I have come to define quality healthcare as being patient-centered, especially in the primary care setting. With that definition comes the importance of treating the “whole person” instead of just the signs and symptoms I see. It requires me to understand my patients, communicate and build rapport with them, and learn to see things from their perspective.
Cultural sensitivity is also paramount. Respecting my patients means I am not better than them and that I understand they come to me because they trust me with their health and the health of their families.
I have worked in many different environments in my life, both stateside and overseas, and learning to respect and care for people regardless of their age, race, sexual orientation or gender has helped me build relationships that wouldn’t thrive without an understanding that we are all different, yet should all be treated equally.
I spent 10 ½ years in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer and emergency medical technician, completing two tours to Iraq. I strive to continue living my Army values of leadership, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
- Post Graduate School: Concordia University - Wisconsin (2020)
- National Commission on Certification of PA (2020)