How did you become interested in medicine?
I grew up on a farm by Luverne, MN. There I tended after the animals or someone in the family. Through that I became interested in the science of medicine. One thing led to another and I pursued medicine as a career.
After school, your medical career delivered a lot of excitement.
I attended medical school and residency at the University of Iowa. Then I served in the Army at Fort Bragg, NC as an obstetrician. It was a busy army base with lots of deliveries. After two years, I came back to Sioux Falls to raise my children, and I’m thrilled to have delivered thousands of babies over the years.
With about 10,000 babies delivered, what do you like best about your practice?
After all these years, it is my greatest joy to see the reaction each family has to the miracle of birth. There is sheer joy and exhilaration that fills the room when a baby is born.
What do you think about all of the change and growth here at The Birth Place?
I have seen a lot of changes in the last 30 years at Sanford. When I started, our space for deliveries looked much like an operating room. Then we moved to the family suite and we only had one. Sanford expanded into the newer version of our family suites which are much more roomy, comfortable, patient friendly and spouse-friendly. Today, it feels like it is more the patient’s delivery than our delivery, and that’s a big plus for everyone.
What do you like to do outside of work?
My primary interest is six, going on seven, grandchildren. They keep me busy chasing after them. Otherwise, I’m into all sorts of sporting activities including cross-country skiing, sailing, running, biking and kayaking.
What have your grandkids taught you about being a doctor?
My grandchildren have shown me the joy that comes with the full spectrum of life. They have a hunger and curiosity about everything. Then you experience the maturation through adulthood and now into this phase of life, I am a little more reflective on things. Kids are the beginning of that process. They highlight your thought processes at the other side of it.
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