Okay seriously...who is this guy?
Updated: May 24, 2019
The first 20 years of my adult life were focused on training for and treating physical trauma as a medic in the US military. In the pre-9/11 era, it was highly unlikely that a peacekeeping mission to a resort community in the Sinai Peninsula would expose a 19 year old kid to his first critical patient- who was a close friend with a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head. That event would set the tone for the naive and unhealthy mindset of never losing another patient or friend again.
Follow the story from my very first memories, which later I learned and recognized them to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), to the war in Iraq which left me questioning my own morals and actions.
Many wonder why some Veterans and First Responders ultimately develop Posttraumatic Stress "Disorder" (PTS-"D") and/or problems with Addiction, while others seem to get by the rest
of their lives "okay."
In 2015, after carefully analyzing my life and deciding that it was worth something...I set off on 4 year self-experiment on myself to work in the field of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.
I sometimes get the question "what would make a former Green Beret Medic want to work with drug addicts and crazies"? Well remember how I spent the first 20 years of my career dedicated to healing physical trauma?" I'd like to spend the remainder of my time helping others recover from
psychological trauma and substance abuse.
So it turned out, the patient population I dreaded the most as a medic, turned out to be the ones who would teach me the most about the gift of life and service to others.
"Out of your deepest pain will come your greatest gifts--but this can only happen when you take control of the meaning"