Dr. Richard Teff, MD

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine SurgeryMaleAge 55

Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

Dr. Richard Teff, MD is a Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery Specialist in Waco, TX and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from Creighton University School Of Medicine in 1994. He is affiliated with Havasu Regional Medical Center. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Richard Teff, MD

Ascension Medical Group Providence Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

405 Londonderry Dr Ste 200 Waco, TX 76712
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(254) 537-6565
Telehealth services available

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  • Offers Telehealth
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Experience and Background Checks

Experience
Background

Background Check

1 board action Found
  • Wrong-site surgery (7/2/2020)View details
1 malpractice claim Found
  • Settlement (2018)View details
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Teff's conditions and procedures:

  • Brain Abscess
  • Broken Neck
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spine Disorders
  • Herniated Disc
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Tethered Spinal Cord Syndrome
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain

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Dr. Teff accepts the following insurance:

Anthem
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Blue Access Choice - S-MO
Blue Access Choice-MO
Blue Access-MO
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Dr. Teff's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Teff

4.8

Based on 42 ratings

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I went to Dr Teff because the other Neurosurgeon I went to said he would not consider doing a fusion on L4 and L5. He told me to take hydrocodone every day which wasn't helping. Dr Teff did the surgery and I went home the next day. Recovery was great. It's been 7 months now and I feel like I did 30 years ago.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Mickey – Jun 17, 2021
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Very easy to talk to. He listens and replies in language you understands. He explains exactly what to expect and will always answer your questions without leaving you wondering if the question was answered. And yes, he did a procedure on my lumbar spine with no concerns of the results.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kerry – Nov 16, 2020
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Went to emergency and he was on call got lucky on my end. Had a piece of resting on my L3/4 so he removed it feeling a lot better
What went well
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Denise – May 27, 2020
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I was a patient of Dr Teff when he was at the Neuroscience Center in Billings Montana. 2013-2014 he did the surgery on my neck eleviating the pain and numbness I was experiancing. He listens to your problems and concerns and works with you to achieve your ultimate goal. He left two weeks after my surgery and I've missed him ever sense. No other Neurologist has shown me the care and treated me like they care sense he left. I would Recomend him to anyone!
What went well
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Cole Wilson in Billings, MT – Jan 22, 2019
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At the pre-op appointment with the doctor, he outlined exactly what was going to happen and explained everything in detail. Everything went very smoothly at the hospital prior to the procedure and the doctor said the surgery was successful. I only had a minimal amount of pain from the actual incision, but did have a very sore throat due to a tube that was inserted during the operation. I would definitely recommend Dr. Teff to anyone having spinal surgery similar to mine!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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C. Martin in Goodyear, AZ – Jun 05, 2018
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The procedure Dr. Teff used on me was well thoughtout, reviewed, and completed with care. I was very satisfied with the outcome. I was given helpful instructions for healing -- what not to do and what to do to help with the healing. My doctor's mannerism is highly regarded by me and my sister. I would recommend Dr. Teff and the practice of Phoenix Spine to any and all other patients.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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S.H.W. in Goodyear, AZ – May 04, 2018
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Dr. Teff presents extremely well. His bedside manner was excellent: he comes off as a calm, competent professional who is able to handle the task at hand. Tracy served as the head nurse during my surgery, and she was top-notch. Everyone communicated well and kept me informed of what was going to happen, and what was happening as it occurred.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
7 people found this helpful
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Ryan Daniels in Goodyear, AZ – May 03, 2018
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Meet the doctor for the first time the day of the procedure.Every thing else was done by phone/computer. He explained everything in great detail to our satisfaction. His bedside manner is very good. We have already recommended him to our family and friends.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Don Zeman in Goodyear, AZ – Feb 10, 2018
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I had a spinal lamenectomy and it was performed by Dr Teff. My experience with the facility was outstanding, the office and exam rooms were extremely clean, Dr Teff was responsive to my questions and took the time to explain the procedure in terms I could understand. I am a week and a half into my recovery and feel 100 percent better and free of the psain in my back and leg.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Ryan Ford in Goodyear, AZ – Dec 02, 2017
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I had a microdiscectomy surgery about a month ago. I am highly satisfied with Dr.Teff. He took great care of me when I was in severe pain. The surgey was favorable. My recovery was wonderful and faster than expextes thanks to Dr.Teff. I would certainly recommend Dr.Teff to anyone suffering from severe pain and defenity for a surgeon. Now, I have relief thanks to the surgery and Dr.Teff.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Luis Villegas in Goodyear, AZ – Nov 20, 2017
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For years I have trusted dr. Lieberman and his staff dr. Teff was wonderful I have had great success with your care and recommend anyone with chronic pain that needs the proper treatment to seek you out.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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G.P. in Goodyear, AZ – Aug 23, 2017
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Amazing experience at Phoenix Spine! Dr. Teff saved me from further back pain and I am forever grateful.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Kate Barnes in Goodyear, AZ – Aug 15, 2017
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Dr Teff is amazingly skilled as a surgeon. He is patient, caring and super concerned about his patients and their outcomes.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Barbara F. RN in Goodyear, AZ – Aug 12, 2017
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The procedures were clearly explained. The staff was very compassionate and listened to my concerns. The doctor treated me in a professional and kind manner. The office and procedure room was clean and organized. I would highly recommend Dr. Teff to friends and family for their spine needs.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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J.L. in Goodyear, AZ – Aug 09, 2017
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Dr Teff is amazing. His knowledge and skill as a neurosurgeon is second to none. As a nurse and a patient, I would recommend him to anyone needing spine surgery and treatments.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
1 person found this helpful
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Phoenix, AZ – Aug 02, 2017
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Biography

Dr. Teff completed his neurosurgery residency at the University of Missouri and spent eight years in active duty service with the United States Army. He...Read more

Specialties

  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

2000
University of Missouri Health Sciences Center
Residency Hospital
1995
University of Missouri Health Sciences Center
Internship Hospital
1994
Creighton University School Of Medicine
Medical School
1990
Creighton University
Undergraduate School
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Awards

  • Meritorious Service Medal, August 200
  • Bronze Star Medal, February 2
  • Bronze Star Medal, September

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Richard Teff, MD offer telehealth services?

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Is Dr. Richard Teff, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Richard Teff, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Teff frequently treats Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis of Spine, and Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement). See all procedures and conditions Dr. Teff treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Teff, MD's office located?

Dr. Teff's office is located at 405 Londonderry Dr Ste 200, Waco, TX 76712. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Ascension Medical Group Providence Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Ascension Medical Group Providence Endocrinology Clinic405 Londonderry Dr Ste 200 Waco, TX 76712
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Havasu Regional Medical Center

Specialty Associates1851 Mesquite Ave Ste 116 Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
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Phoenix Spine

Phoenix Spine - Biltmore Headquarters2525 E Arizona Biltmore Cir Ste D142 Phoenix, AZ 85016
3

Region Neuroscnc Brain/Spine

Region Neuroscnc Brain/Spine1041 N 29TH ST Billings, MT 59101
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Havasu Regional Medical Center

Lake Havasu City, AZ

51% Patients that would definitely recommend, 19% lower than the national average