thorough treatment of me. He was wonderful.
Focused listener and clearly knowledgeable.
This is the first time I had met this provider but I felt we could have a good relationship.
The doctor is great. It took a long time to get an appointment.
Excellent knowledgeable care - thank you.
I found my PCP!!! Dr. Richter is amazing. Personality, compassion and covered everything I asked with details I understood.Best possible experience. I will follow him rest of my life.
Excellent listener. Good problem solver. Good at follow up. Smart
Dr. Richter is an outstanding physician!!! I loved how he prepared for my visit, had some great ideas for me, and was an active listener. He has always been extremely prompt in following up with messages I send him and in informing me of the results of various tests. I am most impressed with him and glad he is my primary care physician.
Very satisfied with my new PCP. Listens to me - easy to talk to.
Dr Richter is an excellent physician who is very responsive
Dr. Richter is great
Dr Richter is an outstanding doctor who takes time to answer your questions and concerns. He offers things to try and a trial deadline to evaluate to see if the changes were effective. I have recommended him to 2 people.A Dr who listens to one's concerns and takes time with you and is not rushing you out the door is a gem!
My husband and I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Richter as our doctor.
Excellent, caring, knowledgeable provider.
Dr. Richter is easy to talk to, easy to understand, is very patient and answers all my questions.
I love my provider. He is profesional, friendly, care about my health. He would even call me at non-working hour just to know how I feel about taking a new medication.
I really like Dr Richter. He really listened to my concerns and addressed them in detail.
Second time I've seen Dr. Richter when my regular doctor wasn't in. He is careful and explains things really well.
Very efficient and thorough
This was genuinely the best doctor experience I've ever had
It was all good to date.
Very knowledgeable provider who managed my concerns and conditions with expertise and compassion.
All is well - have always been happy with my on going care!!!!!!!
Dr Richter is great along with the nurse. I had blood drawn and it was painless and professional.
I believe Dr. Richter genuinely cares about his patients. He listens, thoroughly explains everything and shows concern. He is very knowledgeable and calms my anxiety at the doctors office. Dr. Richter is a great part of the Swedish team.
I appreciate the ease of two-way communication with my medical team. I feel like I am being well cared for.
Dr Richter is great, always seems like he truly cares about my well-being.
Great visit, easy labs, good trip over all.
An efficient and helpful visit.
Dr. Richter is the best!
I ALWAYS tell friends and family this is the best medical care I have found in 66 years.
Dr. Richter is an excellent doctor. He was willing discuss my all my health issues.
Professional, compassionate, excellent listener!
Dr Richter is more than qualified and caring in my care.
Helpfully, friendly, well known what is my health problem and what medication I need. I happy to have this person to be my health care doctor. Thanks Doc
Brand New Doctor. He was amazing.
He is well informed about my medical history and what to do going forward. Is knowledgeable about solutions to my problems. Did a good job of cleaning one of my ears. Seems fully involved in the appointment and doesn't try to rush you out. Familiar with related studies.
Doctor Richter always listening, giving good advices, explaining everything carefully, and he always answers questions we ask.We lucky to have him as a family doctor
Dr. Richter made me excited to continue my endeavor to loose more weight and I was excited because he was excited to see how much weight I had lost and how much better I felt and looked. He is always very positive and caring.
Everyone there does a great job
Dr. Richter was so attentive and thorough, all around great visit!
Exceptional care provider: answered my questions, explained my symptoms as related to the diagnosis, gave clear instructions for self-care, emphasizing scenarios that required seeking help/going to the ER. Referred me for a CT scan and an Otolaryngology appointment. When I called for these appointments Dr. Richter had already spoken to these services and they were expecting my call. He called me with the CT scan results. Dr. Richter gave me factual information and then went on to explain what was needed next and what I could expect next from my parotid gland infection. He was patient but thorough and that was very reassuring. 5*
Good listener and very comfortable interaction.
Front desk, MA and Provider all provided an excellent experience for my patient visit
Dr. Richter is quite young, a brilliant Internist and Rheumatologist who is listens well and is patient and respectful towards his elderly patients.
Dr. Richter is an excellent listener and clear communicator.
He is always very attentive to what I say and answers my questions in an easy and precise manner. He is very kind and genuinely caring.
Dr mMichael R is a very nice and courteous person. He listen and explain everything he needs to. I really impressed his manners and way to answer.
I'm blessed to be provided with amazing care givers at Swedish who make themselves available, are caring and professional.
He was great
Dr Richter is probably the best doctor I've had; he makes sure to explain everything in a way I understand it and listens to the issues I'm worried about
Very competent, did not rush and was very thorough. Treated my concerns with respect and did not talk down to me.
Thank you everyone was great.
Very nice friendly All. Thank you.
He listens carefully and respects my opinions. He makes sure I understand the plan
He always listens very carefully and asks excellent questions and always provides excellent answers
Appreciate the good care and prompt responses.
I could not be more delighted with my new doctor. He is outstanding.
Dr. Richter always listens to my questions and provides further information to my questions. He is easy to talk with and takes time for me to ask questions and includes more info that are pertinent. It's very important to to me to have the understanding that my concerns and provide the info I need.
Yes,good experiences with our care Provider. Thank you very much!
Michael is a really good doctor who listens well and is very smart.
Excellent physician super happy to have him as my doctor
I felt quite confident in his ability. He got out the tiny metal splinter.
I was having an introductory appointment with Dr. Richter. It was like meeting a new old friend. Dr. Richter Is exactly what I was looking for In my quest for a new primary care provider. Thank you.
This was an initial intake examination and my first experience at Swedish. Several survey questions were therefore moot and I didn't answer them. Overall, he seemed knowledgeable and personable.
Dr. Richter is a new provider for me and I was pleasantly surprised by the waiting room, the efficiency of the office, and his genuine demeanor throughout my appointment. He was curious, asked great questions and listened carefully - I feel that I am in good hands.
Great job Doc, thank you!
The care provider was excellent, however scheduling the labs and making appointments for referrals has not been easy. Really long wait times and even after 2 weeks I have not been able to schedule any of the ob/gyn appointments.
It has always been good
Excellent first annual wellness visit with Dr Richter. Have confidence in him.
Dr. Richter has been extemely responsive and helpful.
Dr. Richter has always been attentive, courteous and willing to explain procedures and outcomes in a manner and style easy to understand and follow.
I have received very good service from my primary doctor.
Front desk very personable, was seen right away and had very good session with my provider
Dr. Richter was competent, thorough and inspired confidence by the examination and diagnosis.
There is a friendly, helpful team at Swedish.Dr. Richter considers the whole person in his care and quality of life.
Absolutely love everyone at this practice. Couldn't have asked for a better doctor
I really appreciated the time Dr. Richter spent with me. I really felt he cared about my questions and explained them in a way that was easy to understand.
Dr. Richter seemed very kind and caring to me. He seemed like a good listener. He seemed competent and respectful. I may want to switch to him as my Primary Care Provider as the one I'm currently assigned to, I've never actually had an appt with yet.
I highly recommend Dr. Richter because he is so thoughtful and attentive to every aspect of my medical situation. He is never rushed and always takes the time to thoroughly discuss my medical situation.
Dr was informative, helpful, respectful highly recommend him
You listen and I don't want to recommend you because I don't want you to get over crowded and then I will have problems seeing you...Just kidding but I am extremely HAPPY with the care I get from you...in person and via e-mail....Thank you all very, very much. Life is Good
I've been searching for a new PC ever since my last one changed offices. It's been almost a decade and I'm very pleased to have found Dr. Richter. He's happy to discuss multiple items on a visit and he's even responsive by email rather than telling me to make an appointment and wait another month.
I have a brother dying and it was hard for me to focus, I needed help to stop my rash from itching and spreading. Dr Richter listened carefully and was compassionate. This was one of my best Dr visits ever!
It was my first visit with Dr.Richter. I came in for an annual physical. Dr.Richter was well prepared and read through my past medical history. He answered all my questions clearly and in a way that I could understand them. He was courteous, professional and sincere. This was one of my favorite doctor visits in a long time. In addition, the reception staff, including the person that scheduled my appointment, were all very helpful and professional. I have already shared my wonderful experience with many family members and friends.
This was my first appointment to establish care at this office, I was very happy with the experience!
This was my first visit with Dr. Richter. I was not happy with my previous doctor (in the Polyclinic) so wanted to change. The visit was good except I forgot some of the info I wanted to discuss!! It is hard to evaluate and answer these questions after only one visit.
Dr. Richter was lovely and had a very approachable and caring bed side manner. I have been in search of a new primary care physician and feel confident with his care. He listened and addressed each concern and was gentle with anxieties I had. I did not feel rushed and he spent the time needed with me to address any medical issues.
I commend my care provider for taking the time to explain clearly to me the implications of my toe fracture and explain how to buy cost-effective splints. He was reassuring and kind and advised me carefully. I appreciate too the helpful and friendly manner of the care coordination staff who helped me get an appointment as quickly as possible, though it was not until the day after I called to request one.
I like & am happy with all my care providers.
The care provider has been professional and compassionate.
Dr. Richter was very prepared and had studied my chart and asked me pertinent questions and explained things very well so that I could fully understand the best course to take for wellness and existing conditions. Dr. Richter was very thorough.
I asked Dr. Richter if he would be my primary care doctor for the reasons I listed on this survey. He has always shown concern above the "standard health questions"; he digs a little further and explains why, but doesn't push. Perfect. I recommended him to a couple of friends and they were impressed with his knowledge and care also.
Excellent experience and service all the way around
My whole experience was very pleasant. Dr Richter is excellent
ALL WAS GOOD.
Very happy with the care at Swedish Ballard, exceptional Doctors, Nurses, Receptionists, and other staff members.
I had great experience with my care provider.
Care provider is extremely through and knowledgeable. Very attentive to my health condition and easy to talk to about my concerns. After visit notes are outstanding and I feel like I am in good hands and receiving the best care possible from this provider. I am very pleased with his services.
This was a new patient appointment and Dr. Richter was great. Beyond my expectations. Very good in every regard
Great doctor - listens well and is very thorough.
My first time seeing Dr Richter. He was friendly and explained things I had cold symptoms for 10 days. Testing negative for covid 19 but concerned.
Dr. Richter is an amazing physician. I always receive the best possible care.
He was and has been great on all my visits.
I really appreciate Dr Richter's approach. He listens well and investigates concerns.
Dr Richter is one of the best physicians I have ever dealt with. He is friendly, knowledgeable, articulate, and very intelligent. I have recommended him to others.
Dr. Richter gives his full attention to you. He is compassionate, caring and kind and always professional.
Everything was great
Excellent provider. Up to date on all medical issues addressed at new patient visit. The best bedside manner I have had. Look forward to have him assist me to achieve optimal health.
Dr. Richter is a superlative internist. I felt very comfortable and also confident with him.
Michael was super thorough, attentive and insightful. He gave me a lot of valuable medical advice
I'm a new patient and I'm going to be very happy with this doctor!
First visit to new primary care doctor. We're very happy with our choice of Dr. Ritcher and Swedish Ballard.
Dr. Richter is kind and thoughtful. I will be returning to see him.
- Abdominal Cramps
- Abdominal Pain
- Abnormal Bowel Movement
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