Primarily this is my family. I also love to fly and am building an airplane. I enjoy tinkering to see if I can make something work.
I love Family Medicine because of the variety of patient issues and personalities. I have found that managing my pain patients is both challenging and rewarding, probably because I can relate to the needs of these patients. A number of my patients have become like family.
Also, I am becoming more and more intrigued by psychiatry/psychology and its effects on illness.
From the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, “When you walk through the storm, hold your head up high, and don’t be afraid of the dark…“ — Oscar Hammerstein II
I’ve been married to my wife, Mary, for nearly 50 years. I have one daughter Luan, a son-in-law Jorg, and two growing grandkids, Sami and Freya, who are both growing like weeds and very involved in life and hockey.
When did you realize that you wanted to become a Family Medicine doctor?
Early in my career I was a pilot and a construction worker. I decided to become a doctor in my 30’s after being inspired by the extraordinary care given to my young child.
What do you want people to understand about the way you practice medicine?
Number 1: It is your body and my job is only to advise. I cannot force you to do anything. Hopefully I can help equip you with the tools that may help your situation, such as those where you supply the treatment. For example, you lose weight, which helps you decrease your blood pressure, your diabetes numbers, and arthritis pain.
Number 2: The treatments that I can provide, encouragement, testing, medications and referrals.
I realize that not many of us are perfect, most especially, not me. I recognize that life gets in the way. I’ve learned an awful lot from my patients, and I try to laugh more than I cry.
Bloom where you are planted!
- Undergraduate: Arkansas College, 1987
- Medical school: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, 1991
- Residency: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, AHEC Fort Smith, 1994