I was interested in medicine since I was very young. In fact, by the time I was in the first grade, I knew I not only wanted to be a doctor, I wanted to pursue my specialty of otolaryngology or ear, nose and throat. Much of my interest was sparked by the fact that my father practiced as an ENT specialist for over 40 years. After my father completed his residency, we moved to Southeast Idaho. I went to high school at Bonneville High, graduating at the top of my high school class. I then attended Brigham Young University, completing a Bachelor's Degree in microbiology as a Cum Laude honor graduate. I also completed Aerospace Studies and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Reserve and was the #1 non-technical graduate in my class. I then attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed an MD in 1991. I was honored by being inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. My first year after medical school, I did one year of General Surgery training at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. I then served six years as a Flight Surgeon in the Air Force. I entered my otolaryngology training at the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium, completing this training in 2002. I completed by board certification in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2003. I served in various leadership capacities while in the Air Force all the while practicing otolaryngology. I served as an Element Leader, Flight Commander, Deputy Squadron Commander and Squadron Commander. My last Air Force responsibility was Chief of the Medical Staff, SGH or Chief Medical Officer for both Osan Air Base in Korea and Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska. I helped lead Elmendorf Hospital to be the #1 hospital in the entire Air Force, two years in a row. This was an astonishing feat. In 2011, I retired from the AF. I practiced in La Grande, Oregon for two years and in 2013, I moved to Idaho.