I grew up adventuring all over the world. After visiting several dozen countries and living for a year in Europe, I earned a BS in Science Communications from University of Portland. After another year of traveling around the world, I attended University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. I trained in family medicine and worked in emergency and urgent care medicine for 15 years.

I specialize in wilderness, occupational, emergency, and travel medicine. I’m a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and hold a Certificate of Travel Health from International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM).I have a clinical practice at Providence Occupational and Travel Medicine in Hood River, Oregon. I work as a medical expert witness, author, public speaker, and editor.

I’m currently working on Adrenaline Junkies Bucket List due out in June 2013 by St. Martins Press. I serve as Editor-in-Chief of NewsShare and communications for International Society of Travel Medicine and Editor Emeritus of Wilderness Medicine magazine. I frequently write for Backcountry, Wilderness and Environmental Medicine, and Portland Monthly.

I travel all the time. In the last few years, I completed the ski mountaineering epic, Haute Route, from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. I lead a medical team to Haiti with my good friends at Medical Student Missions ( I taught wilderness and travel medicine to doctors on the Inca Trail in Peru and on the Mont Blanc Circuit in the Alps. I skied with my family in the unbelievably scenic Andes at Portillo, Chile. Next year, I’m headed to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania with Wilderness and Travel Medicine (, to Maastrich, the Netherlands with the International Society of Travel Medicine (, and back to Haiti.

I’m a strong believer in community volunteering: locally to globally. I volunteer with youth soccer, with school curriculum committees and with the legendary Hood River Crag Rats, the first mountain rescue unit in the country.

I work as a medical legal consultant in primary care and outdoor medicine, specifically family practice, rural emergency medicine, urgent care, midlevel providers, and pre-hosptial care. I also consult frequently in hypothermia, heat stroke, avalanche injury, deep snow and tree well submersion asphyxiation, cruise ship medicine, and other topics.

I frequently give keynote talksto medical and general audiences, most notably Anatomy of a Search: Lessons from Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue Doctor: Balancing Passion and Profession. I frequently talk on deep snow and tree well submersion and avalanche safety.