Our clinic staff is highly trained in dermatology. They are an integral part of our practice and provide patients with the best possible care and support. Patients will often be seen by both a medical assistant and a provider. Our medical assistants are trained to assist in procedures, see emergency patients, they are available for phone consults and have a vast knowledge of dermatologic conditions and therefore are a huge asset to the clinic. Our receptionist Chris and our medical assistants Nicole, Ashley, Jessica, Lindsay, and Alex are all here to help.
Chris has worked with Dr. Rich and Amy Simpson since August 2012 as the receptionist. When not working, Chris spends time with his beautiful wife Amber and two kids Tegan and Adric. They all keep busy working on their house, playing video games, gardening, and crafting. Chris has received his Bachelor of Science from Western Oregon University, and has been licensed as an elementary school teacher K-5. His dream is to curate a video game museum while creating large art pieces. His favorite medium is steel, anything from the smallest diameter wire to large sheets of steel.
Allie has been with Dr. Rich and Amy since March of 2007. She became involved with billing about a year and a half later, and then became the clinic’s sole biller in 2010. Following a restructuring in the office in Fall 2012, she was given the position of clinic manager. A native Portlander, Allie left to attend OSU and received a Bachelors in Psychology, with minors in English and Spanish. While in Corvallis she worked at Heartland Humane Society and then transferred to the Oregon Humane Society when she moved back up to Portland. She loves to travel, read, and spend time with family. She lives with her boyfriend Wyatt and their three cats Kwyjibo, Awesomecopter, and Kimbote. Yes, Allie and Wyatt love animals. No, they are not crazy cat-people.
Since May 2011 Nicole has been a receptionist and medical assistant for Dr. Rich and Amy Simpson. In her down time, Nicole can most likely be found walking to the library to satisfy her book a week habit, spending time with friends at happy hour or traveling anywhere her pocketbook and passport will allow. Between October and April most of her free time is spent cheering for the Trail Blazers and keeping fingers crossed for a playoff showing. Nicole has an Associate of Science from PCC and is pursuing a degree in science from PSU, with a specific interest in medicine and anthropology.
Ashley grew up in Kansas City, Kansas and became hooked on the West Coast when she moved out to attend college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has been working in health care and research since moving to Portland in 2013 and joined Dr. Rich's clinic as a medical assistant in 2016. She is excited by the opportunity to interact with patients and learn more about the field of dermatology and hopes to one day further her education by becoming a Physician Assistant. Outside the clinic, Ashley can be found hiking, running, practicing yoga, checking out Portland's live music and food offerings and attempting to make a dent in all that Oregon has to offer. Day trips to the coast are a favorite pastime, as well as relaxing at home with a good book and her two cats, Henry and Sage.
Jessica is a life-long Pacific Northwesterner, born and raised near Seattle, graduating from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, and now calls Portland home. After spending a decade working with community-based advocacy organizations throughout Oregon, Jessica returned to her passion for patient care. Her previous clinical experience is rooted in reproductive health and primary care, especially with underserved and underinsured communities. She is currently a health sciences student at Portland State University with the goal of becoming a health practitioner in the future. Like many of her colleagues, she is an avid lover of cats, although believes dogs are ok too.
Alex grew up in Portland, OR and attended Willamette University in Salem, OR earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Spanish. Prior to joining Dr. Rich's clinic as a medical assistant, Alex worked at Oregon Health and Science University in oncology clinical research for three years. Alex is currently applying to medical school. In her free time, Alex loves to run, hike in the gorge, visit the Oregon coast, stand up paddle board, and just generally explore Oregon.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, Lindsay loves the sunshine and enjoys spending time at the beach (while wearing protective sunscreen of course)! Lindsay majored in Psychology at Lewis & Clark College as an undergraduate and has hopes of one day becoming a Nurse Practitioner. During her undergraduate career Lindsay was bitten by the travel bug while studying in Argentina and hopes to tackle Europe next. She loves all things musical and spent several years performing with a local A cappella group. When not baking, gardening, or crafting you can often find her spending time with her husband and their Schichon puppy Luna Petunia.