My family and I have been a part of the Arkansas Valley since 2002 and are committed to the health and well-being of those residing here. I hope that our experience overseas and in the local area will enable me to better serve the needs of people here. I am passionate about preserving high-quality medical and obstetrical care in our rural community.
- Tulane University School of Medicine
- Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Pacific Lutheran University
- In His IMAGE Family Medicine Residency, Tulsa, OK
- My family served in northern Uganda from May 2017 to December 2018, working with the host community (Madi tribe of Uganda) and South Sudanese refugees. I worked in a refugee camp of 150,000 people, seeing patients and teaching staff. I also served as Pediatric Attending Physician at the district government hospital with a catchment population of 300,000.
- I worked with Dr. Schmucker from 2016-2017. Since 2002, he was a valuable mentor and teacher to me.
- I left Valley-Wide in 2009 to prepare to move to South Sudan, where my family and I were asked to help establish a hospital for women and children. I worked in the emergency department at Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center from 2009-2011, and in June 2011, my family and I moved to Yei, South Sudan. We were a part of opening "His House of Hope - Bet Eman" which was a 40+ bed maternity and pediatrics hospital. It was operational from March 2012 to November 2016, during which time it was named a National Teaching Hospital of South Sudan. We conducted rotations and internships for Clinical Officers (like Physician Assistants), nurses, midwives, and lab techs. We delivered over 3,000 babies during those years, treated childhood cancer several times (Burkitt's Lymphoma), administered life-saving blood transfusions to hundreds of children with malaria, performed Cesarean sections to rescue mothers and babies in distress, and took care of premature babies from as early as 29 weeks (50% survival to discharge). The hospital sadly closed due to ongoing civil war which led to the evacuation of staff and patients from this war-torn land.
- I began practice in La Junta with Valley-Wide in 2002, where I served as Medical Director for the Arkansas Valley Region from 2003-2008. I restarted obstetrical care at Valley-Wide in the Arkansas Valley, and engaged the region in medical education by precepting medical students and resident physicians.
Special Achievements / Awards:
- Speaker at Global Health Missions Conference, Louisville, KY, 2016
- Speaker at AAFP Global Health Conference, 2013 and 2016
- Behavioral Medicine Award, In His IMAGE Residency, 2002
- Research Award, In His IMAGE Residency, 2001
Tropical Medicine / Global Health, athletics (track and cross-country running), cross-cultural issues, studying the Bible, writing, guitar