Our convenience culture has resulted in a great deal of disease in our society; we drive instead of walk and with the growth in automation, we no longer move and work as we once did; we have become very sedentary. Setting goals for a healthier lifestyle can improve and extend your quality of life and keep you motivated. I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle and hopefully serve as an example to my patients and others. Above all, I encourage my patients to get moving!
I recommend 6 basic guidelines for optimal health and share these with my patients:
Continuing my family's tradition of military service, I started my medical career as a U.S. Air Force medic. My favorite assignment was Wiesbaden, Germany where I provided critical services to U.S. military forces in Europe and State Dept. officials as well as civilians. I also participated in the care of the 52 hostages taken captive in Tehran, Iran as well as dignitaries wounded in the assassination of Egypt's President, Anwar Sadat, in 1981. Eventually, I was promoted to flight medic and for 5 years worked in the transport of the sick and injured as well as critically ill infants. As a flight medic, I was responsible for caring for patients in transit to specialized military and civilian hospitals that were located throughout the continental U.S. as well as Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean, to insure they got the best medical care available. After leaving the military, I graduated from college where I studied biology and pre-medicine and ultimately graduated from medical school. After that, I completed a 3 year residency in Family Medicine in Portland in 1996. I have been board certified since 1997. In medicine, every day presents new experiences and challenges. The exposure to this variety of issues led to my seeking a career in Family Medicine that would satisfy the need to help people in a variety of situations, of all ages, in all stages of life.