I grew up in the small community of Vashon Island. Prior to medical school, I experienced many other lines of work, including as a painter, landscaper, laboratory science tech (worked on the Human Genome Project), pizza cook (Northlake Tavern anyone?), and an in-home health aid. My undergraduate and medical school studies were at the University of Washington. I moved to Olympia, Washington for residency training and became the program's chief resident.
I enjoy practicing the full scope of family medicine, including obstetrical care. Other professional interests include orthopedic injuries, physical fitness, and addiction medicine. I feel my role as a physician is to support and guide people as they make individualized choices regarding their health.
I am married to a Western Washington University graduate and have two daughters and a son. Much of my spare time is spent running and playing rodeo with my kids. I particularly enjoy long distance trail running. I have dabbled in triathlon racing, but now find myself developing a greater fondness for less competitive activities. Our family recently created our first garden together, which has provided great fun and great meals.