I grew up one of seven children in Cleveland, Ohio. My desire to pursue a career in medicine began with the deep impression made upon me by my pediatrician, Dr. Straussman. He was a very nice man, but I remember the impact of his presence when he came into the exam room. I knew he was confident and well trained, and that he had my best interests at heart. I remember how he was able to masterfully distract me as he administered the necessary shot(s) that were due. I decided at some point along the way that I wanted to be in such a powerful position to help others be well and stay well.

The greatest influence on me however, was the steady encouragement I got my from father Ken. One advantage to growing up in Cleveland was the exposure to world class museums, including the museum of health. The field of medicine for me always held the best of both worlds because 1) it demands an understanding of how the body works, 2) it requires dedication to the lifelong pursuit of knowledge 3) it provides a powerful vehicle to impact the lives of people in a profound way.

For me, the field of Otolaryngology has everything I am looking for in medical practice. For one, I see and treat people of all ages, from newborn infants to those who are well into their 90s and beyond. I am able to use the same fine motor skills that I used building model kits in the basement of our home in Ohio. I enjoy the overlap with other disciplines, such as neurology, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, allergy and immunology, and audiology.

I am fortunate to have worked with one of the best regarded organizations in the field of medicine, the Mayo Clinic. More recently, I had the privilege of serving as the medical director of the Otolaryngology department with Unitypoint/Meriter Healthcare in Madison, Wisconsin.


  • Medical┬áDegree
    Wake Forest University
  • Residency
    Boston Medical Center
  • Fellowship
    Silverstein Institute (Otology)


  • Board Certifications
  • Medical Licenses
    Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota


  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Sinus problems


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery
  • Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Wisconsin Academy of Otolaryngology
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