Tell us a little bit about you and your family
My wife Alexandra and I will be married 15 years this July. We take great joy in raising our two daughters, ages 9 and 11. Alexandra teaches middle school Spanish and volunteers for the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation and several educational causes. We’re humbled by the talents of our children who enjoy cello, Kung fu, volleyball, skiing, and all things water-related.
Why did you choose your specialty?
In 2005 through a unique training opportunity focused on sleep apnea and narcolepsy I quickly recognized the quality of life improvements that comes from providing better sleep for my patients. I believe strongly that Sleep Medicine is my best method to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest number of people. This is the reason I’ve dedicated 100% of my research, teaching administrative effort and clinical work to Sleep Medicine.
What can patients expect when they show up for their first appointment with you?
Patients can expect to meet a happy, lighthearted doctor that is easy to talk to, and serious about their health and wellbeing. I expect all patients to complete the sleep clinic questionnaires and bring any CPAP or dental equipment they have, and copies of test results from other sleep labs. We will work together and review their physical health, breathing mechanics, sleep test results, and unique medical and sleep history to determine the best treatment for their specific situation.
What are some of your hobbies?
I enjoy spending time with family, skiing, snowboarding, wakeboarding, golfing, playing guitar, and fishing. Two years ago when I turned 40, I started an annual “fitness test” for myself. Every year from the ages of 40 to 80, I plan to complete the sprint distance of the Coeur d’Alene Scenic Challenge Triathlon then play a round of golf at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. So far I’ve got two down, 38 more years to go!
What drew you to Kootenai Health?
I have come to visit Coeur d’Alene every chance I get since age 6. In my youth, I enjoyed many summers on the lake. During medical school, as a Vandal—Cougar—Husky hybrid, I expected to settle down in Coeur d’Alene or Sandpoint but instead married a lovely woman from Oregon and have lived in Portland for almost 15 years. I have tremendous gratitude to Kootenai Health for giving me this opportunity to return to the area I love.