34. That’s the number of kids in my family: my grandparents (19), my parents (10), and my wife and I have five. I’ve experienced a lot and heard many stories, all of which is helpful in my work with patients and their parents. There is an excellent chance that I’ve experienced what they are going through, particularly with behavioral approaches and training techniques.
Working with kids and helping them grow up healthy and strong makes me happy. I’ve been privileged over the years as a volunteer at an orphanage in Jamaica and as a coach for my children’s teams. When a child smiles because I’ve helped them feel better or learn a new skill it makes me feel great.
Now, after almost 25 years with Jacksonville Pediatrics, I have decided to reduce my hours to several days a month. I want to continue serving my patients while also pursuing other charitable endeavors that are dear to me. My wife, Julia, and I are thrilled to have more time to indulge our three grandchildren.