Medicine has been rewarding for me on a deeply personal level but it wasn’t until I started my practice after residency when I couldn’t help but feel that there had to be a better way than the traditional insurance based model. That’s when I heard about the Direct Primary Care model and a lightbulb clicked. I felt that, like me, there were a lot of doctors stuck in a broken system who wanted to do the right thing but didn’t know how against an overwhelmingly large machine. One of the reasons I started a DPC practice was that I was getting tired of feeling like I was being rushed when I wanted to provide quality care to my patients in an environment where I needed to keep seeing more to maintain my profitability in a company. But sometimes issues like medical or psychiatric issues, or talking about the loss of a loved one can’t fit neatly into a 15 or 20 minute time slot. It also didn’t feel right watching the system make patients come back for every single small issue so that the physician could bill for medical services because texts, website portal messages, phones aren’t billable so physicians aren’t incentivized to resolve issues through them. It’s not that billing patients for services is wrong (doctors should be paid for their work) but I saw too many cases where physicians would cut patients off if they went over a certain time period, have them come back for simple issues that could be managed without an appointment, or seeing inboxes of issues pile up due to the sheer volume of patients. It’s a broken system and I wanted to find a way to my part to help fix it.
I’m husband to my partner in crime Catherine and father to a very curious (and headstrong) little boy, Sam, with a girl on the way. I was born and raised in the DFW area before heading to Texas A&M University. After initially thinking of law school (hence the English degree), I found my required science course significantly more interesting. I then started medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch. As you can imagine, medical school was spent with hours upon hours of studying and many sleepless nights spent in the hospital, but through it all, I realized how much I loved medicine. Upon graduation, I started my anesthesiology residency at the University of Michigan. I realized very quickly that anesthesiology just wasn’t a fit for me from a personality standpoint and that there was no amount of money in the word that would make me happy doing it. I missed the physician-patient relationship that drew me to medicine in the first place. After 2 years of working through my thoughts, I made the very difficult (and risky) decision to transition from anesthesiology to family medicine where I then found myself in Waco, Texas in a full spectrum family medicine program.
My training included procedural training, obstetric care delivering babies, newborn nursery/NICU care, inpatient pediatric and adult medical management as well as having an outpatient pediatric and adult medicine clinic in a federally qualified center where we saw every and any one regardless of their ability to pay. As you can imagine, it was very busy, but a fantastic learning opportunity. Since starting my medical journey, I’ve had the honor of celebrating new additions to the family as well as grieving with families working through end of life issues and everything in between.
My vision for my patients is that they would feel heard and treated with excellence in medical care. I hope to strive to do my best in taking care of you and your loved ones.