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Qualifications and Experience
Richard J. Spelts, D.O., specializes in the Nonoperative Medical Treatment of Sports/Orthopedic injuries in athletes and non-athletes, including the Pediatric, Adult and Geriatric populations.
Richard J. Spelts was born and raised in Littleton, Colorado. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Redlands, in Redlands, CA, where he played baseball. After graduating, Dr. Spelts moved back to the Denver area where he worked as a professional research assistant in pulmonary medicine at the Webb Waring Institute for two years. Dr. Spelts returned to California for medical school at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. He then completed his Family Medicine Residency at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he continued to be involved in Sports Medicine volunteering in the Glendale area.
After residency, Dr. Spelts completed his Fellowship at Michigan State University where he worked closely with physicians well known in Primary Care Sports Medicine. His responsibilities included morning and evening training room sessions working with the athletic trainers and high level NCAA Division 1 athletes. Dr. Spelts was closely involved in the sideline and courtside evaluation and management of injuries of athletes from MSU in football, soccer, wrestling, field hockey, cross country, basketball, gymnastics, baseball, and track & field. He was one of the primary physicians covering the 2006 Big Ten Gymnastics Championship, the 2006 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and the traveling physician for Michigan State at the 2006 Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament. He also had the opportunity to cover a minor league baseball team, the Lansing Lugnuts, a farm team for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Verified Patient Reviews
He and his staff were all friendly and professional. I arrived for the appointment a little early and had filled out my paperwork ahead of time. I expected a long wait. Instead was called in almost immediately, seen by his nurse, taken immediately for x-rays, and the doctor came in within about two minutes of my return from having the x-rays. Dr. Spelts' examination was thorough, but gentle. He really took time to explain to me what the problem was, and discussed various options. I would absolutely recommend him.
I have seen Dr Spelts before...he and his team are always very professional, thorough and friendly.
Dr Spelts made my daughter feel comfortable and was easy to talk to. He did not rush through the appointment- listened to what problem was, did some physical analysis, explained diagnosis and answered all questions. His medical assistant seemed rushed but was nice and answered all of my questions. Office very clean and spacious. I would highly recommend Dr, Spelts.
amazing timing today... got there early for my 8:30 appt, got taken in right away, xrays right away and doc came right in after... listened to everything and explained the issue and course of treatment simply. Great job
Dr. Spelts has been our go-to doctor for sports-related injuries for 5 years. He is professional, knowledgeable, and has a great bedside manner. I highly recommend him.
Dr. Spelts was professional, I was happy I got an X-ray, the nurse was so nice and my diagnosis enabled me to start my PT today.
I appreciated his knowlegde regarding my problem and was very informative in his explanation on how to resolve the problem.
thank you doc u really examined me well ya it was to my satisfaction as u answered all my queries very nicely thanks :)
I WOULDN'T GO TO ANY OTHER SPORTS DOC.
I was very impressed with the organization of the office and the staff. The Dr. and his staff were very kind and professional.
He's got a great bedside manner and he was very thorough. I highly recommend him.
Dr Spelts in as incredible doctor. He is very personable and explains things in a way the patient will understand his/her condition rather than trying to showing off his medical vocabulary. Dr Spelts will spend as much time with you as needed, he doesn't make you feel rushed or your concern is trivial. He is one of the best doctors out there, I highly recommend him.