Meet Our Staff

Richard W. Tezak


Dr. Richard Tezak joined the Soft Tissue Medical Center (STMC) in 2005, bridging the gap between medical and chiropractic, creating a full service medical center. He is a board-certified Public Health and General Preventive Medicine doctor, practicing medicine since 1974. Dr. Tezak has spent the majority of his career in the public health sector treating communicable diseases and is experienced in treating a broad range of musculoskeletal conditions.

He also serves as medical director, assessing patients overall health and evaluating medical conditions that impact the soft tissue therapy provided by Dr. Payan. He is then able to assess patient progress with the therapy in an objective manner and provide feedback and suggestions. Adding an important element of care to the Soft Tissue Medical Center, Dr. Tezak is able to prescribe prescription medication to patients as needed and is also able to communicate with patient’s personal physician on a physician-to-physician basis.

Dr. Tezak enjoys the face-to-face interaction with patients he experiences at Soft Tissue Medical Center. He spends time getting to know patients, listening to their concerns in a non-hurried setting, answering their questions, relieving their concerns and treating them with the dignity and respect that patients deserve.

Prior to joining the Soft Tissue Medical Center, Dr. Tezak was employed by the Monterey County Health Department for more than 20 years, most recently serving as the Medical Director of the Public Health Clinic. He has numerous professional achievements, including the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding performance as Chief of Preventative Medicine Activity, U.S. Army Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany. Dr. Tezak has a variety of articles published in medical journals such as the American Journal of Epidemiology and the Medical Bulletin of the U.S. Army, Europe.

Dr. Tezak earned his Bachelor’s degree and attended medical school at Stanford University and received his Masters of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Janet, recently celebrated their 30-year wedding anniversary. They have three adult children and enjoy life on the central coast.