Dr. Richard Baxter,
Dr. Baxter is a native of the Pacific Northwest He was born and raised in Aberdeen, graduating from Weatherwax High School, before going to Walla Walla where he attended and graduated from Whitman College. He did his doctoral training at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, graduating in 1983. He then moved to Olympia and established his practice in September of 1983.
Dr. Baxter enjoys providing primary eye care to patients of all ages. One of the greatest blessings of having been in practice for so many years now is having had the privilege of caring for multiple generations of the same family. Dr. Baxter has a special interest in bifocal contact lenses as well as the medical eye management of glaucoma and diabetic eye disease.
Dr. Baxter has been married to his wife Janet since 1979 and their three children, Stephanie, John and Megan are all married and living here in Olympia They have six grandchildren and they love spending lots of time with their kids and grandkids. They feel very fortunate to have them all so near.
His outside interests include spending time with his family, sports of all kinds, especially tennis, and hiking and mountain climbing. He has done many eye care missions trips over the years and loves being able to use his skills to help those in need. He and his associate, Dr. Samantha Hamblet, currently serve as Co-Directors of Eye Care Services for the Olympia Union Gospel Mission’s eye clinic. Dr. Baxter is board secretary to the Optometric Physicians of WA and is past-president of the Olympic Optometric Society.