After graduating from Bethel High School in Spanaway, WA I joined the Air Force to see the world. The opportunity for me to attend PA school came shortly after returning from Saudi Arabia where I supported Operation Desert Storm. Upon completing the Air Force’s PA program, I worked in family practice and earned my Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree from the University of Nebraska. Shortly thereafter I completed a fellowship and worked in oncology and bone marrow transplant at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. In the latter stages of my military career I served as the Director of Medical Operations for the Air Force Survival School at Fairchild AFB, WA. My final military assignment was with Air Force Special Operations Command as an Aeromedical Physician Assistant; in this capacity I was honored to serve in Jordan and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After retiring from active duty I provided medical and consultative services to military survival schools. This work fueled my desire to teach; I attended AT Still University and earned a Doctorate in Health Education (DHEd). In 2014 I joined the UW MEDEX faculty and now teach Emergency Medicine, Technical Skills, Professional Role Development, and Investigative Skills. My research interests are military and survival medicine.