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 learn to skate and what is your first hockey memory?
I started skating when I was three years old in Scottsdale, Ariz. My first hockey memory is probably playing with an organization, the M&M Thunder in Wisconsin.
What have you learned in your first season at the USHL level?
You’ve got to live like a pro. You have to eat nutritionally well and sleep well to perform at a high level every day. In practice, going against guys like Sean Farrell, Josh Doan and Matt Coronato, you have to prepare your body and your mind as well. I feel really happy with where I’m at and what I’ve learned this past year. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Individually, where do you feel that you’ve improved the most as a player this season?
Pretty much all aspects of my game. When you have coaches like Adam Nicholas, Brock Sheahan, Mike Garman and Matt Deschamps, they teach you things you’re not expecting to learn and this year, I’ve improved in all aspects.
Growing up in Wisconsin, did you have a favorite NHL team or did you just follow individual players?
I was 100% a Chicago Blackhawks fan; I’m still a Hawks fan. My dad is from Chicago and he loves the Hawks too.
What do you see in your future, both short term and long term?
Short term, I definitely see myself going to college and having a good college career and then long-term, hopefully playing in the NHL. That’s always been a dream of mine.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, and went to college in Ann Arbor. GO BLUE!
What sports or activities did you participate in as a child?
I was a swimmer through high school, though always enjoyed playing any sport!
What college/university(s) did you attend?
I attended the University of Michigan.
What drew you to working in healthcare?
The ability to help people restore function and return to activities they love is an unbelievable privilege. Once you have that feeling after seeing a happy patient, you are sold for life!
What part of your job do you most enjoy?
People! The best part of this job is partnering with our patients and seeing them achieve their goals.
Do you have a favorite NHL/pro sports team?
Hockeytown USA (Detroit Red Wings)
What is your favorite thing about working for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush?
The innovative approach to delivering orthopedic care. We not only pride ourselves on excellence in clinical care, but also research education and pushing the envelope to offer our patients the most innovative treatment options available.