Adolescent Medicine Specialist
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Best advice you ever received?
Don’t simply teach your learners but explore with them.
What do you consider your biggest break so far?
Finding a job that combines my passions for teaching, adolescent medicine and mental well-being into a seamless daily adventure.
What would most people be surprised to learn about you?
That I enjoy a good scare. A spooky ‘80s movie on a dark October night is my idea of chill.
What’s the biggest issue facing the Corridor, and why?
I think the biggest issue facing Corridor youth is the stigma associated with mental health care. Demystifying mental health is a large part of my role.
If you had $1 million to give, what causes would you support?
Mental health care access for area youth would be top of my list. I think I would be cutting a large check to United Action for Youth to increase their mental health capacity.
What are your passions outside of the workplace?
I enjoy comics, cards and cocktails. The husband and I are father to two fur babies named Archer (black lab/border collie rescue mix) and Bender (Shetland sheepdog).
What do you want to accomplish by the time you are 50?
Significantly increased mental health access for area youth.