I grew up in Georgetown, IN, where I spent summers exploring southern Indiana’s forests and creeks with my younger brother. I headed north to study biology at Taylor University and met lifelong friends including my wife, Nicole. After undergrad, I did research for a year before realizing that my passions were better suited to partner with community members and work towards health over many years. I was then drawn out to California for medical school by Loma Linda University’s emphasis on faith-based whole person care, partnership with underserved populations, and use of lifestyle interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases. Memorial is well-known for its excellent training, but I was especially impressed by its culture of caring for patients, one another, and the community–particularly the underserved. Throughout the interview season, it stood out as a place filled with people who would push me to be the type of physician and person I hope to become. I am confident this program will support my passion for addressing the most prevalent barriers to healthy communities: access, nutrition, physical activity, substance use, and relationships. In our free time, Nicole and I love to grow vegetables, hike, camp, and read–all of which are more interesting with our new daughter Stella. The public lands out west are beautiful, but we could not be more excited to be back where the grass is green and water falls from the sky. We are grateful to be closer to friends and family and can’t wait to get to know our new neighbors and church community in South Bend!
We are excited to announce that through the collaboration of our current third year resident Michael Keller and faculty member and nursing home medical director