Position on the Board: Director
Occupation: Occupational Therapist – Pediatrics
Family Consists of: Kirsten (fiancé), Lincoln (Chocolate Lab), Lilly (Black Lab)
How did you become involved with The Toy Chest?
I used to work alongside the charity to better serve my pediatric clientele who needed some help and encouragement. That connection blossomed into a beautiful relationship, and I was invited to join their team a few months thereafter. It was a no-brainer!
What inspires you to make a difference?
I aspire to be the best I can be, but not for my own satisfaction. The better I am at work, life, and love, the better I can change the lives of those I am working for.
What are you doing to “Be Relevant” in the community?
I want to combine my love for the human experience with my vocational expertise to break the mold of what a “professional” really is. Great healthcare professionals shouldn’t be unapproachable by other people. I want to be relevant in that I establish a reputation as an elite occupational therapist, but also one who connects with his clients on a personal level. The Toy Chest has been a great vehicle to facilitate strides in that direction. No other organization focuses so intently on the life experiences of other people, while also enabling their appropriate health and wellbeing. Let’s not forget that culture defines health. Connecting with a therapy client on a personal level, empathizing and embracing our differences, allows me to understand their culture and what their version of “health” really is. My education and The Toy Chest enable me to hold their hands as they kick down the walls between them and their goals. That sends chills up my spine every single time.
Things you may not know about me.
I am somewhat of an academic but I’m also an avid outdoorsman and musician. If I’m not working in my clinic or working with The Toy Chest on our projects, I’m hunting, fishing, hiking, playing piano, guitar, or singing. I, like most eternal optimists, once considered pursuing a career in music (*pause here for laughter*). My how dreams change!