About Me

 

I have always been fascinated by the mind and brain.  Originally from Beloit Wisconsin, I trained in medicine and research as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program, which is offered by the National Institutes of Health to only 500 scholars nationwide.  I earned my Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the Center for Brain Research, and graduated first in my class in medical school at the University of Rochester in New York.   After completing an Ivy League residency, I left the fast-paced East-coast lifestyle for family-friendly Fond du Lac.  I worked for ten years as an anesthesiologist and pain treatment physician at St. Agnes Hospital, serving as Chief of Anesthesia during most of that time.  But with all of my successes, I felt that something was missing.  I began to realize that my performance in school and career were the result of searching for that something… in all the wrong places.

 

2001 was a rough year for me and for our country.  I struggled illness, my friend Commander Dan Shanower was killed at the Pentagon in the attacks of 9/11, and a local physician and friend committed suicide.  I reflected on my friendship with Dan as I worked as a medical consultant for the Transportation Security Administration.  I found new appreciation for life as I remembered his determination to serve God and country using all of his ability.  I decided to return to my earlier studies of the mind and brain, entered residency in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and for three years commuted daily between Fond du Lac and Milwaukee. No longer content to sit in the audience, I became involved in community theater.  I began teaching residents and medical students at the Medical College of Wisconsin and writing for Psychiatric Times, an international publication for psychiatrists

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 I became Chief Resident in 2005, and I completed psychiatric training in June of 2006.  I accepted an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College, and I continue to teach residents and medical students there.  I passed written and oral examinations to become Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2008.

 

My experiences have increased my empathy for those with mental pain.  I now recognize that years of one’s life can slip away unappreciated, while he or she puts off finding appropriate help.  I know first-hand of the stigma and isolation that can result from minor or major psychiatric conditions.  My sincere goal is to create an understanding and supportive environment while providing the most up-to-date psychiatric care available.

Fond du Lac Psychiatry

Psychiatry As It Should Be

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