I spend as much time on a bicycle as I can to include mountain, road, gravel, snow, commute cycling. The rest of my free time is spent adventuring in Alaska and outdoors by foot, cycle, boat, and RV.
I coach mountain biking with Mighty Bikes in the summer and the high jump at Grace Christian School, as well as with any high jumper in the state who needs some specialized help.
Free time at home involves cooking healthy, delicious food with as much Alaska grown, caught or produced ingredients as is possible.
Outpatient care is my focus. My goals are to keep people healthy and return people to health as quickly as possible.
From a wall in my home growing up: “It is nice to be important, but more important to be nice.”
I have two college-aged sons who are embarking on their own life adventures. They were raised here and are true Alaskans at heart. One won’t leave, one I suspect will return.
My parents are boaters and travel the Inside Passage every year possible. I love to join them in their adventures, and I try to keep up.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a Family Medicine doctor?
I was inspired from youth. The physician who delivered me and cared for me until I was in medical school told me never to be a family practitioner but rather become a surgeon. But I wanted to be just like Doctor Dixon and impact families like he impacted mine. He knew us, cared for us, worked us in when we were sick, gave us the facts without the sugar coating, shared his wisdom, expected greatness, and was always there.
What do you want people to understand about the way you practice medicine?
I try to practice evidence-based care and spend a lot of time keeping current with the latest science. I believe in continuity of care and make myself available to my patients, if not in person, then through the patient portal, which has expanded access and prompt care.
- Undergraduate: University of Idaho (Moscow, ID) on a volleyball scholarship where I also competed on the track team
- Medical school: I started at Northwestern University Medical School (Chicago, IL) for the first two years. Since they did not have a Family Medicine department, I transferred to Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA).
- Residency: I completed a Family Medicine Residency at Riverside Family Medicine (Newport News, VA). I then paid back medical school expenses with three years in the United States Army at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.