Class graduation year: 2016
Hometown: Concord, CA
What made you decide that medicine is the career for you?
I grew up in a home where there was a high value placed on helping and serving others. As such, I was dragged to a lot of service projects as a child. Despite some of my early resistance, I came to love service and found fulfillment in it that could not be found elsewhere. Medicine, to me, is a career that is service-oriented and I love that aspect of it. I also have always been interested in science and how the body works, so medicine was pretty much the perfect combination of my interests and values.
Where do you see yourself five years after completing your residency program?
There are really too many variables at this point to give a definitive answer, but I like the idea of living in a suburban area that is somewhat underserved, most likely somewhere in the Midwest or Southwest. I will most likely end up in private/group practice, while hopefully being able to take some time each year for humanitarian trips.
Favorite thing to do in El Paso:
Go out to eat and go for family hikes.
What do you do in your downtime?
I spend most of my spare time just hanging out with my wife and children, which mostly includes roughhousing, laughing, chasing each other around and preventing/caring for injuries. I also like to run, read/listen to podcasts on different topics of interest and follow BYU sports teams.
Three words that best describe you:
Risible, compassionate and collaborative.
Something about you that not many people know:
We have a family friend who is a photographer and previously took some stock photos of us in exchange for free family pictures. Because of this, my wife and I have had photos of us pop up in different internet advertisements. The crowning achievement for me was when we ended up in an Old Spice “Smellcome to Manhood” ad together. I guess there is some benefit to looking like I’m 17 years old.