I was born and raised just outside the city limits of Topeka, Kansas. I’ve always enjoyed activities that get me active and outside, including rock climbing, hiking, camping, wakeboarding and snowboarding. Having both my parents in the medical field, I was no stranger to the world of medicine as a child, but it wasn’t until college that I finally made the decision to commit to this career path. I attended medical school at the University of Kansas, where I quickly learned that I had an interest in disease prevention and care of the underserved. These interests led me to take a gap year after my second year of medical school to get my Master of Public Health degree. I also have a passion for living a healthy lifestyle and I believe that the way you live plays a significant role in your health. I think these were significant factors drawing me into family medicine. Few specialties let you engage with your patients on a recurrent basis and allow you the opportunity to counsel patients on prevention and lifestyle in meaningful ways to the extent that family medicine does.
I chose Cox Family Medicine Residency first and foremost because of the people. After my interview, I knew I was going to have a hard time finding another program with such high quality, caring individuals. It was easy to tell that this was a program that genuinely cared about its residents. I was further impressed by the fact that it is located in the setting of a state-of-the-art, large medical center with no other residency programs in the area, all surrounded by the gorgeous Ozarks.
My wife/dentist, Camille, has been with me throughout much of my medical education and has been a huge support for me. In our free time we enjoy playing with our maltipoo puppy named Teddy, rock climbing and spending time at the lake.