I was born and raised in New Jersey, the youngest of three children. I was fortunate to attend Stanford University, where I completed my undergraduate education in human biology. After Stanford, I went to the University of Michigan for a Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH). This training allowed me to live in Guatemala for two years, working on health care programs for the rural poor and it was there that I decided to attend medical school. After teaching high school Spanish and Biology for three years to prepare for medical school admission, I was accepted to attend Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. I met my wife in our first year of medical school. We completed our post-graduate training in San Antonio, Texas. We have been married for 12 years, and have twins.
About my practice
I enjoy providing care to a wide range of patients: male and female, young and old, from all walks of life. I am fluent in Spanish, and enjoy providing care to Latinos in their native language. The Rockwood clinic challenges me with patients from all over the world. Patients originally from other countries have different diseases and different beliefs about what they feel may be wrong with their body. I may not have all the answers all the time, but I study and research new problems every day. I enjoy teaching my patients about their health, and explaining or clarifying complicated medical information. Every patient is different: I work hard with each person to come up with a plan to improve their health.
How I thrive
The Portland, Oregon area offers so many opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. My family and I love to go to the parks, hike to waterfalls, and ski Mt. Hood in the winter. Twice a year we try to get away for a week and travel. We also enjoy time at home with our family and friends.