Kaiser Permanente physician
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The most frequent question I am asked is about my background. My grandparents emigrated from the Netherlands, so except for a few cousins, brothers, and nephews, mostly in Montana and the Dakotas, I am not related to the other folks who share my name. I grew up on the edge of the wilderness in Montana, and after a stint as an army corpsman, I went to college in Montana and then to medical school at UCLA. The weather, as well as educational and employment opportunities kept me here until this became my home.
I have greatly enjoyed practicing medicine both for the applied science and the human interaction aspects. The applied science part sometimes feels like work, but the human interaction makes it enjoyable and fulfilling. I believe strongly in the concept of universal health care. Much like air and water, I believe that whatever is available for one should be available to everyone. I believe that we all have a shared responsibility to make the supply as abundant, safe, and available as possible. I choose to work at Kaiser Permanente because it was and has remained the closest model to that ideal.
I live in Bellflower. I try to walk to work as often as my schedule permits. I have a large lot filled with fruit trees and flowers. Gardening has multiple benefits for me: exercise, healthy and exotic fruit and vegetables for family and friends, and it keeps me in touch with the earth and the cycle of life.