Hometown: Sheridan, Wyo.
College: University of Wyoming, Laramie
Medical School: Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, Glendale
Outside Interests: I’m a big fan of the outdoors, so that’s usually where you’ll find me if I have some free time. I was raised in the Big Horn Mountains above Sheridan, Wyo., and have spent a large portion of my life camping, hunting, fishing, and hiking. My other big passion is music. I’ve played the guitar since I was 12 and like to do covers, and occasionally write my own songs. Outside of those two things, I enjoy sports and competition, spending time with my family and friends, and trying new things. Recently I’ve taken up woodworking and have created the vast majority of the furniture in my home. I also recently switched from snowboarding to skiing after snowboarding for 10+ years.
Medical Interests: Being so involved with the outdoors throughout my life, I find wilderness medicine fascinating and extremely helpful in tough situations. Sports have also made a large impact on my life, so getting involved in sports medicine and continuing to be involved in sports through my career would be awesome. In the long run, I’m hoping to settle down in a rural area somewhere in the mountains as a rural family medicine physician.
Life before Medicine: Before deciding to pursue medicine, most of my interests involved sports. I played football, track, and baseball in high school, and was on the University of Wyoming football team for a short time. I also spent a lot of my time getting fresh air and seeking adventure in the mountains. My family means more to me than anything. I would have never made it this far without them.
Favorite Music: I’m not that picky when it comes to music. It kind of depends on the day. Some of my all-time favorites are Eric Church, Steve Moakler, The Holdup, Iration, and Blink 182.
Favorite Movies: Tarantino movies, The Longest Yard, Friday Night Lights, Book of Eli, and 80s spoofs.
Why you chose MFMR: The biggest reason for me would probably be the incredibly fun, kind and patient nature of the existing residents and faculty. During my sub-internship as a fourth-year medical student, I don’t recall a single moment when I didn’t feel like I was a part of the team. I was constantly challenged by new obstacles and new ways of thinking. Everyone was always willing to take the time to teach or explain something if I seemed unsure. I knew by the end of my sub-internship that this was where I wanted to be. They also offer a track in wilderness medicine, which was extremely appealing to me, and plenty of nearby areas for outdoor activities and exploring. Luckily, Billings has always been my second hometown. I was born here, and half of my family lives here, with the other half located only a short drive away in Wyoming.