Family tradition was David’s motivation for entering the military. His father served as an Army infantryman in Vietnam and, while he wanted to follow his father’s path, his interest in medicine led him to become an Army medic. David credits his military training for teaching him to remain calm and focused in the most-stressful situations.
He served three years of active duty and was deployed to Iraq for 10 months as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during which he earned a Bronze Star. He earned a BS in biology, as well as a master’s in health care from the University of Colorado-Denver. Now, 16 years after starting his medical studies, David is back in school pursuing his Doctor of Medicine.
David’s career goal is to be a family practice physician in Boise City, OK, a small town in the Oklahoma panhandle. He served as the volunteer CEO of the small 25-bed hospital in Boise City, which is served by a physician in his mid 80s. The doctor flew bombers in the Pacific during WWII and David is inspired by his service and dedication to the small community. David feels it is important to stand up for the “little guy” who needs help to stand on his own, and he plans to do his part to keep the hospital from closing. He also plans to serve as a physician in the Army National Guard.