Would you mind sharing about yourself and your background?
I’d describe myself as a salt-of-the-earth American. I was raised in the country outside the small town of Zillah, Washington. I learned to work hard at a young age on our family cherry and apple farm, for which I’m grateful. After high school, having more motivation than direction, I spent nearly 3 years trying to find my path in life before discovering my passion for vision and ocular health. The next 8 years went quickly, earning my way through school working several jobs: diesel mechanic, lab tech., electrician, grounds keeper, and meat cutter. After graduation, I was blessed with the opportunity to serve our country as a commissioned officer within the United States Public Health Service. I spent the next 7 years as the Chief of Optometry for two under-served duty-locations, in remote Dillingham Alaska and at the Yakama Indian Health Center in Toppenish Washington. In late 2015, after much debate, I felt it was time for a change. Having visited family in the L/C Valley many times and knowing how special this area is, I looked no further. Fortunately, Dr. Gregory Reed was thinking of retiring after practicing in the same location on Thain for 44 years. I assumed ownership in November of 2015, and am so glad I did. My wife Cheryl and I will celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary in June, and have 5 wonderful children ranging from 6 months to 13. I enjoy helping people see better, spending time with family, my faith, running, hunting, fishing, and working with my hands.