Tell us a little about your background.
I grew up in the Midwest in a town called Evansville, Indiana where I also met my wife. I went to Undergraduate School in Evansville and traveled to Chicago for Graduate School. I subsequently did a residency in Chicago at Rush University Medical Center. I worked in Chicago for a few years and then relocated to Nashville to be closer to home.
What characteristics come to mind when you think of the ideal doctor?
The ideal doctor needs to be caring, compassionate, and a good listener. As a physician our time can be limited, but that shouldn’t get in the way of understanding our patients needs. It’s important to me to understand how a patient’s problem is affecting their life so I can better understand how to get them where they need to be.
What drew you to the medical field? Was there a particular moment in time where you realized that you wanted to pursue medicine professionally?
I’ll never forget what drew me to medicine. I was in college and shadowed a local Podiatrist, Dr. David Powell. He was an interesting person, friendly, and I quickly learned that he created strong relationships with his patients. He had a huge handle bar mustache and competed in world mustache competitions. I watched him working with his hands crafting custom orthotics in his office and performing surgery. This guy was incredible. Dr. Powell influenced me more than anything else. I, too, enjoy working with my hands and connecting with people which is why I decided to pursue Podiatric Medicine and Surgery.
What do you like most about living in Nashville?
Nashville is a great combination of city living and outdoors recreation. I love the hustle and bustle, the nightlife, the food and entertainment. I love it all.
What aspirations do you have both professionally and personally?
I’ve always had so much respect for my attendings and residency directors for teaching me the art of medicine and giving me the privilege to participate in the care of their patients. I hope to be able to follow in their foot steps and start a residency.
When you’re not at work, how do you like to spend your time?
When not at work I am spending time with my wife, Rachel, and dog, Pepper. We love hiking and running. Of note, we have put in more miles this past year than ever.
What’s your favorite restaurant in town? Do you know any good jokes?
My favorite restaurant is Chauhan Ale and Masala House. Celebrity Chef, Maneet Chauhan, owns the restaurant and can be seen there from time to time. Most people recognize her from the hit cooking show Chopped. I’ve had the privilege to attend one of her cooking classes, which I highly recommend.
Do you know any good jokes?
No good jokes come to mind, but I have a great sense of humor. Afterall, laughter is the best medicine 😉