I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, a product of Scandinavian immigrants and Oregon Trail Pioneers. My training took me across the country to Philadelphia, Maine, and Cleveland and my service in the United States Navy took me across the ocean to Iceland. I have been back home in the Northwest for the past 16 years, all with Kaiser Permanente. My wife and I have three sons.
About my practice
I became interested in addiction medicine while in my family practice residency. Part of our training was to observe an inpatient treatment unit. I was fascinated with the disease of addiction and very impressed with how hard the patients worked to get better. This interest stayed with me and after practicing family medicine in the United States Navy for three years, I completed a fellowship in addiction medicine. I have never regretted this decision and feel it is a privilege to be able to help restore health and dignity to people who have this disease.
How I thrive
Music, sports, and woodworking help me to thrive. But mostly, it's the relationships with my wife, my sons, my friends, my co-workers, and my God that keep me going.