Where were you born?
I was born in Ames and lived there for 13 years before moving to Earlham, whereI graduated from high school.
Where did you go to college?
I received an undergraduate degree in Marketing from the University of Northern Iowa and then made the decision to go back to school for pre-medical classes after spending a year out of school.
I did my pre-med prerequisites at Iowa State, and my medical school education at Des Moines University. My residency was completed at Mercy Family Practice Residency Program.
Tell us about your family.
My wife and I have two rottweilers named Newman and Eli. My wife and I met playing rugby – I played on the men’s team and she played on the women’s team.
Tell us briefly about your current career.
I work at The Iowa Clinic in Family Practice. I particularly enjoy the preventative medicine aspects of my job and helping people lead more healthy lifestyles in general.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love all things football. I also enjoy watching movies and woodworking – in particular, cutting down the trees and milling up the wood myself.
What do you like most about living and/or working in Waukee?
It’s great to be part of a community that is growing so quickly and to serve the communities in which I spent my high school years. Seeing people from these familiar communities is a neat part of my job.
What motivates and inspires you?
Seeing people take charge of their own health and take steps to improve their health is a cool part of what I do.
It’s very rewarding when patients come in excited to report improvements in their health – whether they’ve quit smoking, reached a fitness goal, made improvements in their blood sugars, or achieved anything they are excited about.