Q: What led you to work in primary care?
Answer: I was actually planning to become a neurosurgeon until about my 4th year of medical school. I realized that I really enjoyed interacting with all people from kids to the elderly. I wanted to be able to meet the patients and explain things to them. I did like neurosurgery, but I decided to change my field to family medicine after completing at rotation at UPMC in Altoona.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: My wife and I did some searching for jobs after medical school. We wanted to be close to my hometown of Baltimore, but also wanted a nice area to eventually raise kids. Altoona was too far away. We have some family in Frederick and Greencastle and friends in Waynesboro. Franklin County is halfway between Baltimore and my wife's hometown of State College so it worked out perfectly.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about primary care?
Answer: Patients are usually surprised to find out I'm trained in osteopathic medicine. So in cases where you might normally go see a chiropractor, you can come to your family practice instead. Many family practices also offer women's health options, including birth control. I'm actually certified in nexplanon arm implantation.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about working in Franklin County?
Answer: I'm really looking forward to working with a new group of people and becoming a part of the community. Also, I love history and was a history minor in college so I'm excited to learn more about the Civil War and the rich history of this area.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I'm a huge sports fan, especially the Ravens and the Orioles. I also love Penn State sports. I enjoy riding jet skis, eating seafood, especially steamed crabs, watching movies and I collect retro video games.