Dr. Ricks was born and raised in South Eastern Idaho. He graduated from Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. He did his undergraduate study at Brigham Young University-Idaho. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Optometric Physicians of Washington. Dr. Ricks gained his experience through disease sites at the Indian Health Service Hospital in Montana and at the Omaha Eye and Laser Institute in Nebraska. He also worked with patients in a Low Vision Institution in Philadelphia, PA.
He has been married for 14 years and has two daughters and two sons. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and church activities. He served a LDS church mission in Argentina for 2 years from which he is fluent in Spanish.