F. Edward Hebert School Of Medicine – Bethesda, MD in Doctor of Medicine, 1993
Residency: Dewitt Army Community Hospital – Fort Belvoir, VA in Family Practice, 1993-1996
American Academy of Family Physicians
Utah Medical Association
Uniformed Services Academy of Family Practice
Intermountain Hospital Affiliations
Dixie Regional Medical Center – 400 East Campus
Dixie Regional Medical Center – River Road Campus
Comments on DRA
I consider myself to be a native of Southern Utah. I grew up in a small town named Richfield. I completed my undergraduate degree (B.A.) at Brigham Young University then attended medical school at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. I then completed my residency in family medicine at Dewitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. I served in the U.S. Army for over 19 years and have had wonderful learning experiences in Panama, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Brazil and Portugal. In 2003, my family decided that it was time to move back to Southern Utah. The city of Hurricane welcomed us. For the last 11 years I have practiced Family Medicine in Hurricane, Utah. We love it here. I have special interests in pediatric and maternity care.
I have been the Medical Director of DRA for a little over 4 year. I have seen many students come and go from DRA and have been impressed at the level of maturity they gain as they participate in the guided experiences that are offered by the school staff and therapists. Students learn coping skills that enable them to deal with the difficulties of life. With these coping skills, many students are able to stop medications for depression, anxiety, or ADHD that they have been on for years. It’s such a contrast to see patients when they arrive at DRA and then again when they graduate. They arrive apprehensive, rebellious, and angry. They leave with confidence, hope and ambition.
My wife and I adopted a child who we later discovered has some pretty heavy emotional baggage. I know what it is like to send your child off to a program and not know if they are ever going to get well enough to come home or if they are going to be disadvantaged by missing out on regular school experiences. Diamond Ranch Academy provides a safe, healing environment where students can experience the joys and challenges of regular school. I would have no reservations about having my son at DRA. I’m proud to be a part of this program.