A retired psychiatrist, I have had Parkinson's disease for eighteen years and I'm happy to report that I'm not yet disabled; not yet in need of a caregiver. From 2012 until 2020, I directed our community-based support group for Persons with Parkinson's Disease (PWPs). I witnessed first hand as some PWPs required more and more assistance from a family member. I observed how their role evolved from spouse to caregiver.
During my varied, forty-year medical career, I have worn a wide variety of medical hats. After finishing medical school I volunteered to become a Marine Corps Flight Surgeon (Vietnam). Upon leaving the military, I went on to be a general practitioner (four years), an emergency room physician (four years), and finally as board-certified psychiatrist for twenty-five years. Over the decades, I have also made several shorter medical trips to Third-World countries including Honduras, Guatemala, and Uganda.
While my life and career have been fulfilling and meaningful, I still feel an inner drive to continue - like I'm not through with my life's work yet. That's why I'm here. I want to improve the lives of everyday people who are in relationships that needs a tune-up.
Resting during a hike with Gyp, our certified therapy dog
My wife and I at 12,000 feet in Rocky Mountain National Park