I was raised in the midwest. After getting my BS in chemical physics at Michigan State in 1974 I moved to Boston for medical school. After graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1978 I did my internship and one year of general surgery residency at the Beth Israel and then completed the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgery residency. In 1984 I joined the academic staff at the Beth Israel Hospital and also practiced at Harvard Community Health Plan (later called Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates) as the spine surgeon for the group, doing my surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In 2007 my wife and I relocated to Freedom and I started a non-operative spine practice at Saco River Medical Group. My wife is a librarian at the Madison Library and we have three grown sons. At the end of 2015, I retired and soon after I embarked on a second career in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
I was always interested in politics but my schedule precluded active participation. My governance work over the years was in the non-profit sector, serving on the board of the New England Mission Fund and Calumet Lutheran Ministries (Camp Calumet) for 6 years. I also served on the board of the Green Mountain Conservation Group, serving as the vice-chair for one year and for three years as the chair of the board.
Most of my hobbies involve outside activities–hiking, running, biking, kayaking, swimming and skiing. Much of my time is devoted to gardening with a large garden and greenhouse.
My wife and I sing in the Silver Lake Singers, a Choir for Hospice and Healing and in the Sandwich Singers.