My medical philosophy is to partner with and empower the patient to make goals and decisions that promote health. By viewing each patient as a whole, and not merely focusing on disease, I hope to facilitate healing, prevent adverse health outcomes, and provide peace of mind.
I received a Bachelor Degree in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University and a Doctorate of Osteopathy at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in the top 10% of my class. I completed my post graduate training at Franciscan St. Francis Health Family Medicine Residency in Indianapolis, Indiana. During residency, I was trained in the full spectrum of family medicine and received additional training in underserved health and sports medicine. I had the opportunity to lead as chief resident during my last year of training.
I chose family medicine because I enjoy long-lasting relationships with my patients and providing care through all stages of life. I believe in the importance of the family unit and helping promote health for each member of the family, so they can be their best selves and help their own family thrive.
Osteopathic medicine is a distinct form of medical practice in the United States.
Osteopathic medicine provides all of the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy known as osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.
Osteopathic physicians, also known as DOs are trained to look at the whole person from their first days of medical school, which means they see each person as more than just a collection of organ systems and body parts that may become injured or diseased. This holistic approach to patient care means that osteopathic medical students learn how to integrate the patient into the health care process as a partner. They are trained to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds, and they get the opportunity to practice these skills in their classrooms and learning laboratories, frequently with standardized and simulated patients.
Strong Foundation in Primary Care
The osteopathic medical profession has a proud heritage of producing primary care practitioners. In fact, the mission statements of the majority of osteopathic medical schools state plainly that their purpose is the production of primary care physicians. Osteopathic medical tradition preaches that a strong foundation in primary care makes one a better physician, regardless of what specialty they may eventually practice.
Today, when the challenge of ensuring an adequate number of primary care physicians extends to osteopathic medicine, the majority of most osteopathic medical school graduates choose careers in primary care. Osteopathic medicine also has a special focus on providing care in rural and urban underserved areas, allowing DOs to have a greater impact on the U.S. population’s health and well-being than their numbers would suggest. While DOs constitute 7 percent of all U.S. physicians, they are responsible for 16 percent of patient visits in communities with populations of fewer than 2,500.
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