As a teen and young adult growing up in Texas, before choosing a career in medicine, I knew that I wanted to work with kids. I completed my medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Texas. Previous practice experience includes 13 years with Kaiser Permanente in Texas before moving to private practice in Eugene, Oregon for approximately 16 years. As our children became adults and moved on, my wife and I moved to Portland, Oregon in 2013.
About my practice
Prevention is a big part of what I do as a Pediatrician every day. I feel fortunate to be able to practice with Kaiser Permanente because of our shared views about the value of prevention and using evidence and science to guide decisions in the patients' best interest. The practice of medicine involves a lot of listening before helping a family find the best option for their unique needs. I believe there is often more than one correct way of accomplishing desired health goals and outcomes.
How I thrive
In addition to my wife and two adult boys, the things that help me thrive include: swimming, hiking, ping pong, yoga, good food, biking, scuba, and travel. I have a genuine interest in public health, the relationship between policy/politics and health. I founded a community coalition to prevent childhood obesity in Lane County and, in 2015, I will serve on the Board of Upstream Public Health in Portland, Oregon.