Many people become physicians by first attending four years of college then attending four years of medical school followed by 3 to 8 years of additional training as a resident at a hospital or university affiliated training facility.
I came from a working, middle class family in Fort Worth, Texas. After I graduated from high school, I had to be careful and prudent with my education so I decided that I would learn a trade in a medical field that would allow me to work toward my goal of being a doctor.
I first became a Fireman Paramedic followed by an operating room technician. I did that for 4 years, while also working on my college degree. I then became a Physician Assistant (P.A.) and worked for an orthopedic surgery group for 15 years. I never lost sight of my goal to become a physician but real world realities caused me to delay that decision.
During my time as a P.A., I did all of the wound care for the orthopedic group and this gave me the motivation and experience I would later need to become a Wound Care physician. Circumstances finally allowed me to apply to medical school.
After medical school, I did an internship in Pennsylvania and a residency in Illinois. After 15 years, I decided to retire and move back to Texas.
Retirement did not suit me, so I looked to wound care as a field of interest that I successfully did for so many years. I did a 3 month preceptorship at Central Texas Wound Healing Associates and was then Medical Director of the Wound Clinic at Palestine Regional Medical Center.
I was subsequently able to become Medical Director at Arise Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center.
I am now able to take the skills that I have learned over 20 years in wound care to bring “Healing to Your Hometown”.