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My father is a general surgeon and my mother is a nurse. Growing up, many of our conversations at the dinner table were (and still are) about medicine. As a young boy, I would often accompany my dad into the hospital to make rounds with him and occasionally observe some of his surgeries.
It wasn’t until my third year in medical school that I heard about pain management. I was very impressed with seeing patients’ lives transformed when chronic painful conditions they had suffered with for years were suddenly alleviated. At the time, I remember thinking that helping people suffering with pain had to be one of the most noble things a doctor could do. This is still what motivates me when I treat my patients today.
I treat a variety of acute and chronic painful conditions such as neck pain, lower back pain, sciatica, disc herniations, spinal stenosis, spinal arthritis, spinal fractures, neuropathic (nerve) pain, and cancer pain. While I employ a variety of options in treating my patients, I believe that people need to take an active role in their treatment and toward that end, I encourage smoking cessation, weight loss, and a healthy life style including regular exercise. All of these can help in preventing the development of chronic painful conditions.
I enjoy listening to their stories and getting to know them as people, not just as patients. I also enjoy seeing them improve and hearing about how something I did for them made a positive impact on their life.
I really enjoy the camaraderie here at OAA and working with a superb group of physicians and staff. I like the fact that so many services are available under one roof and that I can treat my patients efficiently and effectively here. I can truly say that if I were a patient, this is where I would want to be seen and treated.
I grew up on a farm in central Pennsylvania. While I moved away from home for college and some of my training, I wanted to come back to be close to my family and my wife’s family. Since moving to the area, I’ve come to realize that the Lehigh valley is a great place to raise a family of my own.
I’d be a writer or an English professor. Or maybe a wine importer.
I’ve seen the difference that healthy habits can make in one’s life and I try to practice what I preach to my patients. I exercise regularly and watch my diet closely. We all have health issues, myself included. I try to take a proactive approach to staying healthy.
I’m really proud when one of my patients comes back and tells me how something I did for them or said to them impacted their life in a positive way. This is why I became a doctor and why I love what I do.