Richard founded OptaDerm in 1987 with a promise to provide better skin care through a disciplined evidence-based approach. Formally educated as a Chemist, Richard first started making products to treat his own skin issues and then, through his travels, became impressed by the European approach to skincare aesthetics through regular facial treatments. Richard now serves exclusively as Director of Laser treatments, while his highly experienced staff of aestheticians provide the OptaDerm signature European Facial and other services. Richard is fascinated by advances in the science of skin, especially what peptides and laser can do to keep our skin looking young and refreshed. He continues to research, develop, and manufacture nearly all of OptaDerm’s product in his Laboratory in East Vancouver.