Med School/Year Graduated: University of Missouri-Columbia, 1998
Years in Practice: 18
Clinical neurophysiology is an interest of yours. Can you explain it in layperson’s terms?
[It’s] the study of brain and nerve disorders by measuring bio-electric activity. It allows us to study and treat neurologic disorders such as epilepsy and nerve pain.
How often are psychiatric disorders the result of neurological diseases, by your estimation?
Psychiatric symptoms are commonly associated with neurodegenerative disorders and can be a major source of disability. Often the psychiatric aspect of the disease can be treated more successfully than the underlying neurologic illness.
What are the most pressing medical issues for your patients?
I practice in Sun City West, where the population is older. Memory concerns are very prevalent and difficult to control. Poor balance and falls are also common and a source of injury. This can be reduced by educating patients on activities that may enhance strength, balance and gait.
How has working with a collaborative team at The CORE Institute informed your care approach?
Many of my patients have several musculo-skeletal issues. Working at CORE has allowed me to incorporate a team approach to treatment involving spine specialists, other orthopedic specialists, pain specialists and physical therapists, among other fields.
Besides being a healer, you’re also a fourth-degree blackbelt kung fu instructor. It’s an intriguing contradiction! Are the two passions – martial arts and neurological health – ever at odds?
Not at all. Practicing kung fu and tai chi, when done mindfully, allows us to build a stronger and healthier body and mind, reduce stress and ultimately provide for better quality of life. Tai chi has many proven health benefits, including better balance. I recommend it to many of my patients.
One of our PHOENIX staffers expressed admiration for your hair. Does someone local cut it?
I get my hair cut from a Great Clips in Vistancia, where they do a great job.
Name the best depiction of your field in TV or film that you’ve ever seen.
The best depiction in film is Awakenings, based on Oliver Sacks’s novel. A neurologist, played by Robin Williams, uses L-dopa to “awaken” his catatonic patients. Memento is an entertaining thriller about a man who cannot form new memories.
What are you watching on Netflix these days?
Not much time for TV, but I am a big Star Wars fan and am currently enjoying The Book of Boba Fett streaming on Disney+.
“If I wasn’t a doctor, I’d be…”
Possibly a photographer. I greatly enjoy travel and landscape photography. I’d also love to explore astrophotography.