I am a 'Midwesterner' happily transplanted to the Northwest. I enjoy the power and drama of the Pacific Coast and the grandeur of Mount Hood. I was attracted to my field of plastic surgery because of the great variety of problems and solutions we encounter. My wife and I have four children and we enjoy cross-country skiing, biking, and family trips together. I enjoy playing basketball, music (multiple instruments), and trying to live in the moment when I can.
About my practice
I try to approach each patient as I would a relative. I don't want you to be upset with me at Thanksgiving dinner! That helps me judge the best recommendation for treatment. The biggest challenge in my practice is to help set accurate expectations about what can be done and what result might occur. If the patient and I can get on the same page, usually the surgical experience is a positive one.
How I thrive
I try to live life one day at a time and be present in the moment. Too often we are distracted by the future and past. My dogs are like satellite dishes of the present moment, totally focused on now. This idea may be simple, but in medicine we are often pulled in many directions at once and this can cause the time spent to be of poorer quality. So, if I can live and work as much as I can in the here and now, that is how I thrive.