Owner and practicioner
I grew up in the small town of Alliance, Ohio. I was one of several valedictorians upon graduation. There were several of us nerdy types back then! For college, I stayed in Alliance and went to Mount Union College, now Mount Union University. While there, I became friends with the school physician, Dr. Dan Kibler. He let me work in his office all through college and also put me to work running the physician's continuing education program at Alliance City Hospital. Dr. Kibler continuously tried to talk me out of family medicine, but, wittingly or unwittingly, convinced me beyond a doubt to be a family doctor just like him. He treated his office and hospital patients with remarkable skill, compassion, and personal attention. Indeed, he was an incredible mentor, not just to me, but to many other students and especially student athletes throughout his long tenure at Mount Union.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude with majors in chemistry and biology, I was accepted to the Ohio State University College of Medicine. As we rotated through the various specialties of medicine, I enjoyed each one, but became even more convinced that I wanted to be an independent family doctor in a small town.
I went on to do my internship and residency in Family Medicine at Akron City Hospital, now Summa Health Systems, in Ohio while my wife, Nancy, did hers in Radiology.
We then found Hanover rather by accident and fell in love with the town very quickly. Hanover Hospital was very gracious in helping both of us get started in our professional practices; Nancy at the hospital and me in my little office, the only one on the south side of town.
Anxious to employ all of my skills and training, I poured myself into the office practice, did obstetrics and psychiatry at the hospital, provided inpatient care to my hospital patients, made rounds at all of the nursing homes, did house calls, minor surgery in the office, and all sorts of office-based procedures, many of them dermatologic.
I also got involved with several organizations in town such as the Red Cross. I became actively involved in the political and administrative aspects of medicine at the hospital and eventually served several terms as president of the medical staff and as a hospital board member.
Due to age, family responsibilities, and time constraints (caused mostly by the challenges brought about by computerized records), I have in recent years limited myself mostly to just the office-based environment.
With age I also became more and more aware of God's grace and mercy, and more thankful of Christ's gift of salvation. I try to keep that in mind as I deal with each patient individually, remembering that we physicians often see patients at their worst moments and in their most vulnerable times. I believe all practictioners of the healing arts have a sacred honor and duty to reflect God's love and compassion for us all. I try to remember that Jesus was and is the greatest healer. I am continuously inspired by the selfless example set by so many physicians, and especially nurses, in this community. I am so blessed to have had and still have the privilege of working with the most remarkable partners and staff of Hanover Family Practice Associates.
Now, with the help of my trusted colleagues, Amber Thompson, esthetician, and Jason Zinn, PA-C, along with my incredibly dedicated office staff, I am really excited to bring that same level of compassion and care to our new clients of Allure LUX! My favorite aspect of this new venture is the opportunity to meet some new people and try to help them along the way of improving and restoring their sense of youthfulness and beauty; hopefully lending them more confidence and even more success in their personal and professional endeavors.