I decided to become a physician because I wanted to care for families, to get to know them and walk through the journey of life together. After practicing medicine for the past 2 decades, as much as the world has changed, I have found that healthcare is still best delivered through a trusting relationship between the doctor and patient. There is no substitute for time with patients. I love practicing medicine when we can make decisions together, discussing the options and then crafting a plan that will work best for patients.
I am a fan of promoting wellness and preventing illness and so my wife and I co-authored, The Rest of Health, a book written to provide concrete strategies for both physical and mental health. We also speak and teach seminars on topics including anxiety, depression, nutrition, fitness, setting limits and long-term healthy living. I have a passion for international medicine and have done medical work in both Kenya and Papua New Guinea.
My undergraduate degree was at Duke University and then I graduated at the University of Washington school of medicine. I completed my training at Tacoma Family Medicine residency. Early on in my career, I realized that our healthcare system was expensive and inefficient. I wanted to help transform our system through a novel healthcare model called, “Direct Primary Care.” I served as president, owner, and founder of Paladina Health Medical Group to help in the transformation of employer-based healthcare in the US. Currently, I am serving as the Chief Medical Officer of Hint Connect, a revolutionary health benefits platform that provides employers and employees with an alternative to traditional health benefits by providing access to the nation's direct primary care clinicians.
I live in Litteton with my wife Sonya, 2 teenagers (Colton and Lily) and 2 dogs (Jessie and Max).