I was born in a small town in Western North Dakota and raised on the family cattle ranch where I quickly learned the value of hard work. Being the oldest of three brothers taught me to be tough. Following high school, I went on to complete an undergraduate degree in zoology at North Dakota State University and continued on to Forest Grove, Oregon where I earned the Doctor of Optometry degree from Pacific University. Following graduation from Pacific University, I completed residency training in ocular disease and primary care optometry at the Roseburg Veteran's Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon. I'm a transplant to the Pacific Northwest but have come to love it and wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
About my practice
Many times in my life I have found myself to be a patient, which gives me a good opportunity to see things from the other side of the exam chair, gain perspective on what it means to be a good provider of healthcare and what I want from my own visits. I've found that I want a doctor that listens, understands my concerns and goals, is considerate and conscientious, up to date on current treatments and involves me in decision making. These are the things that are important to me as a patient and the things I make a priority as a provider. I want to make sure members of Kaiser Permanente get the best eye care available anywhere. I think we are lucky to have a great eye care team that can provide that care.
How I thrive
I am lucky to enjoy my job, I like helping people get the best from their vision so they too may thrive. I am happy being involved in research that advances vision science and improves lives. I am also very lucky to enjoy where I live. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, fishing, snowshoeing, and exploring the Pacific Northwest from the Coast to the Cascades and beyond. These are the things that help me thrive!