I was born and raised in a small town in southwest Missouri. Growing up, I loved to be outdoors camping, hiking, and riding bicycles. I think that is what drew me to a career in construction, where I worked for many years. Although I loved working construction, I eventually decided to return to school and pursue a new career. Wanting a career that would prove to be challenging and rewarding, I believe medicine was the perfect choice. Family medicine, in particular, allows the physician to help patients in all aspects and eras of life. I hope to someday return to the rural area where I was raised and practice as a small-town family medicine physician.