I was born and raised in Montana and Wyoming, and joined the US Army in 1990 right out of high school. After the military, I spent 12 years working for the Montana Office of Tourism as a database analyst. I joined the fire department in the early 2000’s which led me to becoming an EMT. I worked for 3 years at St. Peter’s Hospital ambulance service and emergency department in Helena, Montana. Two PAs who I worked with in the emergency department allowed me to see how important PAs are in the team environment. The first PA was a new graduate. She was quick to learn and even quicker to get involved in even the toughest cases alongside the physicians. The second PA was a Captain in the Montana National Guard. Many times, after transporting patients to the ED, I saw seasoned physicians step aside to allow this PA to perform emergency procedures that no one else could finish. I began considering PA schools.
At that time, my personal life took a turn for the better. I met my wife and moved to Anchorage, Alaska where she had been living for about 20 years. I applied to MEDEX at the Anchorage campus and was accepted into the Anchorage Class 7 and served as vice president. After graduating, I began working at Primary Care Associates, a private urgent care/primary care clinic. I am involved with the Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants on the Board of Directors. I am currently working on my MPAS through the University of Nebraska. I started proctoring for MEDEX shortly after graduating and was asked to join the faculty. As a member of MEDEX faculty, I look forward to helping the new generations of PA students fulfill their dreams, as well as help them learn to care for our ultimate “customers”, our patients.