I chose to specialize in family medicine because of the great need for more family medicine physicians. Family practice also allows me to get to know my patients better than many other specialties. There is nothing on the planet as interesting as a human being, and my profession allows me to interact with people on a level that few other jobs would. The number one way to provide safe, effective healthcare is to educate patients and make sure I listen to and understand their story and what they want to get out of their healthcare. Patients who understand their options and the ramifications of those decisions can intelligently tailor their own healthcare plan. I enjoy almost any outdoor activity, as well as running, weight training and woodwork. My wife and I have purchased and extensively renovated several homes. I am active in scouting and love doing humanitarian medical missions as often as I can. I had the privilege of being one of the first responders after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.