Upon graduating medical school, Dr. Dietrich completed a general surgery residency at Riverside General Hospital, then returned to Loma Linda for an orthopedic surgery residency.
In 1978, he moved to Puerto Rico where he ran a busy practice treating a variety of orthopedic needs at Bella Vista Hospital. Twelve years later his family moved to Washington, where a lighter patient load allowed time to continue serving overseas as a leader on several short-term medical mission trips. Dr. Dietrich later moved to Wisconsin to join ThedaCare health care system to build and implement orthopedic programs.
After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Dr. Dietrich served one year as director of the orthopedic program at Hôpital Adventiste d’Haïti. Inspired to produce a book, “HAITI: Together We Move,” he used the proceeds to fund an endowment that continually supports the orthopedic program.
Dr. Dietrich and his wife, Jeannie, reside in Vancouver, Washington, and enjoy being grandparents to their five grandsons.