Richard Kuzma, D.O.
Dr. Richard Kuzma grew up in southeast Michigan. His mother was a librarian and his father did manufacturing sales. As a child, he loved science and the idea of fixing things and making them better. One of his mentors in high school was his wrestling coach, who was a physician when he was not coaching. Dr. Kuzma was the high school state runner-up at 189 pounds.
Dr. Kuzma completed his undergraduate degree at Oakland Community College and Oakland University in Michigan. While at college he joined the Michigan National Guard Military Police directly after 9/11 where he served until 2008. He graduated from Oakland University in 2005 with a degree in biochemistry. Over the few years while he worked as an organic chemist, he took night classes at Wayne State University for a degree in biomedical engineering focused on stem cell research. He graduated from Wayne State University in 2009.
Dr. Kuzma again stayed close to home attending medical school at Michigan State University and he completed his residency in the historic city of Detroit. During his community based residency in Detroit, Dr. Kuzma further showed his desire to help people, and in this case underprivileged people, by working at low income clinics and federally qualified healthcare centers. He graduated medical school at Michigan State University in 2013.
In 2016, Dr. Kuzma moved his family to the Charlotte, NC area and began working at Atrium Health as a Board Certified Family Physician. Dr. Kuzma established himself as a trusted physician for many families in the Lake Norman area. Dr. Kuzma would often treat patients of his with musculoskeletal issues with injections himself, but using traditional steroid injections with limited efficacy. He had begun to explore using PRP and stem cell therapy on his patients instead as he knew from his days at Wayne State University doing stem cell research, that cortisone was only masking the pain and regenerative medicine would actually address the underlying cause.
After mutual friends introduced Dr. Kuzma to Niko Miles and Dr. James Altizer, Dr. Kuzma knew that was the next step in his career: having his own stem cell clinic. After months of stem cell and PRP training with Dr. Altizer, to go along with his already expert injection experience, NeoGenix Lake Norman opened in April of 2023 with Dr. Kuzma as the medical director.
Dr. Kuzma currently lives in the Lake Norman area with his wife and blended family of 6 children. Along with spending time with his family, he enjoys day trips to various locations in the North Carolina area, working with wood and playing video games with his kids. One of Dr. Kuzma’s biggest passions is mixed martial arts. He currently holds a brown belt in Judo and is currently a Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and competitor.
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