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Rice Leach: Commissioner, Doctor, Dancer

Just call him Rice Leach, MD.

Only for this doctor in this instance, the MD stands for “Magnificent Dancer.”

The LFCHD Commissioner of Health and his wife of 48 years, Mireille, will be participants in “Dancing with the Lexington Stars,” an annual fundraiser held by the Lexington Rotary Club. Proceeds will benefit the Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund and Surgery on Sunday. The Endowment provides funding for various charitable organizations around Lexington, including God’s Pantry Food Bank, the Hope Center and the YMCA. Surgery on Sunday, whose offices are on the second floor of 650 Newtown Pike, provides free outpatient surgical services for those who can’t afford insurance and aren’t eligible for federal or state programs.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Griffin Gate Marriot Resort & Spa. For tickets , additional information or to vote for Dr. Leach (see the “vote now” section at the bottom of the page), please visit

Dr. Leach has been visiting the YMCA before work early each morning, “getting (his) buns in shape” to do the salsa with Mrs. Leach.

The following information comes from the Tops in Lexington article, pictured above:
Rice has retired three times and survived cancer twice–and still goes to work every day. He’s held many jobs within the healthcare system, including serving as Chief of Staff to the Surgeon General, though he says that for him, he “can make a more meaningful difference by being a local health department director because that is where the action is.”

Mireille grew up in Guatemala, was a semi-professional ballet dancer in Guatemala and Central America, studied in Canada and speaks English, Spanish and French. She’s planning to just have fun with “Dancing with the Lexington Stars.” “My husband volunteered and decided that he and I ought to dance together since we have been dancing together for nearly 50 years,” she explains.

Rice, who enjoys taking photos of people having fun and listening to classical music and Dixieland Jazz, says they’ve danced in front of crowds before, but usually at social and government events. He’s not nervous, but he is struggling. “If I have to follow the organized moves, then I will look like a giraffe on ice skates,” he jokes. Mireille, on the other hand, says: “I am a Latin American lady and we are dancing salsa aren’t we?”

To view the April edition of Tops in Lex magazine, which featured Dr. and Mrs. Leach, you can visit

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