I am a student in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University Class of 2017, as well as a four-time CrossFit Games athlete and member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff.
I found CrossFit in the summer of 2009, while pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan and preparing to apply to medical school. As fate would have it, I stumbled into a local affiliate owned by Doug Chapman, a member of the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff. Although my start in CrossFit was far from graceful, my background in high school gymnastics and track and field helped me to quickly develop strength and skill. Within one year, I had surprised myself by qualifying for the 2010 CrossFit Games, where I finished in 5th place. Another year passed, and I had moved to Cleveland to begin medical school. I again placed 5th at the 2011 CrossFit Games. The 2012 season proved to be the most trying and rewarding yet as I delicately balanced my first year of medical school with CrossFit Games training, ultimately placing 2nd at the Games. In 2013 the time and work demands of the 2nd year of medical school outweighed the commitment necessary to continue competing, and I took the year off of competition to focus on school. I returned to CrossFit Games competition in 2014 taking 3rd place, and an Achilles tendon rupture at the 2015 Central Regional ended my competitive career as I have now returned my focus to my medical training full-time.
My journeys in both CrossFit and medicine began in parallel, but they have become progressively integrated as I’ve developed a better understanding of my life’s purpose. I believe it is my mission to use the talents I’ve been given to inspire and empower others to live healthier, more fulfilling lives. CrossFit has opened my eyes to the power of fitness—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual—in achieving maximal health and fulfillment. I intend to integrate these insights as I proceed in my medical training and care for my patients. Subscribing to CrossFit’s definition of health, I believe my role as a future physician will not simply be to facilitate the cure of disease, but to maximize the fitness of my patients over the years of their lives.