My passion for wellness and prevention were the key to my decision to transition to a direct primary care practice. As a fee-for-service physician I always struggled to take the time necessary to focus on healthy habits, and in the last few years it became impossible to do so. Now I often spend an hour with my patients, which allows plenty of time to address "therapeutic lifestyle changes" to treat and prevent disease. Medications are an adjunct to treatment, not the primary focus. I explain the risks vs benefits of medications when needed, as well as the pros/cons of diagnostic tests, so my patients can make informed decisions about their health. I meet with my patients once a year to set health goals, and regularly follow up in office or by phone to monitor their progress in achieving them. I also use health apps to monitor progress when appropriate. I believe that my patients hire me to help them achieve healthy longevity, and that's a job I take seriously!
I grew up in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but relocated to Tampa in 1980. My educational background is as follows: Jesuit High School in Tampa, 1986 The University of South Florida, B.A. in Chemistry 1990 Emory University School of Medicine, M.D. awarded 1994; class president in my 4th year; received the Nicholas J. Pisacano, M.D. Memorial Scholarship from the American Board of Family Medicine, recognizing "future leaders" in Family Medicine The Bayfront Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in St. Petersburg, FL; Chief Resident in third year (1997). I practiced for 17 years as an employed physician with Morton Plant Mease Primary Care (now the Baycare Medical Group) in New Port Richey, FL prior to opening MyDPCdoc Family Medicine in July 2014. I have been happily married to Kara for 25 years and we have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. My hobbies include cycling, jogging, collecting antique medical books, and watching my children participate in their many activities. I believes that the secret to any success in life is faith in God's providential plan and a personal friendship with Jesus Christ, which keeps me humble and happy in the face of difficulties, and keeps me focused on my limitations and the good in others.