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Not the typical med school studentI’m 45. I wasn’t the conventional straight-from-college-to-med school-student. I earned an MBA in healthcare administration from the University of Colorado and I did pharmaceutical sales for about nine years.Then I started firefighting and EMT work with a rural Colorado fire department. I realized I liked that work much more than sales — it was much more fulfilling. I enjoyed the clinical aspect and treating patients, and decided to go to medical school.I earned an MD from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). I did a year of service just outside of London, and my family and I got to travel all over Europe.I signed a contract to work for CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. I will work seven days on and seven days off. I’ll have a practice, and I’ll work in the emergency room. I’ll start that in August.In July, my family and I will be going to the Yucatan so I can take an intensive Spanish course. When I’m in Santa Fe, I’m expecting to have a lot of Spanish-speaking patients.Golden is homeI grew up in Applewood and attended Wheat Ridge High School. Now, my family and I live in Golden, but I live in Cheyenne during the week — I’ll be completing my residency at the University of Wyoming next month.Golden is home for us. My wife Cheyenne and I have been married for 19 years. We’re raising two (teenage) sons who both go to Compass Montessori in Golden. And we have a new dog named Bella.I spend all my free time with my family. And Golden gives us the opportunity to get outdoors. When you get on top of the mesa, you don’t feel like you’re in the city anymore.Finding that happy pathI changed my career at 34. I had to hold down a job while attending night school. It’s been difficult, but a supportive family has helped.I love the diagnostic part of helping people. I feel like it is what I was meant to do.It doesn’t matter where you’re at, as long as you work hard, you’ve always got the chance to find the path that makes you happy.
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