I went to college and medical school at the University of South Dakota and then completed my family practice residency at the University of Nebraska. After residency, I spent 6 months working as a locum tenon, first on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico and then at a clinic in rural Iowa.
My first permanent job was at a federally qualified community health center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Lincoln is a city with similar demographics as Harrisonburg. It has a large refugee resettlement program, several big manufacturing companies, and the University of Nebraska. At People’s Health Center, I started out as a family practitioner and worked my way up to the position of medical director.
After 7 ½ years in Lincoln, I worked at a community health center in Iowa before moving to Virginia to be closer to family. In addition to my practice, I also fill in when needed at one of the clinic sites for Central Virginia Health Services (CVHS), a community health network with clinics throughout the state, in both urban and rural areas. I am also in the process of getting my master’s degree in international public health. I think that every place I have lived in and traveled to has opened my eyes to another piece of the world and has made me a better physician.
The beauty of family practice is being able to see patients of all ages and backgrounds. What I like about my practice is that I can really get to know my patients. I learn about their histories, their backgrounds, their families. Often, we overlook the importance of these elements as they relate to diagnosing and treating medical problems. It is definitely not easy to be a solo practitioner these days, but it is well worth the challenges!
Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
University of Missouri at Kansas City
University of Nebraska Medical Center
USCIS Civil Surgeon
American Board of Family Medicine
Certified in Family Medicine
NE State Medical License
IA State Medical License
VA State Medical License