Patients described Dr. Ed Redard as a caring physician who often celebrated their health successes with a high five or a happy dance.
Mary Miscisin, his life partner for 20 years, said he was a romantic who decorated the walls of his private office at Dignity Health’s Elk Grove medical center with photos of the couple and love notes she had written to him.
A family practice physician with Mercy Medical Group and Dignity Health for 27 years, Dr. Redard died unexpectedly at his home March 10 of a heart attack, Miscisin said. He was 55.
The outpouring of sympathy from patients, Miscisin said, has been overwhelming. Many recounted their experience with Dr. Redard in guestbook postings on the website of the East Lawn mortuaries and memorial parks.
“He would walk into a room with a smile so bright it made the sun look dim,” wrote one patient. “He would be so excited about your results that he had you encouraged to do even better the next time.”
Another patient noted that at her last appointment, Dr. Redard saw that she had lost more than 60 pounds in the last six months. “He came into the room and said, ‘Hey, look at you!’ and started doing the Cabbage Patch dance,” she wrote.
Ed Redard was born in Ventura on July 2, 1960, the youngest of four children. He earned his medical degree from the UC Davis School of Medicine in 1987.
Miscisin said Redard’s interest in psychology led him to family practice, which allowed him to use his counseling skills. He also taught stress management classes through Dignity Health, helping people deal with anxiety and depression, she said.
Janice Soto, Dr. Redard’s officer manager for eight years, said he helped co-workers adapt to changes in health care delivery.
“In health care, where there are so many changes on almost a daily basis, he just took it all in stride,” Soto said
She said Redard was able to make even the most difficult day seem good. “He had a happiness and an attitude of making each day count,” she said.
In health care, where there are so many changes on almost a daily basis, he just took it all in stride.
Janice Soto, former office manager
Redard and Miscisin co-founded Personality Lingo, a business that offers training to help people understand their temperament and personality styles.
“It’s about understanding how you’re put together and how others are put together, and opening lines of communication,” Miscisin said.
Redard designed the websites for the business and assisted her with training sessions, often in workplaces for companies looking to promote teamwork among employees.
Miscisin said Redard was a strong advocate of exercise, whether it was running, dancing or walking the dog.
He was a runner, but he wasn’t interested in running competitively. “He did not like competition,” Miscisin said. “He was in it for the fun.”
He regularly ran in Sacramento’s Thanksgiving Day “Run to Feed the Hungry.”
In high school, Redard wanted to follow in the footsteps of an older brother who played basketball, Miscisin said, but the coach told him he was too heavy for basketball and was better suited for football. With his heart set on playing basketball, Redard lost weight and made the team. Winning was less important to him than team spirit.
“He was Mr. Congeniality,” Miscisin said. “He was the glue that held the team together.”
Redard also had a childhood love of magic that continued as an adult. As a kid, he collected cereal box tops to redeem for magic tricks, Miscisin said. He staged magic shows, using his mother as his “beautiful assistant.” Redard enjoyed performing tricks at family reunions and had helped a young nephew overcome his shyness by joining in.
Miscisin said Redard kept the paraphernalia for his magic tricks in an old brown briefcase, which will be on display during a celebration of his life on Saturday.
The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the East Lawn Andrews & Greilich Mortuary Chapel, 3939 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento.
Soto said co-workers at Dignity Health’s Elk Grove medical center are planning a public fun run in Dr. Redard’s memory, with proceeds to go toward an educational fund. A date for the run has not been set.