Why Alaska? I think it draws me because it is in many ways similar to Papua New Guinea, also known as “the last frontier”—a land of rugged mountains, uncrossable rivers, bush pilots and villages—where I was born and spent the first 18 years of my life. There my parents worked in a remote village with the local people, and my mom set up a small clinic providing basic medical care. After high school, life brought me to far-away places, (like America :)) and many other amazing, beautiful countries, where there was always a need for healthcare. Growing up with very little access to medical care instilled in me the desire to learn medicine and serve in a place that is underserved. Now that I am finished with my formal training, it’s time to wake up in the kind of place that has stayed in my dreams—a place of wildly beautiful land, many places only reachable by airplane (or days of walking over inhospitable terrain), to serve villages that otherwise would have no access to healthcare. This time it’s in Alaska! I am super thrilled to get to tell the stories from the next years!
Also, outside of medicine, I love art~painting, drawing, mosaic, photography (I plan to put a lot of pictures on this blog). I like to read, and I dabble in music (I play a few cowboy chords on guitar and haltering piano). I also love to be outside–camping, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, snow boarding…pretty much everything! I like anything in the water–swimming, scuba diving, canoeing, capsizing. I love traveling. Adventures are always fun, and “it’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” (Yvon Chouinard, 180 degrees South). If you have questions, or want to hear more about any particular thing, let me know!https://plus.google.com/104678947733405031865