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I attended medical school at the University of Rochester and then completed my internal medicine residency there. In part, my father’s work as a general practice physician when I was growing up influenced my decision to go into family medicine. As a child, I would go with my father on rounds in the hospital, back when general practice physicians visited patients in the hospital. I knew I wanted to take care of people longitudinally, throughout their entire lives. It is very special to me to be able to follow people throughout all the illnesses they encounter in life and being there for all life’s milestones as well.
I am originally from Huron, so I came home. I practiced with my father the first year and then he retired. I came back to this area because I wanted to practice in a smaller community than I had trained in because that creates accountability for care. I see my patients out socially and I know them personally. I love it!
I also think this area is a great place to raise a family. I’m happy that young people are moving back here. For my family, we like being close to a metropolitan area, but still have the communal aspect of small town.
In 1981, I was a specialist as an internal medicine doctor. Now, the whole milieu has changed, for the better. Firelands has excellent quality of care. Our region is truly fortunate to have Firelands Regional Medical Center. It is a unique asset to our community, in part, because of where we are located geographically between Toledo and Cleveland and, in part, because we have maintained our independence from larger systems. I think that the Board of Directors and Administration have always been very community-minded and the hospital has enjoyed a lot of community support to maintain its independence to continue to evolve into the hospital it is today. The resources that are now available at Firelands means I can focus on primary care. I think it is a really exciting time to practice medicine. I feel privileged to be a part of that, think my relationship with patients is important, and that primary care will make a difference for everyone’s quality of life.