I am from Northern Vermont originally, Colchester to be exact. So I have a traditional conservative values, with a Left leaning politique. I grew up in a small rural town (Its more of a bedroom community now), where half the kids were involved with either dairy farming, vegetable farming, or egg farming. Learning to make due with what we had was good enough. I was one of six children. I was second oldest. Making up games and playing outside was how we all filled the time. We had a garden, and a wood burning furnace. It was my job to fill the wood furnace at two in the morning. We gre a lot f food. From potatoes, carrots, squash, beans, melons, cucumbers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, scallions, strawberries, apples, tomatoes, peppers....I think that's all. We kept honey bees in the back yard (they ruined my high school pictures when I was a freshman-I got stung in the side of the head). Us kids, spent our summers at Malletts Bay on Lake Champlain. I graduated from Colchester HIgh School at 17, fifth in my class with aspirations of becoming a Pediatrician. The summer before college I was able to teach swimming lessons to three year olds up to 18 year olds. I knew I wanted to be around children. I played soccer, ran track, and in the winter I did gymnastics back when schools had gymnastics teams. I was an accomplished swimmer after growing up at the lake.I attended Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine from 1979-1983. The coast of Maine is a glorious place to get an education. Access to the ocean and the mountains all within 1 hour's drive. I majored in Physics, with an undergraduate research project in measuring magnetic susceptibilities at liquid helium temperatures. I also majored in Chemistry. Back then, Bowdoin did not have distribution requirements so I could take a lot of science class. I basically didn't see much of the afternoon sun. I learned how to ice skate at Bowdoin and developed a love for the game of Ice Hockey. I continue to coach and referee youth hockey. Most of my classmates didn't even know I was pre-med. When I went off to UVM-Medical School many of my fellow classmates were shocked.I attended Medical School in Burlington, Vermont and lived at home for two years, then basically moved in with my girlfriend for the last two years. While there I majored in Family Practice. I learned that five diseases stopped me from going into Internal Medicine: Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension, Alcoholic Liver Disease, and COPD. I also learned how to downhill ski while at UVM.My Internship and Residency were done in Salt Lake City, Utah with the University of Utah and Affiliated Hospitals Program. The skiing was INCREDIBLE. And members of the predominant church there have many children. It was a great place to study the diseases of children. Then in 1990 I moved to New Hampshire.