Howdy! That's how we greet people where I grew up in Houston, Texas. Although you won't find a trace of a Texas drawl in my speech, I still have lots of friends and family in the Lone Star State, and visit frequently. In Texas, we value a warm welcome and a friendly smile! That’s what you’ll get when you visit me at my office.
I feel fortunate to practice bariatric medicine, also known as weight management medicine. My interest in this area stems from my own lifelong struggle with weight. I was overweight as a child. My pediatrician would chide my mother, "Ma'am, this boy has to lose weight!" As a teen, I was not picked for athletic teams, and consequently, never got into organized sports. Training to be a physician, with the high stress, chronic sleep deprivation, and 36-hour shifts contributed even more to my existing problem. I began to see that I had a lot in common with my patients, and wanted to learn more about how I could better myself as well as the patients I serve. I tried diets, programs, consultations with dieticians and physical trainers, and support groups.I am the father of two, and love spending time with my family.
My current practice is a combination of what I have learned through my personal struggle as well as lessons from modern medicine. I feel very fortunate that I have a job where helping my patients also helps me!
Thriving is VERY important to me – it is the essence of my medical practice and my personal journey. To me, it means finding balance and improving my physical, emotional, and intellectual self. I believe this begins and ends with relationships with people who share these goals. From a physical perspective, I try to get between 7 and 8 hours of sleep, and I enjoy workout classes at my gym, hiking with friends, and yoga. From an emotional perspective, I cherish time with my family. I volunteer to mentor 12th graders, and also volunteer in a San Bernardino free clinic. From an intellectual perspective, I enjoy learning about human behavior, and my work constantly challenges me in this area.