I have been fascinated by the complexity of living things and the physiologic processes that sustain them since high school; that fascination translated into the desire to become a physician. The rigorous training of my internship and residency and my exposure to all aspects of the human condition shaped my philosophy of patient care.
I believe that the doctor/patient relationship is a partnership, requiring the honesty and sincerity of both participants. While I may offer medical advice that I feel represents the best course of action, I am always open to discussion if a patient has a different option in mind. I am comfortable with the idea that physicians do not necessarily know everything about how the body functions and am receptive to new approaches and new knowledge tempered by their sound basis in scientific theory and my need to see proof of new ideas.
Just as we differ from each other in appearance, we also differ internally. Responses to medications and treatments must be viewed in the context of the individual patient and his or her particular response. I firmly believe in preventive medicine and think that the exercise of both the body and the mind are needed for the maintenance of a healthy and enjoyable life.