I truly feel "called" to pediatrics. Being able to meet a newborn shortly after birth, and then to watch that child's personality develop over the years is one of the most fun parts of my job—comforting the fearful 2-year-old during an ear exam, discussing the “tween’s” social challenges in junior-high, and helping the teen transition to life after high school. I strive to provide patient- and family-centered care; while one treatment might be best for one child and his or her family, that same treatment may not be as good for another. Sir William Osler said, “It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has.” The long-term relationships that come with practicing primary care pediatrics allow me to really know families and to tailor the care so that the child and his or her family can heal.
I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and raised on Vashon Island, Washington. I left island life to attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. On the way back "home," I stopped in Milwaukee to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin, and have stayed here ever since. I completed my residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in 2000, and then provided primary pediatric care to the Oneida Indian Tribe outside of Green Bay until 2005. I returned to Milwaukee to spend a year with the Emergency Department at Children's Hospital before joining Westbrook Pediatrics in July of 2006. I currently live in Wauwatosa with my wife and three daughters and generally enjoy the chaos of my daughters' full academic and social plates. I now keep my "feet wet" by sailing as often as I can with the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center, and by visiting my parents who still live in my childhood home on Vashon.