You have been a primary care provider here at Ministry for six years. What drives you?
I always wanted to be in primary care. It’s the most challenging, rewarding field for helping people. There’s always an unexpected challenge, and I enjoy constantly learning and researching to provide my patients with the best care.
What is your philosophy of care?
I believe a doctor should practice what he preaches. When I give my patients lifestyle and diet advice, I always try it first myself. Then I know it’s safe and what it takes to do it. An example is the caveman diet: low carb, and more protein and greens, nuts, fruits and vegetables. Fewer processed foods and more exercise. It doesn’t cost any money, and it has helped many of my patients.
You have a specialty in sleep medicine. Why is this important?
Sleep is connected to all aspects of health. As a physician, it’s important to look at the whole picture – that includes day and night. It’s an amazing feeling to help patients who didn’t realize that sleep was connected to their problems, and had adapted to living with poor sleep but were suffering. Getting control of their sleep is often life changing for them.
How do you stay healthy?
Our family has a YMCA membership, and I enjoy cardio workouts and follow my diet. With three children, we stay active and take many outings in our local parks. I also like to draw and paint – I participated in art in college and it’s always been a passion of mine.
What drove you to enter the field of medicine?
My mom was a nurse, and that influenced me, I believe. Once I committed to medicine, I was really drawn in. It’s a lot of work, but keeping people from suffering when it’s preventable is the best thing in the world. I enjoy the relationships with families, seeing those patterns and helping people make changes. That’s really rewarding.