Thank you for visiting my page and joining me on this mission. It’s been quite a journey from the small Read More ...
Thank you for visiting my page and joining me on this mission. It’s been quite a journey from the small town of Fayetteville, NC to where I am now. After finishing high school, I attended the University of North Carolina, during some of the greatest Basketball years. In Chapel Hill, you could frequently see Michael Jordan walking down Franklin Street or going to class. Most of us realized that he was destined for greatness. Few of us recognized the impact he would have on our culture. I received my BS degree in Chemistry, and went on to do graduate study in Biochemistry at West Virginia University in Morgantown. After receiving my PhD, I went to Duke University to study Medicine. 3 years after I left Morgantown, I returned to do my residency training in Orthopedic Surgery. When I finished, I moved to Boston to do my fellowship in Spine Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital, as part of the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Fellowships. Yes, I finally made it to Harvard, and I got to train with Dr. Augustus White III that year, who was probably the equivalent of Michael Jordan in the field of Spin Surgery. I landed in Oklahoma City and, although I never would have predicted I’d end up here, it is now my home. Although I no longer practice clinical medicine or surgery, my mission is far from over.
Most people know me from my nearly 15 years of practice in Spine Surgery,aesthetic medicine and pain management. What I would like to be known for is my advocacy for people who are living with pain and the practitioners who treat them. There is a big problem, not just in Oklahoma, but nationwide where it concerns the treatment of pain. Someone needs to help break through the stigma, and stop the criminalization of pain management. Patients should not be treated like addicts. Doctors should not be treated like drug dealers.
Maybe my role is to be the “Michael Jordan” of this type of advocacy. Someone has to do it. I hope your on the team with me, or on the sidelines cheering for us to win.