Undergraduate School and Major: New Mexico State University with a degree in kinesiology
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Life/professions/adventures prior to attending medical school: During college I worked as a scribe in the ED which started my interest in EM. For the year after graduating college I worked at Los Alamos National Lab in environmental compliance. I got married during that year, and enjoyed lots of free time before beginning medical school.
Interests / Hobbies: Playing/watching soccer, hanging out with the wife, mountain biking, gym-time, most outdoor activities, and watching The Office.
Favorite Food: Lobster and salmon, very excited to be moving to Maine.
Favorite Novels: A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Favorite Hike: Lost Lake trail to Wheeler Peak outside of Red River, NM
Favorite Ski Trail: Anything with trees and deep powder, typically at Wolf Creek, CO
Favorite Beach (doesn’t have to be in Maine): I grew up in a desert so pretty new to beaches, but Poipu beach in Kauai is beautiful.
Closest brush with a famous person: No one instance comes to mind. I’ve seen a couple Breaking Bad stars around Albuquerque, climbed with several well-known boulderers, and run into a few popular mountain bikers.
Celebrity I most resemble: One time an online doppelganger finder said my look alike is Katherine Heigl, I think it’s our smiles.
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: My craziest job was working outside of Branson, Missouri for a summer as a camp counselor for inner city youth. Those were some long, hot days, but I really enjoyed my time with campers and learned a lot from them.
If I weren’t a doctor I would be: If I weren’t in medicine, I like to think I would be adventurous enough to be a mountain bike guide or something like that, but honestly, I’d probably study engineering like my dad and brother.
Medical Interests: Rural EM, wilderness and sports medicine, ultrasound
Personal Goals: Invest in my marriage, become a good emergency physician and have fun doing it, stay in shape, and spend as much time as possible outdoors mostly biking.
Favorite Place in Maine: Unfortunately at this time I have only spent 5 days in Maine during my interview, but I enjoyed my time on Cape Elizabeth, and any place with warm, buttery lobster rolls.
Why MMC: The friendliest residents and faculty I encountered on the interview trail, impressive faculty who seem very down to earth, lots of hands-on experience in the ED, and the only level 1 trauma in the state and region. I felt that MMC would best prepare me to practice EM in a more rural area. And Portland, a beautiful city, close to the beach and the mountains, with lots of good food and beer, looking forward to the next 3 years!