Dr. Richard Hartman grew up in St Louis and is a Chaminade graduate. With his father, a practicing Ob/Gyn and mother, a Nutritional Consultant, he grew up in a medically oriented family. He joined Mid-Rivers Equine in 2013 after leaving Purdue University, where he completed a three-year surgical residency. Prior to this experience, Dr. Hartman completed a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, and obtained his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 2009.
With a medical focus in surgery and lameness, Dr. Hartman has explained that he is innately drawn to surgery by “the instant gratification from fixing what is broken.” Dr. Hartman is fascinated by the impressiveness of the equine athlete, particularly racehorses. Like all athletes, horses are prone to injury, and lameness is the number one reason for diminished performance and quality of life. Discovering the cause of lameness and performance problems can be tedious, but challenging at the same time. Recognizing the root cause of lameness is the key and returning a horse to a close to pre-injury state is the driving force behind his ambitious medical appetite.
Excellence in education is a core value at Mid-Rivers and Dr Hartman’s addition strengthens this position. Dr. Hartman believes that being an effective physician demands educating and updating his skills constantly. His passion and progressive nature drive him to practice and excel at equine medicine.
Dr. Hartman is an avid hunter, fisher, enjoys downhill skiing and loves barbecuing and charcuterie. He and his wife, Jaimee, have two daughters Olivia and Rosa…