I became an orthopaedic surgeon because...

I went to the US Air Force Academy and was mentored by an orthopedic surgeon while I was in school. I have an active life and liked the experience of getting injured people back to the activites that they enjoyed. Orthopaedics is about improving people’s quality of life and allowing them to get more out of life. Orthopaedics also has strong military ties and has been integral in recent wars in Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, and Afganistan.

What is the most rewarding part of being an orthopaedic surgeon?

The most rewarding part of orthopaedics is sharing my patients’ stories and the interesting things they have done. As a former military member, I enjoy hearing stories from my patients who have served in various parts of the world.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I am a competitive swimmer and was able to qualify for the US National Long Course Championships in the 50-54 age. I also competed in th 2014 FINA world championships in Montreal competing in the 50-54 age group. I plan on competing in the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan Russia and hope to also travel as one of the team physicians for the US team.

In what volunteer activities or efforts do you engage that mean the most to you and those you serve?

While in the military, I volunteered for a humanitarian mission to Haiti and spent 4 months improving the lives of the people of Haiti. I also served in Iraq and spent 4 months in Kirkuk as part of an Air Force surgical team. In Casper, I serve on the Wyoming High School Activities Association sports medicine committee and volunteer for the state wrestling tournament every year. I also serve on the Board of Councilors for the national orthopedic association as part of the economics committee. I also had the opportunity to be on the parent teacher association of Fort Caspar Academy in Casper Wyoming.