Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab Center - Idaho Falls, ID
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
“I was born in Michigan and grew up on the east coast and in the midwest. I have always been athletic and was an avid competitive gymnast as a youth, transitioning to other sports such as field hockey, ultimate frisbee and rock climbing in college.
Unlike many physicians, I did not know from birth or even youth that I wanted to be a doctor. I was an English major at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, mostly because I enjoyed reading and writing. I actually took very few science classes in college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with plans to be an English teacher.
As I explored teaching and other career opportunities, however, I was drawn to medicine. I felt called to helping people towards health and healing, and I went back to undergraduate for a couple of years to complete all of my science requirements. At that time, I also undertook a year of research in pediatric cardiology at Boston Children’s Hospital.
I was very fortunate to be accepted into the Mayo Clinic for medical school. Mayo’s reputation is, of course, unsurpassed, and my training there as a medical student taught me to always demand excellence of myself in my care for patients. I am very grateful for that foundation of training and knowledge and was even able to travel to Nepal for a semester, where I did a high-altitude research project close to Mt. Everest base camp.
Four years of training in at Minnesota, however, was enough, and I chose the University of Utah in Salt Lake City for residency training. I chose the eld of physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry) as it combined my love of neurology and orthopedics and truly focused on restoring patients to health and to their best potential. My training in Salt Lake City was particularly strong in sports medicine and I served as team physician for the University of Utah men’s ice hockey team. I was also fortunate enough to travel to Denali and serve as physician at the 14,000 foot base camp there for a climbing season.
After completion of residency, I worked in private practice for 4 years in Oregon, but missed the snow and the mountain west, and so moved to Idaho Falls in 2009 to co-found Eastern Idaho Spine Center (since re-named Eastern Idaho Spine, Sports and Rehab Center).
My goal as a physician is to restore people to as close to optimum health as we can get. I have a particular passion for treating athletes of all ages and enjoy helping masters athletes continue to perform at a high level even into their later years of athletics. I am passionate about the evolution of regenerative medicine and believe in the body’s innate capacity for healing and regeneration.
I am equally passionate about my marvelous home in southeastern Idaho and enjoy skiing, ultrarunning and wandering through the amazing wilderness that surrounds us.”
Areas treated: Cervical Spine, Hip, Knee, Lumbar Spine, Shoulder, Thoracic Spine
- Undergraduate: BYU – Idaho
- Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Residency: Michigan State University
I was born in Rexburg and raised in Idaho Falls, where I attended Idaho Falls High School. Throughout my life I have enjoyed participating in sports of a wide variety from football, baseball, and golf to water skiing and snowboarding.
After returning from an LDS mission in Australia, I enrolled at nearby BYU-Idaho. There I earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. I had long aspired to go into the financial world and eventually do some consulting. It wasn’t until I entered my senior year of college that it became obvious that medicine was the path that I needed to follow. My father encouraged me to take a look at what I really wanted and he helped me to see the reward of assisting others with their ailments was my real passion.
I attended medical school at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona and then continued to Lansing, Michigan for residency training at Michigan State University. As a “weekend warrior” athlete, I have always had an interest in human anatomy and how small alterations in it can lead to massive functional changes. Naturally, this lead me to the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where I have had the joy of working with patients to restore functional abilities, giving them more freedom to enjoy day-to-day life.
Although I loved the thrill of working closely with Division-I college athletes, the West is home to my wife and I. This led me to accept a fellowship opportunity with Southwest Spine and Sports in Scottsdale, Arizona. While there I had the privilege of honing my skills alongside some of the most well-respected interventionists in the western states.
As wonderful as the Arizona weather is, it became more and more evident that Southeast Idaho is where we needed to be. When the opportunity arose to return to Idaho Falls it was too much to resist, and now we find ourselves back in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. It’s the perfect place to raise our four children with the same principles that we were so lucky to enjoy in our childhood.
I look forward to continuing to provide top-of-the-line treatment to my patients in the Snake River Valley. I have had extensive training in the treatment of a wide variety of limitations that include spasticity secondary to neurologic issues, sports injuries and concussions, and non-surgical treatment of peripheral nerve and joint injuries. My goal as a physician is to continue to assist in the restoration of function to anyone that feels physical limitations and allow them to enjoy their life to the fullest capacity.