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OOA members victorious in Oklahoma House races

Wednesday, November 9, 2016   (0 Comments)
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In the Nov. 8 general election, J. Michael Ritze, DO, won his bid for re-election in Oklahoma State House District 80 defeating Tom Bates, and Dale Derby, DO, won the Oklahoma State House District 74 race defeating Jeri Moberly.

Dr. Ritze has served House District 80, which includes the communities of Liberty, Bixby, Leonard and parts of Tulsa, Glenpool and Broken Arrow, since 2008, and has previously chaired the Public Health Committee. Dr. Ritze earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a family practice residency in Tulsa. A Life Member of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA), Dr. Ritze is a board-certified family physician in Broken Arrow.

Dr. Derby, a board-certified anesthesiologist from Owasso, joins Dr. Ritze as the second osteopathic physician in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and will fill the seat previously held by his son David Derby. House District 74 encompasses portions of northeastern Tulsa County and western Rogers County, taking in much of the town of Owasso. A graduate of the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Derby interned at Normandy Osteopathic Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.

After 12 years running a busy family practice in Farmington, Missouri, he completed an anesthesiology residency at Deaconess Hospital in St. Louis. He also spent four years in the Navy as a general medical officer and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander. An OOA trustee since 2012, Dr. Derby currently serves on the Bureau on Legislation and as vice chair of the Bureau on Member Services and is a past president of the Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society.