I grew up in San Francisco and studied at Stanford and UC Berkley. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador and speak Spanish with reasonable fluency. I studied epidemiology at Johns Hopkins, then attended medical school at UC San Francisco. I trained in Family Medicine in a rural California community back in the days when workload – and experience – was seemingly without limit. I took that experience and worked in the Himalayas, travelled in India for a year, and then joined the Family Medicine faculty at one of the UC Davis rural programs.
We moved to Alaska in 1995 and spent most of that time in mixed out- and in-patient care for the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. I feel strongly about dignity and access in healthcare and took that passion to a career shift in administrative medicine that lasted about five years, which was not as much fun as actually seeing patients. I spent two years practicing off the road system in rural Alaska (Bethel, Unalaska, Cordova, and Kodiak) before returning to Anchorage and joining TAHG.
I enjoy skiing, climbing, kayaking, biking, and try to be outdoors whenever possible. I am married with one college graduate and another in process.