Grew up and schooled in SoCal (Fight On!!), with a recent one year stint in Seattle for advanced clinical training, then spent all last summer volunteering aboard the USNS Mercy Hospital Ship for a US Navy humanitarian mission around South East Asia and now a Bay Area transplant...and loving it! That's a run-on. Life is awesome.
I'm passionate about many things: travel, roadtrips, CrossFit/fitness, hiking, cooking, photography, healthcare, the outdoors, and most of all, being a kid at heart. Being active plays a huge role in my life. Besides CrossFit, I've enjoyed running a few half-marathons and just completed my first triathlon. I hope you like the outdoors because it's highly probable I'll ask you to go for a run or hike the first or second time we meet up.
From a career perspective, I strive to make major efforts to positively impact and change the way healthcare is delivered. I work as a Clinical Pharmacist specializing in Emergency Medicine and Trauma, with a front row seat to the circus of life, complete with all its beauty and horror. I absolutely LOVE what I do! If anything, instead of making me cynical, what I experience each shift makes me more excited about the gift of life. One caveat though, I don't completely define myself through my career choice, rather, it's only one layer to my layer-cake life.
I grew up reading Nat Geo, watching Discovery Channel, and as a kid I would sit on my bed and stare at a ginormous 6'x'4' Nat Geo world map above in order to memorize as many countries, islands, rivers, and lakes as possible. A few years back I had the gumption to quit my job and go experience these places that captured my imagination all across the globe. I spent an incredible 1.5 years playing global hopscotch meeting incredible people, gazing upon vistas that are absolutely sublime, all while experiencing some hair-raising adventures via car, train, plane, boat/ship, parachute, scuba tank, kayak, zip line, bicycle, motorcycle, scooter, horse, donkey, elephant to traverse oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains, valleys, concrete jungles, forests, plains, and deserts. Other times required I run, jump, swim, squat, duck, crawl, throw, abseil, stand, or just sit back and relax. Plenty of stories and lessons there. Once a traveler, always a traveler. Will continue to visit new places and revisit old ones with new insight/perspective. The way I see it, the more I experience now, the more I have to share later.
While crazy adventures create memories that last a lifetime, I still enjoy the simple stuff like flying my Squeaky the Octopus Kite around the Berkeley Marina, going for a fun run along Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge, watching the SF Ballet, attending a symphony, playing cloud pictionary, being immersed in a good book, reading The Economist, listening to NPR, watching TED, exploring a good museum exhibit, cooking up a new recipe, or just sipping a glass a wine watching the sunset from the balcony.
Do not misconstrue that I am always on the go, leading an intense nonstop life. There is bliss when vegging out and doing nothing at all. To sum it up, I like Ferris Bueller's famous line, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."