Having recently retired from a 38-year career with the Coast Guard and being a 1980 MEDEX alumnus, I’m delighted to be returning to MEDEX as a faculty member.
Growing up as an Air Force-brat, service to country and others was strongly ingrained. While anticipating a career in the Air Force following high school, an unplanned swim from a sinking fishing boat in the cold waters of SE Alaska resulted in a close up and personal experience with a U. S. Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter and ship. Subsequently, I made a life altering change in course by joining the Coast Guard as a Hospital Corpsman and later training as a Physician Assistant, where I was honored to provide health care within an organization whose primary mission is that of saving lives.
Over the course of my Coast Guard career I received a PA Certificate from MEDEX NW; a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University; a Masters in PA Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. While providing primary and acute health care to military beneficiaries at innumerable medical facilities, I was privileged to serve as a solo-medical officer aboard several Ice Breakers, providing full spectrum health care services in extremely austere weather and geographic locations of the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Among a number of non-clinical assignments, the highlight of my military career was serving as the first Coast Guard faculty member at the U.S. Air Force and later the Interservice Physician Assistant Programs as well as the a Physician Assistant Force Manager at Coast Guard Headquarters and a Health Administrative Group Practice Manager in Hawaii with oversight of services throughout the 12.2 million square miles of the Pacific Basin.