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I learned to be self-motivated and self-reliant at a very early age. I enjoyed playing sports in High School and college and respected my coaches. I saw traits in them I wanted to emulate. I modeled myself after hard working role models, like my coaches, who built strong teams and who cared and guided their players.
It’s often difficult to pin-point that exact moment in your life when you’ve decided your career direction. I’ve always had a desire to help people for as long as I can remember and discovered I had a strong interest in biology. As I was packing bags at the local grocery store, I realized that I could have a rewarding career in medicine and fulfill my desire to help people for a better good. It was at that point my career was born.
I loved the science of medicine and after hearing a lecture presented by an Osteopathic physician, my direction was clear. The Osteopathic philosophy of looking at the entire patient, not just organs and systems, resonated with me. Health promotion and disease prevention would break down the barriers to good health.
As your healthcare team, we share a philosophy that the patient is a whole being. My certified medical assistant, Molly, takes time daily to listen and understand our patients’ challenges, especially with our seniors. She does a tremendous job of connecting with our patients so they feel valued. Her interaction helps to make my patient connection with them even stronger. As a team, we are very sensitive to everyone’s time so we try to stay on task to be sure everyone has the same experience.
Five rules for keeping healthy:
It’s hard work to stay healthy and especially as we age. My patients know that it’s difficult, but never sidestep or take the easy way to achieve good health.
On a side note... Ever hear of doctors not being the best patients? Sometimes we find it difficult to follow our own advice. Like a lot of men I consider myself to be active and fairly healthy with no need to see a doctor. We feel invincible. Recently after a random check of my blood pressure, I was shocked to find it relatively high. We continue to eat in the same way we did as youthful individuals, yet forget that our bodies change as we age and, as such, metabolizing food changes with it. As a result, I eat healthier, check on my blood pressure regularly, and have scheduled an annual physical. Take time and schedule an appointment before you have a medical emergency!
On my days away from the office, I can be found spending time with my wife and children and have a standing date with my wife for ballroom dancing once a week. In those rare moments when nothing is planned, I can be found enjoying a round of golf or two or fly fishing.
You can find this practitioner at the following clinics:Happy Valley Clinic