I decided to pursue my medical degree in osteopathic medicine in order to care for and treat people with consideration for the mind-body-spirit connection of wellness. While I was in medical school, I worked for a month in an emergency department and found that I liked the fast pace and variety of challenges, as well as the close patient contact, so I chose to do a residency in Emergency Medicine. It was a good fi t for me.
As much as I liked treating patients as an emergency room physician, I also became aware that people with more routine problems may have to wait for hours to be seen. I wanted to study how we could better meet that need for urgent care for non-life-threatening illness or injuries. During my residency, I moonlit at walk-in clinics in the neighborhood, and I knew that this was a field in which I could do the most good for the most people.
In 2005 we opened the first Urgent Care Now center in Ocean County. From that first day, our mission has been to provide access to quality medical care in our communities in a timely and convenient fashion. Demand for urgent care services led to opening three more locations. Now, we receive over 60,000 patient visits per year across our four Ocean County locations.
Outside of medicine, I like to rock climb and mountain climb, where it’s important to take control of your body and mind. This skill for managing risk and staying calm in challenging situations helps me as a doctor in urgent care, and helps my staff, too. We’re not here to replace primary care, but there’s such an additional need in our population for timely access to non-emergency care. I’m proud to be making strides in the urgent care field.