I was born and raised in Youngsville, Pennsylvania. I attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and did my family medicine internship at Tripler Army Medical Center, where I was chief academic resident. As a physician in the U.S. Army, I got the chance to move to Hawaii, where I was stationed first at Tripler Army Medical Center and then at Schofield Barracks. At one point, while living in Liberia, I served as an instructor on the Defense Department Ebola Training Team, and I’ve participated in numerous humanitarian missions around the world. I thank my wife, my greatest support, for encouraging me at the age of 38 to go back to medical school.
I was always interested in math and science and knew as a child that I wanted to be a doctor. I was inspired by my family physician, who made house calls throughout his 40-year career. Family medicine was my specialty of choice because I enjoy caring for people across the stages of life—from infancy through the golden years. As a family physician I also get to know and treat whole families with a range of health care needs.
In terms of research, I presented a case report about fever related to an Epstein-Barr infection at professional meetings of the Hawaii Academy of Family Physicians and the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians. I also discussed my research on spinal cord injury resulting from surfing accidents at the annual Donald A. Pearson Poster Session at Tripler Army Medical Center.
In order to remain current with the constant changes in medicine, I subscribe to the American Family Physician, The Journal of Family Practice, and the Uniformed Family Physician. My professional organizations, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Uniformed Services Academy of Family Physicians, also provide current information in my specialty. I collaborate with colleagues, and I teach students and residents, which requires that I always be up-to-date.
As a physician with the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group (HPMG), I enjoy the collaborative approach to care as well as the emphasis on patient-centered medicine.
I believe in treating the whole person. My approach involves patients being partners in their care and takes into account their emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual needs. First and foremost I believe in listening to my patients, because they’ll tell me what's wrong if I take the time to really listen. Getting to know my patients and their families on a personal level allows me to provide them the highest level of care.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, walking, and going to the beach with my family. To stay mentally alert, I listen to classical music and dabble in amateur astronomy. I also enjoy cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with my wife and four dogs.