1. What inspired you to get into medicine and how did you choose your specialty?
I felt a need to have purpose and to make a difference in people’s lives, and medicine seemed to be the perfect fit for me. I looked at a lot of different specialties as a student, but family medicine really matched my personality well. I enjoy having long-term relationships with my patients, and try to do my best to keep them well.
2. Where did you attend college/ medical school?
Medical School I graduated from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ. I’m definitely a Jersey guy.
3. What in the healthcare field are you most passionate about?
Many people feel that their family physician is who you see when you get a cold or injure your back, but I consider the most important part of my job to be the prevention and/or treatment of chronic medical problems. With the advent of computerized records, it is becoming easier to use data in managing complex problems like diabetes and congestive heart failure. It’s an exciting time to be a family physician.
4. What are the deciding factors in choosing Physical Therapy as an avenue of treatment for your patients?
Physical therapy is tremendously effective for patients with a variety of problems. Many musculoskeletal problems can be improved upon or resolved with physical therapy, preventing the need for expensive imaging such as (MRI’s etc). These factors, with a few exceptions, are why I use physical therapy as my first-line of treatment for a number of conditions.
5. What are your hobbies outside of the office?
I enjoy staying physically active. I run regularly, play soccer, and practice tae kwon do. The rest of my free time is spent with my wife and my children who are 10 and 7 year old.
6. If you could choose a 2nd profession what would it be?
I would love to be a chef. Cooking is a nice blend of right-brain creativity with left-brain food science that appeals to me. It’s also hands-on and fast-paced.