I attended Carroll College (now Carroll University) in Waukesha, WI (near Milwaukee), graduating in 1993 with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. Highlights included meeting my awesome wife, Michelle, growing and leading in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, attending a great church called Elmbrook, having a blast with friends, and playing trombone in the wind ensemble and brass quintet.
I went to medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1997. Michelle and I were married after my first year. There was lots of information to cram into my head, and not much spare time. But I did get a chance to play a fair amount of pick up basketball for study breaks and play trombone in our band called (believe it or not) the Arrhythmias (Mustang Sally anyone?).
I was off to a three year residency in Internal Medicine at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Residency was an incredible time of learning and growth; long hours, but high reward. In addition to tons of hours of church activities helping get a new church plant, Cornerstone Community Church, off the ground, I was able to blow off steam with basketball and our weekly make-up-the-rules-as-you-go resident volleyball games. Lifetime friends were made.
It was during the last year of residency and the first year on medical staff that we had our two awesome daughters!
We liked our church and community so much that we stayed for a chief resident year, and then joined the medical staff. I had a special interest in vascular disease, and was fortunate enough to be able to bring a new specialty, Vascular Medicine, to the organization and become board certified in both Internal Medicine and Vascular Medicine. A few years later we formed the Vascular Institute, a combination of many specialties that treat vascular disease.