A resident of Washington State for more than 40 years, I was born in Washington, D.C. and spent my youth in the southeast United States. I received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry in 1981 at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg.
I moved to Darrington, Washington in 1980 to work for the U.S. Forest Service on a fire crew. After working in the woods for seven years, including logging for Reese Bros., I returned to school to pursue a career in medicine. I graduated magna cum laude when I received my bachelor degree as a physician assistant in 1988.
In 1988, I began my career in family medicine. Since then, I have worked in community health, emergency medicine, interventional radiology and spent 14 years at North Cascade Family Physicians’ Urgent Care Clinic. In October, 2019 I returned to family medicine and started managing a panel of patients. My medical career has come full circle.
When I’m not at work, I’m probably outdoors. In the spring, I avidly hunt wild turkeys and am a self-proclaimed “shoot and release” hunter. Other times, I might be out backpacking, whitewater rafting, or mountain biking with my wife of more than 40 years. A claim to fame is that at the age of 10, I placed second in the Charlotte, North Carolina swimming championship in the 50-yard butterfly. In 2012, I was inducted into the South Carolina State College swimming Hall of Fame.