Dr. Richard C. Phelps DO

I was born and raised in Avon Connecticut, a small suburb of Hartford with seven siblings. As a child I remember boating on Long Island Sound, especially to Block Island and Greenport. I was an avid skier, except one unfortunate day I fractured my leg and required multiple surgeries at the young age of 14. My Orthopedic surgeon became my hero and from that time forward I too was going to become a physician.

I matriculated into The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 2003 after graduating from the University of Connecticut. My dream to become a doctor would become reality. It wasn’t until my third year psychiatry rotation that my true niche was discovered. Out of all the fields in medicine a doctor can choose, the fascination with the mind, the body combined with an innate ability to talk and relate to patients with empathy was intriguing; I knew psychiatry was for me.

Upon graduating medical school I started my psychiatry residency at The Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital. I chose a residency back in Connecticut to be closer with my family but also I just loved the caliber of the program and the psychiatrists that would be training me. It was during residency I met my wife and upon finishing residency I followed her to South Carolina where she completed a residency in Radiation Oncology at MUSC. During the six years in Charleston South Carolina I opened a private practice that focused primarily on adolescents and adults with Depression, Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Bipolar Disorder.

My wife and I married in 2013 and we now have two beautiful daughters and a son together. I also can’t forget to mention my first born, a French Bulldog named “Stitch.” We have since moved to South Florida as my wife accepted a position at the Cleveland Clinic. Trust me, I wasn’t necessarily kicking and screaming to move. I absolutely love the tropical weather, the Palm trees, the ocean and am often found fishing on the weekends, swimming at the beach or going to various local parks with my kids. I will mention my favorite park is Disneyworld.

I am board certified in Adult Psychiatry, a member of the American Psychiatric Association and a Diplomat for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. I prefer those ages 16 and older as I am experienced seeing adolescents and adults. I am down to Earth, kind, compassionate and easy going. People are usually comfortable around me and feel secure that I will traverse the good times and the unfortunate bad times and trenches with them. Please see the home page for the many conditions we treat as I would love the opportunity to help you.