Hometown: Port Orchard, WA
Undergrad: Vanguard University of Southern California
Medical School: Touro University, California
Philosophy of care: I believe that we all require more than treatment of any one isolated physical malady to approach our highest possible level of health. My goal with each patient is to listen, to understand, to educate, to bear witness to how illness has meanings beyond biology, to assist patients in being able to attend to what they value most in their lives.
Why did you choose EPFM residency: Even while living outside of Washington State, I have always considered the Pacific Northwest home. I was eager for an opportunity to return. On the day of my interview at EPFM, I met residents who I would be excited to see and work alongside on a daily basis, staff and faculty members who would serve as admirable mentors for not only my professional but also my personal life, and a scenically beautiful town of Puyallup perfect for my wife and dog to explore. What more could a guy ask for?
Medical interests: Mindfulness in medicine, patient-centered care, osteopathic manipulative treatment, public health
Personal interests/Hobbies: My greatest interest in life lies in seeking out opportunities to learn from thoughtful, wise people, especially those who hold a world-view different from my own. I am a student of meditation and the perennial philosophy. I enjoy literature; my favorite authors include Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Herman Hesse and Nikos Kazantzakis. I believe that a glass of fine Californian wine is the perfect accompaniment to a great read. However, above all else I prefer quite and simple days with my wife of 10 years, and my beagle “Bacon.”