Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
I started as an orderly in a West Texas ER, while waiting to start Respiratory Therapy training back in the mid-70's. After finishing the program, I worked my way up the ladder from staff therapist, to ICU therapist, to Shift Supervisor, to running the Pulmonary Function Lab, to Assistant Department Head and Clinical Coordinator for the local RT Program. It was at that point that I had to decide on whether to go for a BBA degree and be an administrator, or stay a clinician. I like taking care of people. That's what I do. I was already in my 30's. A couple of physicians I worked with asked me if I had ever thought about PA school. I looked into it and chose that path. In 1988, I completed the PA Program at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. I went into Cardiovascular Surgery and have never looked back.
What I want my patients to know about me:
I am detail-oriented and very precise in what I do. My job is to get the patient in, and do the best job I can assisting the surgeons in both the operative procedure as well as the post-operative period. I then make sure that the patient is able to be discharged safely. No one goes home unless they're safe, even if it means a short stay in Rehab. I make sure they can do all of the tasks that they will have to perform once they are home. I treat everyone as if they were a member of my own family.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
My wife and I travel to Texas twice a year to see family and the grandkids. We also travel down to the her family's farm in Northern Virginia to get away from it all. I also have a side gig, photographing equine sports such as polo, steeplechase, rodeo and show jumping.
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