I try to focus on listening to what the patient is telling me, avoiding distractions, and keeping eye contact. I gain valuable information in having a conversation with them and feel I am better able to meet and understand their needs.
I decided to go into medicine because I have always desired to help people, preferably in a field that is mentally stimulating for me. Being a physician assistant fulfills these desires nicely for me.
Beyond caring for patients, I’m passionate about playing pickleball. I also love most all outdoor activities. I’m married with three boys and three dogs. I’m proud of my sons – one is working with robots, one is studying philosophy and one recently joined the marines. The dog’s focus is on squirrels, bunnies, and their next meal.
Qualifications and experience
- Occupational Medicine
Iowa Methodist Medical Center - University of Iowa (1982)
Physician Assistant Studies
Johns Hopkins University - Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (1979)
University of Northern Colorado (1976)
- Clinical interest for patients
I have an interest in finding how best to blend the massive amount of new medical information coming in and integrating it into a patient focused practice.