When I was in high school, my dream was to be a history teacher like my father. His passion for teaching students inspired me to be equally passionate about my career. For whatever reason, that ambition changed when I was told to write about a brand new profession in English class. That profession ended up being physical therapy, and that changed my trajectory forever. I went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and obtained my doctorate in physical therapy (DPT) in 2013. Afterwards, I entered a 1-year orthopedic residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center. For the next 4 years, I practiced as an orthopedic physical therapist at a variety of outpatient clinics, working with patients who suffered from orthopedic and sports-related conditions. While I found deep satisfaction as a PT, there was something missing: I desired to serve patients beyond the context of rehabilitation, which was beyond my scope of practice. After years of contemplation, and much discussion with my wife, I decided to go back to school for nursing to pursue family medicine as a nurse practitioner. I completed my master of science in nursing (MSN) at Rush University in 2017 and finished my family nurse practitioner certificate (FNP) at George Washington University in 2019.
While this career path has been long and not without sacrifice, I am content with all of my decisions that have led up to this point. Being a part of both disciplines, I genuinely believe I hold a unique perspective in healthcare. My aspiration is to use all of my knowledge and education to empower patients to lead healthier lives. Whether it is through physical therapy or nursing, my goal is to use the skills I have learned from each profession for clinical practice, evidence-based research, community involvement, and innovative discussion. If this website finds you, my hope is that you will be challenged and learn something new. May it lead to professional growth and development for all of us!