I’ve wanted to be a physician since fifth-grade and have worked in health care since I was in high school. I was an insurance clerk for a GP, and a pharmacy delivery boy as well. I’ve been competitive as well, on the UCLA fencing team as an undergrad before being awarded a NIH scholarship to attend simultaneously graduate and medical school at the University of Utah where I graduated summa cum laude with a PhD in Anatomy in 1972, and magna cum laude in Medicine in 1974, all with a minor in skiing. Determined not to put all my educational eggs in a single geographic basket, I then was recruited by Barnes Hospital in St Louis, MO where I did my internship and residency, majoring in internal medicine and sleep deprivation and was named as one of the top house officers in the country. Finally, I returned to Southern California, after being recruited to one of the top endocrine training programs in the US at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This entailed both clinical and research responsibilities under the direction of Dr William O’Dell. I decided to pay it forward by returning to my former hometown in Southern California where I practiced for over 14 years before finally coming to Boise, seeking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the too big city. I’m the proud father of four wonderful children, and have ten grandchildren, all of whom humble me by their love of life.