I was born, raised, and educated in California's Central Valley. A sports medicine degree from the University of the Pacific led me toward the practice of podiatric medicine and surgery, and I entered the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. Later, I was fortunate to obtain excellent training in the podiatric surgical residency program affiliated with Legacy and Kaiser Permanente here in Portland. My wife, a nurse and program director, is the most important figure in my life, followed by my pug.
As a Kaiser Permanente podiatrist, I am fortunate to see and treat a wide range of conditions in the foot and ankle to keep our members functioning at a high level. While my approach is generally conservative, I will surgically correct conditions when it is appropriate to do so. It is rewarding to practice in an environment where decisions are not made based on a financial incentive. Our model of care at Kaiser Permanente is very patient-centered—that is, decisions for treatment are always made with the patient's best interest in mind. As a former chief of the podiatry department, I have had the opportunity to learn more about the operational side of health care. While our system has its challenges, I truly believe this model will be followed by the rest of the nation eventually, resulting in lower health care costs.
When vacation time allows, I enjoy travelling to distant places such as Belize, Provence, or Tanzania. On a weekly basis I am usually bike-commuting, mountain biking, or doing Bikram yoga in an effort to counter the stresses of work and life. Other interests that help me achieve work-life balance are cyclocross racing, wine tasting, snowboarding, and constantly searching for new music.