University of Mississippi
Weston, Louisiana will forever be what I refer to as home. Notice that I didn’t call it my “hometown”, because I don’t know if you can call Weston a town. There is a school and a gas station but if you miss the sign, you would probably never know that you were there. Although I haven’t lived in Weston for almost ten years and my parents and brother have moved to Northwest Arkansas, the relationships that I formed there will last a lifetime. After earning my B.A. in English at Louisiana Tech University, I taught high school chemistry before attending the University of Mississippi for medical school where I adopted the Rebels and many of their traditions such as learning how to yell “Hotty Toddy.”
Deciding to come to Ventura wasn’t an easy choice because I really enjoyed all of the programs where I interviewed. There were many late-night talks with my wife, Lindsay, and a lot of prayer. My goal was and still is to become a true “family” physician, which I believe is the cornerstone in our nation’s current healthcare system. I don’t know where life is going to take me but I want to be prepared when I get there. The deciding factor to come here was the right mix of surgical OB and internal medicine at this program, but living nestled between the mountains and Pacific Ocean with the southern California climate didn’t hurt either. Furthermore, being that I have three children, I can’t be more impressed with the family-friendly atmosphere here; everyone has been extremely supportive to all of us.
When I’m not wearing scrubs, I like to play golf, which can be played year-round because of the fantastic weather, and cheer for my favorite teams on TV; however, with L.A. being just an hour’s drive away (depending on the traffic) I have been to several Dodgers’ games and can’t wait to see more of the city.