Pediatrics, Third-Year Resident and Chief Resident
I am originally from West Michigan. I grew up in a small town called Fruitport.
I attended Medical University of the Americas in the Caribbean, on a very small island called Nevis. My 3rd year of medical school was primarily completed in Chicago, Ill., and my fourth year sent me to Chicago, Flint (Hurley Children’s Hospital), and Muskegon, Mich., for away rotations.
What brought you here to Michigan?
I am originally from Michigan - born and raised in a very small town called Fruitport, about 10 miles from Lake Michigan. I grew up in a small home settled on 5 acres and along a dirt road. My neighbors always had horses, cows, goats, pigs, and chickens. I went to undergraduate school at Michigan State University, East Lansing, where I studied Psychology with a focus in Human Biology. After graduating, I went out to Boston and attended the University of Massachusetts, Boston, for 1 year before beginning medical school in the Caribbean. I came back to Michigan because of family, friends, the four seasons, the beautiful scenery, including lakes, as well as state and national forests, and, of course, because of the hospitable “mid-west” attitude that is employed here.
Why did you choose your specialty?
The field of Pediatrics offers a unique opportunity not only to influence a patient, but also, hopefully, to influence a community and even a generation.
Family fun facts:
My wife Katie and I recently bought out first home in Flushing, Mich., where we have been raising our two kids, Cameron (4years) and Ellie (2 years) during my residency training. Both Katie’s and my families currently live on the west side of the state.