Compassion through empathy is what drives me as a physician assistant. It is from personal past experiences that I am able to empathize with our patients. As a former football athlete I weighed 255 lbs and suffered from chronic lower back and neck pain, as well as moderately high blood pressure and cholesterol. Through diet and exercise I was able to lose 70lbs, regain my health, rid myself of neck and back pain and significantly improve my quality of life. A transition I greatly attribute to the guidance of motivated health care professionals.

After graduating from Hofstra University, I obtained national syndicated certifications in corrective exercise and fitness training. I also worked for several years as a health coach and as a physical therapy clinical assistant. Having endured countless hours of physical therapy for injuries myself, along with working side-by-side with patients who suffered from body, spine and brain injuries, I have seen first hand the frustration and fear patients encounter when exhausting conservative treatment.

I am truly excited and privileged to work beside Dr. Igor Yusupov and Dr. Mohamed Abdulhamid at the Arizona Brain and Spine Center. My goal is to make the transition to specialty care a positive and hopeful experience for our patients and their families in order to aid them in their recovery.

Personal interests: travel/spending time with family, resistance training, corrective exercise, healthy cooking, hiking, and biking.

Education 

  • A.T. Still University, Master Degree of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Arizona State University, Masters of Education in Curriculum with emphasis in Exercise and Wellness
  • Hofstra University, Bachelor of Science in Physical & Health Education, emphasis in Programming Fitness

Additional Certifications

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine, Corrective Exercise Specialist and Personal Trainer
  • National Exercise and Sports Trainers Association, Personal Fitness Trainer

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