I’m glad to have the opportunity to present my credentials to you and share other information about myself. It’s very important that you feel comfortable with your personal physician, and I hope this page will help you start to get to know me.
My family moved here from Pennsylvania in 1951. My father started work at Kaiser Steel, and I have been a member of the Kaiser Permanente health care system since then. I’m married. I have a wonderful wife and great kids and grandchildren. I chose the specialty of family medicine because it’s the only area of medicine where I can care for people at every stage of life, from newborns to people progressing into their later years. Each age has its unique qualities and challenges.
I feel that healthy living and preventive care are the best ways to stay healthy, but I am also here to help you when you are sick. I want to be your partner in health, and it helps me better care for you when you are actively involved in taking care of your health. I sometimes use the analogy that the patient is the captain of the ship, and I’m the navigator. I can recommend the course, but the captain has the ultimate decision regarding the course to take.
In my late 40s, I was overweight and in poor condition. One of my patients who was in his 70s encouraged me to start hiking. Since then, my wife and I have enjoyed getting out and walking. I set a goal of climbing Mount Whitney before age 50. I missed it that year due to poor trail conditions, but I’ve reached the summit multiple times since then. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. I get great inspiration from my patients, including the hikers in their 70s, the 80-year-old who participated in the Senior Olympics, the marathoners and cyclists of all ages, and the patients who do water aerobics or chair exercises. I admire all of my patients who try to participate in some form of physical activity.