I was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Sandy Springs, Georgia. I studied anthropology at the University of Notre Dame with the goal of becoming a forensic anthropologist, but God had other plans. After completing my degree, I wasn’t satisfied with my limited career options, so my father suggested I find work in the medical field. Hesitant to return to school without knowing I loved the discipline, I applied for a job as an EMT. Within weeks of treating my first patient, I discovered my passion for medicine.
I spent 8 years working as an EMT and paramedic in metro Atlanta. While I loved the experience, I wanted to play a greater role in treating illness and preventing human suffering, so I completed a biology degree at Georgia State University and applied to medical school. Given my background, I assumed I would practice Emergency Medicine, but by then I should have known God had other plans for me.
I truly believe I discovered Self through divine intervention. As a third-year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia, I completed my only away rotation at Self’s Family Healthcare clinic in Edgefield, SC. The clerkship revealed the many career paths available to family physicians and allowed me to witness the profound impact physicians have in fulfilling the healthcare needs of their communities. I was hooked as soon as I started. My experience with Self during interview season only strengthened my view of the program.
My lovely wife, Leanne, is a former marketing analyst who now works part-time in graphic design. We have two dogs and hope to have several children. We enjoy traveling, hiking, swimming, gardening, and fixing up old homes.