A scene from my front porch from years ago. 

In another life,

I would have gone to art school but I went to medical school instead. In retrospect, it was one of the best decisions I could have made. 

Studying medicine was a sobering experience. I grew more as a human being in those four years than at any other point in my life.

I do not remember all the names, there are hundreds at this point, but each patient I was lucky enough to care for left an impression upon me, and helped me grow.

The hands of a mother and her daughter.

From my first beach wedding booking.

I kept up with photography throughout medical school. In fact, it had never been so prolific. Photography was my outlet from the nearly constant studying I had to do to keep up. Between the hospital, a clinic, or the library, I was hired to photograph families, couples, and weddings.

From a maternity session years ago. 

My wife and I in Vietnam.

After medical school

I began my training in obstetrics and gynecology. I love working with my hands, and chose this field because it is highly surgical and it was by far, my favorite rotation while I was a student. 

But six months into residency, I had a change of heart. I simply could not see myself as an OBGYN for the rest of my life. So I decided to let go, and withdrew from the program. Bold and terrifying all at once, it was the hardest decision I ever had to make.

My significant other helped me move forward. Now my wife,  Berry had just started her pediatric dentistry residency program when she suggested that I should consider dentistry. Somehow she knew that my personality and background in art and science would make me a perfect fit.

A drawing of a maxillary premolar I made for Dental Morphology Class.

One of my  trusty cameras.

As it turned out, she was right (she almost always is.) After the first few weeks of dental school, I felt as if every skill I took the time to develop suddenly became relevant and useful to me. It was a place where my passion for art and my training in medicine combined almost seamlessly.

What lies ahead is exciting, and I cannot wait for the future. But in the meantime, I am dedicated to learning as much as I can while I am in school, and to taking care of my growing family.

This is my whole world.