Pamela M. (Riegel) Kircher
Pamela M. (Riegel) Kircher, Raytown High School, Class of 1962
Nationally known as a speaker on end-of-life issues and near-death experiences, 1962 RHS graduate Pam Riegel Kircher will enter the Raytown Schools Alumni Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2008.
Dr. Kircher holds a degree in Zoology from the University of Missouri, completed graduate work in Experimental Psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington, and earned a medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine. Following her residency in Family Practice at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, she practiced as a family physician in Texas.
After serving as a hospice physician at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Dr. Kircher moved to Durango, Colorado. There she helped to develop the Integrative Care Department at Mercy Regional Medical Center, and she served as the medical director for six years.
In addition to working as a medical doctor, Kircher has served as a medical volunteer in Guatemala and Fiji, and is a Master Trainer in Tai Chi for Health programs. She is currently serving as the coordinator between the Tai Chi for Health programs and the Arthritis Foundation of America.
Dr. Kircher serves as a volunteer instructor at Fort Lewis College, and as a co-coordinator of the Pagosa Lifelong Learning program in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.
Among Dr. Kircher’s honors are Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Missouri, Outstanding Teaching of Residents in Family Practice at Texas Health Science Center, and Chief of Family Medicine at Memorial Southwest Hospital.
Pam and her husband Dr. Mark Kircher have three adult children, Michael, Robin, and Joany and two grandchildren, Max and Alex. They divide time between Durango, Colorado and their ranch in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.