My personal interests are varied but include time with my family, camping, fishing and the performance and recording of popular music. As a former professional musician I still play when I get the chance, but it’s more as a hobby now.
By its very nature, Family Medicine demands interest in a wide spectrum of subject material as we deal with almost every imaginal problem at one time or another. That said however, I have a special interest in cardiac, orthopedic, and gastrointestinal medicine.
“Change is the end result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia. If you learn something new and important, it will always change you in some way.
My family is somewhat scattered around the country and we don’t see each other as often as we would all like. Thanks to the technology available today, however, we stay in touch and regularly send pictures, jokes and stories until we can be together again. It works for us. We are separated by distance but are still close.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a Family Medicine doctor?
The decision to become a family doctor was an easy one for me. I did not want artificial boundaries and limitations put on my evaluation of patients. I think that good medicine comes from understanding the patient, their environment, and their family situation. I want to be the kind of doctor that my patient is comfortable seeing or any problem that comes up at any age. This requires trust and a relationship that I feel can only be found in Family Medicine.
What do you want people to understand about the way you practice medicine?
I like to think that I treat my patients as friends who come to me for help with whatever situation they may have going on at that moment. In Family Medicine, that could be anything from a tragedy involving themselves or a loved one, to needing a well-child check to start the school year, or anything in between.
We have the honor of looking through a window into our patients’ lives and, having experience in a multitude of situations over the years, may be able to help with theirs, be it medical or not. Sometimes reassurance is all that is needed, sometimes it is something more ominous is going on. Either way, as a family doctor I am happy to do my best to help in any way that I can. I like to think my patients know and appreciate that.
- Undergraduate: BS in Biological Sciences, University of Alaska (Anchorage, AK), 1994
- Medical school: University of North Dakota School of Medicine (Grand Forks, ND), 1998
- Residency: Alaska Family Medicine Residency (Anchorage, AK) 2001