Family Medicine, Sun City West
What is your hometown? / Where did you grow up?
I was born in Tacoma, Washington. I grew up in Auburn, Washington, located between Seattle and Tacoma Washington. I received my Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University in Washington and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting at Western Washington University.
What brought you to Phoenix?
I completed my Family Medicine residency at St. Joseph's Hospital in downtown Phoenix. I remember around the time of my interview at St. Joseph's, my wife and I had two very young boys and was firmly rooted in Seattle. I left Seattle on a cold, wet December morning and arrived in Phoenix, where it was 80 degrees. Yes, the sunny weather affected part of my decision; however I was really drawn to the excellent residency program at St. Joseph's Hospital.
Where did you attend Medical School? What is your fondest Medical School Memory?
I attended Medical School located on the island of St. Maarten, Caribbean. My fondest memory of medical school is looking back and realizing that I had actually lived for two years on a tiny island in the Caribbean. It was a surreal experience. My other fond memory is that I spent one year of my clinical training at several hospitals around London, England.
How did you choose your area of Specialty?
I realized by my fourth year of medical school that I wanted to purse family medicine. During medical school, the student is exposed to almost all areas of medicine. At the same time, I realized where my interests were and where I could see myself long-term. I truly enjoyed the variety and challenges that come with Family Medicine. I enjoy the wide variety of age groups I would see on any given day. I remember there were days when I would see a pregnant patient in clinic, deliver a baby, see a newborn baby, and go to a nursing home to see some patients after work on the way home. One of the most rewarding reasons for me to be in Family Medicine is that a physician-patient relationship is formed and you grow older with the patient.
Do you have any areas of special interest?
I enjoy preventive medicine. I work hard on keeping my patients up to date on the latest recommendations and evidence-based medicine. My goal is improve their quality of life, and to try to keep them out of the hospital. As a primary care physician I am the best resource for patients to get connected to a variety of programs and services that can help achieve this goal.
What made you decide to work at CMG?
I know colleagues who have worked for Cigna Medical Group and I became interested in their clinic model. I know some other colleagues who also are in private practice and I was not interested in having to worry about maintaining the practice in addition to seeing patients. Cigna Medical Group allows me to do what I like to do best - take care of patients.
What has been your best experience working at CMG?
I enjoy the freedom that CMG gives me in taking care of my patients. I enjoy the support Cigna Medical Group gives me and that we have specialists within our group which are only a phone call away.
Tips during the holidays to stay healthy / tips to stay on a healthy diet:
Make sure you get your annual physical and that you are up to date with your vaccinations. Get your flu shot if you haven't already, some of our locations have walk in availability for flu shots, click here to see when and where. Another important tip is to have open conversations with your primary care physician - ask if you are up-to-date with all of your screening tests. Screening tests prolong life by detecting certain cancers early. Exercise up to a goal of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week - and reach for that smaller dinner plate.