Degree: MD, Doctor of Medicine
Hometown: Jefferson City, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri, Columbia
After residency: Excited to find out! Still trying to decide between doing a fellowship versus going straight into independent practice. Career Interest/ Research: I have previously done research on the fitness habits and perceptions of my peers in medical school. I would love to do more movement analysis, especially as it pertains to improving function for the patients I will be working with most.
Hobbies/ Interest: Spending time with my wife Josie, hiking, hanging out with our dogs and my wife’s pony, Billie, powerlifting, singing, and beatboxing.
Why I chose to be a physiatrist: Ever since I was a young kid in tae kwon do, I really loved how the muscles worked together to make us move. I loved anatomy in medical school, especially relating to the nerves and musculoskeletal system. Luckily at MU, my medical school classes had early exposure to PM&R especially through the anatomy lab. I later became impressed with the physical exam skills of physiatrists, and eventually how I could apply that knowledge to help patients with MSK/neurological conditions. I am truly excited to be a part of this excellent field.
What I love about Columbia: I love the multitude of AMAZING places to eat, and there is a flavorful brewery scene. The paths that cut through the town and connect to the MKT trail are also excellent places to run/hike/bike with the dogs as company. With that being said, Columbia is also one of the most dog friendly places I’ve lived. Last but not least, being in Columbia places my wife and I much closer to family than anywhere else I could have picked for PM&R, with both sides residing in Mid-Missouri.
What makes MU PM&R the BEST: I was fortunate enough to get a lot of time within the department at MOI, UH, and Rusk as a medical student. One of the outstanding things was how much all the residents looked out for one another, especially if one was particularly busy, and would assist in any way they could. From all the places I interviewed, that aspect of warmth and helpfulness to your fellow resident really stood out. I am honored to be working at MU not only for that reason, but also because this was the very program that inspired me to go into PM&R.