I chose to be a doctor and orthopedic hand surgeon because helping others brings me great satisfaction. I help in the community by serving as a Scoutmaster to local Boy Scouts. I help the athletes at Orem High School as the team physician. I participate with Community Health Connect, a community service provider that connects low-income patients with specialists who provide free medical care and surgery. I assist the BYU and UVU premed clubs. I educate physicians in training by teaching them about hand, wrist and elbow problems and solutions. I am an active member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand and serve on the International Relations Committee, where we help international doctors become more aware of hand surgery and improved treatments.
I was born and raised in Provo, Utah. I graduated from Provo High School and Brigham Young University with a degree in Spanish Literature. I graduated from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and later trained in Orthopedic Surgery at Mount Clemens Regional Medical Center, located outside of Detroit. During my orthopedic training, I was awarded an AO Trauma Fellowship at Tampa General Hospital and a scholarship as the outstanding senior resident. After a five-year orthopedic residency, I completed an additional year of fellowship training, specializing in hand, wrist and elbow surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I am a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon and have been awarded the certificate of additional qualifications in hand surgery, a designation only experienced hand surgeons are able to attain.
My medical philosophy is that I take care of my patients as if they were my family. Because of this, I believe patient communication is the most important thing in a patient visit. I could be the most capable doctor in the world, but if the patients don’t understand their diagnosis or treatment, then my expertise is useless. I work to establish trust and educate patients on their health so that patients can be equal partners in their care. I enjoy seeing a variety of patients, ranging from children to the elderly, and helping them find solutions to restore them to health and happiness.
My wife and I have four children. I love sports, especially baseball. I like to spend my free time playing sports and enjoying the outdoors.