Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
Losing both of my parents has been the greatest challenge I have faced in my life. I lost my father to metastatic lung cancer when I was 8 years old and my mother to metastatic breast cancer when I was 19. The loss of my parents at a young age, particularly my mother since she was my last living parent, has allowed me to develop passion and empathy for helping others who are suffering. This goal of helping others is what led me to the medical field.
What I want my patients to know about me:
Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience. Chronic pain has a way of eroding at our quality of life. Each person’s experience of pain is unique, and not everyone’s pain fits neatly into the same box, which means that treatment must be customized individually. I will work tirelessly to help individualize my patients’ care plan to best fit their needs. Pain can be treated with medications, injections, physiotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mind-body techniques, and more. Often a combination of modalities can be most effective.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
When I am not seeing patients, I am spending time with my wife and two children. Being a father is an absolute joy, and it never gets old seeing how happy their little faces are when I get home at the end of each day. I also believe in taking good care of my body by exercising five or six days per week. I am an avid sports fan, especially football—go Cowboys!