Why did you choose a career in orthopaedic surgery?
I was always interested in medicine, but once I learned more about orthopaedic surgery, I immediately fell in love. I really enjoy being able to restore function to an individual. I find that patients are so grateful when you help them return to their previous level of activity or even help them remain independent. It is also, simply, a lot of fun. There are so many ways to treat orthopaedic injuries and so many implants and tools that we use on a daily basis that the "job" is, truly, never boring. On the flip side, this guarantees a lifetime of learning as there are always new treatment methods being developed. I love learning and growing as a surgeon.
What do you enjoy most about being a doctor?
More than anything, it is seeing the smiles on patients' faces when they come back to see me after surgery. These smiles definitely motivate me on a daily basis. It is truly rewarding to be able to impact these patients' lives by physically working with your hands.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to be active. I try to run frequently throughout the week or do weight training. Having recently returned home after nine years in the Air Force, I really love spending time with my family, particularly my nieces and nephews. I love traveling around the world and experiencing different cultures, also a byproduct of spending time overseas with the Air Force.
What is something that you want patients to know about you?
It is an honor and a privilege to have patients trust me with their well-being. I never take that for granted and am humbled every day that someone would implicitly trust me and allow me to participate in their care.
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