I joined the Army as an early enlistee in 1987. I attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonardwood, MO and graduated as a Combat Engineer/11B. After attending Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA., I was assigned to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (mechanized), First Infantry Division, Ft. Riley, KS. and subsequently the 2nd Engineer BN( Light) 2nd Infantry Division Camp Castle, Korea. After three years on active duty, I transferred to the Oklahoma National Guard where I completed Officer Candidate School and Air Assault School and graduated as 2nd Lieutenant, branched Infantry. I attended Oklahoma State University, majoring in Zoology. I subsequently attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and then applied and was accepted to Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I applied and was awarded an HPSP scholarship. I graduated medical school in 1999 and subsequently was accepted into the Emergency Medicine Program at Brooke Army Medical Center. After residency I served as an Emergency Physician in Korea at the 121 Hospital, Seoul. I then served at Reynold’s Army Community Hospital as Medical Director in the Emergency Department as well as director of education for the Special Forces Medic Program and Chief of EMS. I was deployed to Iraq with the 10th Combat Support Hospital as an Emergency Physician in October 2006. I spent two tours of duty in Iraq and our Combat Hospital cared for over 6000 combat related injured individuals. After Iraq, I redeployed to Reynolds Army Hospital. I left the Army in 2007, then Re-enlisted in the Army Reserves. I have deployed once as a Reservist to Camp Bond Steel, Kosovo in 2013, where I was the only US Emergency Physician in theatre. While a reserve Emergency Room Physician I have mainly been assigned to Combat Support Hospitals. Currently, I am assigned to the 100th TRNG DIV as Medical Director where I supervise instruction for EMT recertification and Advanced Leadership Course Phase II and III for 68W, (combat medic).
My civilian experience is quite extensive, and I have worked at many different hospital systems and different size E.R.’s. The highlights include being on Faculty at Saint Louis University Hospital as Assistant Professor for their Emergency Medicine Program. I also have served as Medical Director for Lake Chelan, Community Hospital in Lake Chelan, WA. I recently agreed to be Medical Director of a small EMT-P program.