Although born in California, Richard grew up in Asia. He began his career working with Thai hospitals and dental clinics by managing sales and marketing for their medical tourism department. Later, he transferred to an international teaching position where he worked for schools in Thailand, China, and Singapore. He currently lives in Bangkok, Thailand, with his wife and daughter. His mission is to increase awareness about the ultra-rare AADC deficiency (AADCd) disorder, which his daughter suffers from, and to provide informative columns that offer support for AADCd families.