Growing up in a small town in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains gave me a strong connection to the land and to the people of our community. I learned the value of listening and relating to people. As a boy, my grandparents shared stories of their life experiences and I was not only entertained, but learned many life lessons. We lived on a small farm, and while there was always plenty of work to be done, we often took time to visit relatives and friends. It was there that I learned how important it is to be supportive for others when they are lonely, sick or suffering.
Acerca de mi práctica médica
I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after receiving an undergraduate degree in public health, I decided to pursue medicine. During the course of medical school at UNC, I did a rotation in outpatient community psychiatry where I realized I had found my specialty. Now, more than 10 years after completing residency, I continue to find this field exciting and rewarding. It is a real privilege to be able to help people through some of their most challenging times in life.My position with Kaiser Permanente as a psychiatrist offers a great fit with my background and values. The principles I learned both growing up and many years ago in public health, mesh well with Kaiser Permanente’s emphasis on quality, service and affordability.
Cómo vivo bien
To keep balance in my life, I try to remember the tasks of living well – to love, work, and play. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, gardening, movies, yoga and fitness, whitewater rafting, music (including bluegrass) and spending time with family and friends.