I initially became involved in healthcare as an Occupational Therapist, out of a desire to help people in a tangible way to achieve more independence and normalcy in their lives. While working at UVA as an OT, I became more interested in the medical side of patient care, and also felt that I wanted a more significant role in the decision making process for my patients.
What brought you to Charlottesville?
I was familiar with Charlottesville because my older brother did his medical school and Internal Medicine residency at UVA. Visiting him and his family, I grew to love the town and the surrounding area. UVA was the first place I applied when I graduated from the OT program at UNC. The therapy department supported me through the process of taking the prerequisite classes for med school, and I knew that I wanted to return here for residency. By the end of residency, UVA felt like home, and I didn’t want to leave.
What excites you about your work?
I love direct patient care, especially the process of getting to know patients and helping them to achieve their priorities. I am excited to take on the role of the medical director, become better acquainted with my colleagues on the third floor, and together work toward shared goals of improving patient outcomes and the systems in which we practice.
Proudest/greatest achievement outside the professional realm?
Starting a family during med school and residency, and the ongoing process of raising 2 amazing boys.
I love literature and would like one day to spend more time doing my own creative writing.
What are you usually doing on the weekend?
Currently, I am usually spending time with my wife, Heather, and our two sons, Henry (age 2) and Charlie (age 4). Their favorite activities are bike rides (me riding the bike and the boys riding in a trailer behind me, eating goldfish and yelling “Go fast!”), playing on the playground in our backyard (they love to use the hose to turn the slide into a waterslide) and visiting the “Discovery Museum,” “C’ville Jump,” or “Bounce, Play & Create.”
Favorite vacation/activity spot?
Every summer, we go up to New Brunswick, Canada, to a cabin belonging to my wife’s parents. It is pretty removed from civilization, surrounded by woods and waterways, and is a fantastic spot to unwind. The wildlife can also be amazing: so far I’ve seen a bear, a beaver and a moose.
Most admired person, and why?
My parents are amazing people who helped me grow into the person I am today.
The best advice anyone ever gave you?
Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” (To prove it, I don’t know where this originated, but I think it’s especially important when teaching students/residents.)
What about you would surprise us?
In college, I was a member of the parliamentary debate team, and in my senior year, my partner and I won the Tennessee state championship.