Michael was born and raised in Maple Grove, MN. As a teenager, he was introduced to an orthopedic surgeon who helped him be able to play sports again after a difficult diagnosis. Through that experience, he saw medicine as a way he could serve people his entire life.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul. After hearing stories about retired nurses and doctors who volunteer in some of the most difficult places on earth, Michael plans to do the same after a career caring for others. He earned his physician assistant degree at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ followed by a year-long fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona for Internal Medicine – Critical Care.
He was attracted to GRHS because of the investment in high-tech equipment to provide rapid and safe critical care for ER patients. Having worked in both large and small hospitals, he enjoys caring for patients in rural hospitals because it offers the opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships with patients and staff. Michael joined the emergency medicine team in June 2020.
Outside of work, Michael enjoys playing basketball and baseball, parenting his three children with his wife, and studying theology and politics.