Practice Philosophy and Focus:
My practice focuses on two main areas. First, I provide comprehensive non-surgical musculoskeletal treatment, using a variety of approaches, including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), medical acupuncture, and corrective exercise. Each treatment is tailored to the individual and aims to treat the underlying cause of the problem instead of just superficially treating symptoms with medications.
My other area of expertise is Lifestyle/Integrative Medicine, using individualized nutrition and exercise prescription as well as addressing often overlooked issues with sleep and chronic stress. Through this holistic approach, we can work together to get you to your body composition goals (weight loss) and help reverse conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure.
My lifestyle programs are not for the passive patient that expects me to “fix them,” without wanting to do the work I prescribe. I will work hard to help you meet your goals, but I expect you to work just as hard. That being said, lifestyle change can be very difficult and we may just start with small changes and build on them over time. Slow and steady progress is always better than trying the latest fad diet that you can’t sustain and ending up back where you started, or worse. Working together, we can achieve your goals!
I grew up in a military family, spending my childhood both in the United States and Europe. After high school, I enlisted in the military and became a Deep Sea Diver doing underwater construction and military diving operations. I left the military after four years and started college, eventually earning a degree in biochemistry from Old Dominion University
I was accepted to WVSOM in Lewisburg WV and graduated as an osteopathic physician in 2003. I then re-entered the military as a medical officer in the US Navy. I spent 9 more years in the military, deploying to the Persian Gulf as medical officer on the USS WASP and serving later on admiral’s staff. I completed specialty training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and later a two-year academic fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under Andrew Weil, M.D. I am also the author of Strong Medicine, a comprehensive wellness book published in 2015 after three years of research and writing.
I am a strong believer in practicing what you preach, and being a good role model for my patients by staying in good health and physical condition, especially as I near age 50. I am an avid mountain biker, rock climber, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and play guitar every day.
Education and Training:
- B.S. Old Dominion University (Biochemistry)
- D.O. West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
- Master of Public Health (MPH) Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
- Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Johns Hopkins
- Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona
- Medical Acupuncture – Helms Medical Institute
- Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie) – Part A,B,C
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) – NSCA