Where did you grow up?
I grew up on a cash-crop farm between Chatham and Tilbury.
What was your first job?
Like many other Chatham-grown citizens, my first job was corn detasseling. This was followed by a job at Chatham Sobeys for seven years!
What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime?
Taking a drive or a jog down a Chatham-Kent country road just before sunset. This has always been one of my favorite things to do to unwind and relax, particularly after a hard day’s work. There’s something about the country air, sounds of nature, and gorgeous views of open fields around this community that make the experience special. Living full time in larger cities for the past nine years has given me an even greater appreciation for this, and I am happy to enjoy this pastime once again.
What is your favourite season, and why?
My favorite season is Fall, and for so many reasons. In CK there’s a fantastic opportunity to watch acres upon acres of crops turn to a gorgeous golden brown, and watch them get harvested later in the season. The weather is also perfect--not too hot, not too cold. I also associate this season with going back to school—a time I greatly enjoyed as kid, as I loved to learn, and it was a great way to catch up with friends after the summer. It’s also the time for Red Feather, and as a previous United Way High School Ambassador, I was very involved in this fun and altruistic event. Finally, it is the season I met and recently married my incredible wife, Jeanette.
Name an experience that has positively motivated you.
My time volunteering at the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance for 10 years, starting at the age of 13, was extremely inspiring. It allowed me to discover my passion for medicine, help someone in a simple, yet meaningful way, develop connections with many individuals throughout the community, and be part of something bigger than myself. It is a large reason why I am a physician in this community today.
What did you do after high school?
After I completed high school in 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Degree from McMaster University in 2011. Following this, I attained a Doctor of Medicine Degree from The University of Western Ontario in 2016, and began my Family Medicine Residency in Chatham-Kent shortly after.
What are you doing now?
I am currently a Doctor completing my Family Medicine Residency through UWO’s Chatham Kent Program.
What is your #1 reason for choosing Chatham-Kent as “home”?
It’s tough to name just one reason why I call this great place “home”—but I can give you two! The majority of my family still resides in Chatham, and it’s great to have the opportunity to spend more time with them. As well, Chatham is a small town, yet has lots of activities to offer without the hustle-bustle of a large city. I truly did make the right choice by coming back to CK!