Tom grew up in Hancock and has a deep appreciation for the way that people with different backgrounds and talents work together to accomplish a common goal. Through life experiences growing up, he became interested in helping people live happier and healthier lives.
As a child, he enjoyed the beach so it was fitting that his first opportunity to care for others was by working as a lifeguard on Lake Minnewaska. Tom attended the University of Minnesota – Morris as a senior in high school and gained valuable knowledge as a student athletic trainer. This opened the door to other healthcare experiences that included volunteering as a first responder and working as an emergency medical technician (EMT). Upon completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota Morris, Tom attended the Mayo School of Health Related Sciences program for his medical degree.
He has a common sense approach to medicine, listening carefully to his patient’s concerns and symptoms and working with them to establish a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Tom is a board certified physician assistant with years of experience in rural emergency medicine. His advanced training in point-of-care ultrasound has become an extension of his physical exam for patients with serious injuries and illnesses. When seconds count, he utilizes the real-time capabilities of ultrasound to expedite and enhance his evaluation and treatment of critical patients.
The friendliness, traditional values, and strong work ethic were influential in his decision to move back to West Central Minnesota. Tom was drawn to Glacial Ridge Health System by the dynamic and talented staff who have a vested interest in providing exceptional health care that is second to none. He joined the Emergency Department at Glacial Ridge Health System in January 2014.
In his time off, Tom enjoys water sports, hunting, competing in triathlons, and spending time with his wife and children. Their goal is to live out their faith while having fun together as a family.