Team Physicians to the Chicago Steel
This is part of our ongoing series in partnership between the Steel and our team physician, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. As we get to know members of the 2020-2021 Chicago Steel, we’ll also get to know the outstanding physicians and staff at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush who help keep our players safe and healthy.
When did you first start playing hockey and who was your biggest influence in the game?
I started skating when I was around three and I picked up a stick and puck probably around four or five. I think the biggest influence in showing me the ropes is my dad. He played hockey when he grew up and ended up playing professional in Switzerland so he took me through the game because he already went through everything and he’s been awesome.
Before you arrived mid-season, did you know anyone on the roster?
No, not personally. I knew a few people going to Harvard, where I am committed, but I didn’t personally know anyone. I’ve gotten to know everyone now and it’s been great.
You scored your first goal as a member of the Steel in your third game. Did that help your transition with immediate production?
The goals made it easier, you’re always waiting for that first one and then the guys in the room and the coaches made it easy, too. They just sat me down and said play your game and everything else will come. I just focused on playing my game and it came pretty early.
You mentioned fellow Harvard University commits Matt Coronato, Sean Farrell and Ian Moore. Have you talked with them about what the future looks like?
We’ve talked about it, how it’s going to be a lot of fun next year, possibly living together in future years and things like that. Hockey-wise, I think we’re going to be a really good team in a couple of years so I’m really excited for that. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
Where are you from?
I'm from Bettendorf, Iowa.
What sports or activities did you participate in as a child?
I participated in cross country, track and tennis
What college/university(s) did you attend?
I went to University of Iowa for undergrad and Med School, then Dartmouth for residency.
What drew you to working in healthcare?
I received my undergraduate in biomedical engineering. We had the opportunity to work with the orthopaedic department at the University of Iowa and I was exposed to joint replacement. I was amazed at how joint replacement could change peoples lives.
What part of your job do you most enjoy?
I enjoy seeing patients with debilitating pain be given their lives back. They are able to return to sport, play with their grandkids, travel, etc. I love seeing and hearing all of the stories.
Do you have a favorite NHL/pro sports team?
Being from Iowa, we did not have professional sports. I have always been a Chicago fan. However, I will always be an Iowa Hawkeye at heart.
What is your favorite thing about working for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush?
I truly enjoy the people I work with on a day-to-day basis. I am so blessed to have such an amazing team that I get to work with side by side every day all with the same goal of delivering exceptional healthcare.