I grew up on a farm in Kansas to parents who set education as a very high priority. Our small farm never provided any financial security. It was in the 7th grade when I knew I wanted to be a doctor. I credit this to two important people who were very influential to me; the local primary care doctor, who was my hero, and our veterinarian.
Knowing I wanted to become a doctor so early in life allowed me to plan, which was a gift, and everything was focused thereafter. That is why I made the move from the small farm community to the big university, which was the University of Kansas. This is where I ultimately met my future wife, Beth, during junior year music history class. On our first date, I was able to tell her I had delivered over 100 babies. What she didn’t realize was that they were baby cows and pigs back on the farm.