I’m fortunate to be from a beautiful small town called Carmel Valley, near Monterey Bay in Northern California. My father runs a non-profit arts institution, and my mother was a teacher and administrator who later worked to develop training programs for new teachers in the state of California, and restructure curricula in struggling school districts. My parents instilled in me and my siblings the importance of making a contribution to our communities. Their commitment to this principle was personified by hard work and genuine dedication. That often led to late nights and working weekends, however, it was also reflected back in the love and appreciation that results from those that were helped and supported by their efforts. I will forever be grateful to them for the inspirational example they set for us to follow.
As a kid, I was fascinated with understanding how the world around me worked. This curiosity was fostered by my wonderful parents that were willing to let me take apart pretty much anything I could get my hands on in the house. I also heard about all the interesting procedures my older brother (an orthopedic surgeon) was performing, and decided I wanted to design the tooling and prostheses he and other surgeons used to help patients. This led me to an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I then spent a year working as an R&D engineering for an eye care company called Alcon Labs. I helped develop vitreoretinal surgical devices, and was fortunate to obtain a patent for some of the work I did during that time. While I loved engineering, and the people with which I worked, I knew there was something missing. I longed to work directly with patients, and develop long-term relationships that come through taking care of families over time. After much soul searching, I decided that medicine was my real calling, and went back to school. I received a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering back at Cal Poly as way to bridge between Engineering and Medicine, and then continued to Medical School at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.
Family Medicine is exactly what I was looking for all along. It allows me to continue learning about the most fascinating system imaginable (the human body), while developing long term relationships with patients, and making a contribution to my community. I’m committed to becoming the best Family Physician I can be, and there’s no place better to accomplish that goal than Ventura County. This is a place that values compassion, thoughtfulness, service to the underserved, full spectrum training, and a love for both our patients and our profession. It’s an honor to be a part of this program, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to develop myself as a physician and person within it.