Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
Up until my mid 30s, I had a variety of occupations. However, it was not until I began my training to become a volunteer EMT that I gained insight into the medical field and realized healthcare was my calling. I went back to school as a nontraditional student and became an registered nurse and then a certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP). As a CRNP I can diagnose and treat acute and chronic illness, as well as counsel and guide patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices. Being a CRNP allows me to bring a unique perspective to health care, emphasizing both care and cure.
What I want my patients to know about me:
Health care is not an individual effort, but requires a partnership between the patient and the healthcare provider in order to achieve optimal results. I believe in the following; focusing on the whole person when treating health problems; counseling my patients on the effects those problems will have on their health, their loved ones, and the community; and providing essential information to my patients regarding preventative healthcare so that they know when early intervention is needed.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I have an extremely supportive loving wife of 41 years, three adult children and three grandchildren. Of course, I can’t leave out the other two family members: Lodi and Butch, our family dog and cat. I like to travel, hike, bicycle, work around the house, be outdoors and spend time with my family.