Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Medical School: Kansas City University - Joplin, MO
Career/Research Interests: Preventative medicine, primary care, rural medicine
After Residency: General pediatrics, probably in a rural setting
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, biking, playing with my cats, bowling, watch sports (football, basketball, hockey, baseball)
Bio: My identical twin brother and I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. In 2012 I started school on the other side of the state in Brookings, South Dakota at South Dakota State University. My main motivation for starting school at SDSU was the marching band, The Pride of the Dakotas, and being able to stay with my brother who wanted to pursue pharmacy at SDSU. Things ended up working out very well though and I met my future wife in the marching band at SDSU. My brother became a pharmacist in Gillette, Wyoming and I took a year off before medical school and worked as a Microbiology Teaching Assistant, a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home, and bottle-fed baby kittens Maggie and Theodore we ended up keeping and still have in Columbia. After that year I was accepted to the inaugural campus for Kansas City University in Joplin, Missouri. My now wife had just finished Nursing school and moved down to Joplin with me. In Joplin we made so many wonderful friendships and memories. I was a tutor and student ambassador at KCU and was also the secretary for our chapter of SOMA in Joplin. I proposed on July 4th 2018, she said yes and we began to plan our wedding for May 2020. During my 3rd year I did most of my rotations in South Dakota and worked with an amazing Pediatrician in Watertown, South Dakota, Dr. Nina Bishop, who helped solidify my choice to pursue Pediatrics. After 3rd year my wife and I were preparing for our wedding, but due to COVID we had a ceremony on Facebook live with an person ceremony later on May 2021. My wife and I picked Mizzou because we loved the area. There is so much to do in Columbia, such as hiking, biking and food! In addition to the area, I loved my interview day I got the feeling that everyone was a tight knit family and I could feel the culture of learning and growth even though we were on Zoom for my interview season!