I was raised in Vancouver, WA. I went to college at BYU and also served a 2-year mission in Arequipa, Peru before joining the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine as part of the inaugural class. My wife, Ellie, and I, saw our family grow during medical school. My son, Thomas, was born during my MS1 year, and my daughter, Annabelle, was born during my MS4 year.
As a homegrown Washingtonian, I was eager to take advantage of the opportunity that the College of Medicine offered to return to my hometown of Vancouver for the clinical portion of my medical education. I learned Spanish as a missionary in Peru and plan on making the treatment of Spanish-speaking Northwest communities a major part of my future practice.
Following training, I plan on returning to the Pacific Northwest with my family to practice as a community otolaryngologist.