I went to medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. From there, I did my residency at what was then called Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, which is now McLaren Macomb Hospital in the greater Detroit, Michigan area.
I liked every specialty on my rotation. On my first day of surgical rotation, we were nearly done with a fifteen hour day when a man came in with an emergency - he needed his spleen removed. I got to assist with that, and his life was saved. That’s when I knew I wanted to be a surgeon.
I like being able to fix a problem, and that’s what I really enjoy about being a surgeon. It is very rewarding to see someone go from having pain or medical issues to recovering and going back to normal life again.
I grew up in the Cleveland area. I think Sandusky and the surrounding area is an awesome place to live and raise a family. There is so much to do here. My family enjoys outdoor activities and I like the mix of urban life in downtown Sandusky with the rural farms just outside the city. Young professionals and their families are attracted to this area again because it offers a fantastic quality of life. That says something to me.
When I was applying for jobs out of medical school, I looked at about seventy different jobs. I refused to settle just to take a job, even when a lot of my classmates had already accepted positions. I held out for the best place I could find. I thought Firelands Regional Medical Center was a great hospital when I first looked at this practice, and indeed, it is. Firelands is big enough to do almost everything a patient might need.
What sets Firelands apart from others is that we have a really great medical community. That includes not only the physicians, but also the nursing staff, the administration and everyone that works here every day. Everyone truly cares. When I was looking for jobs, I wanted to go to a place where I could do great work and take care of people. Because of the resources that Firelands has and because of the teamwork, I can make a big difference right here in our own community. I think that is what really sets Firelands apart from other systems.