What got you interested in healthcare?
When I was 28, my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was lucky enough to live in an area where treatment was accessible. Through that experience, I learned that many women in so many areas didn’t have the same opportunity. I knew at that moment how important it was for women to have access to care, and I vowed to do my part to make that happen. Before Iron Health, I was lucky enough to work with a company where I was in control of the places where we could offer 3D mammography to women. I specifically looked for underserved markets and did what I could to make screening mammography accessible to women in all areas. I smile every time I think about how many women’s lives I had a hand in saving.
Is there something that you missed from your own healthcare experience that Iron Health specifically addresses?
Although my last position was very rewarding, and I was making a difference, I was only helping a particular age group of women. My wife also had some complications with the birth of our daughter. Through that experience, I learned that women weren’t getting the care and compassion that they desperately needed. The biggest issue in our area was how long it actually took to see her OB/GYN because of the shortage of providers to patients. I was very excited when I first learned about Iron Health and knew from the initial conversation that I wanted to join the company. Iron Health is making and will continue to make care accessible to all women for Primary Care & Specialty Care, Behavioral Health, Weight Management and Nutrition, Peripartum, and Menopause.
What’s something you wish people knew more about?
I really wish more people knew about and understood what women actually go through during menopause. Like most men, and women for that matter, I had no idea how menopause affects a woman's physical and mental health.
What makes you most excited about working at Iron Health?
I am very excited about the future of Iron Health. This is the first company that I have worked with where I can confidently say everyone's interests are aligned. I couldn’t be more proud of the teams we are building. This company is already making a difference in women’s lives by making care accessible to all. My responsibility and vow is to continue to expand our offerings and to make care accessible to all women in every market in the US.
What does “strengthening the healthcare system” mean to you?
Strengthening healthcare means everything to me. I have a 24 year old son and a 9 year old daughter. I want my children and their children to always be able to get the care they need so they can live a long and healthy life. I am driven to do my part so that every parent can feel the same way. My daughter was born deaf and with the many trips to the hospital when she was younger, I saw things that still make me cry to this day. We can do better and at Iron Health we are on the right track.
Any funny stories?
I learned very early on that when walking through an OB/GYN office to look down at the floor when walking through the halls. One of the first offices I ever went to, I was walking to the lunch area and an exam room door opened and there was a lady with her leg up in stirrups. I am not one to get embarrassed but my face was bright red and I didn’t know what to say or do. I froze and she just looked at me and smiled. I’m guessing she thought I was a provider but that 1 moment changed me forever.
When you’re not working, where can we find you?
When I’m not working you can either find me at a dance competition for my daughter, at lunch or dinner with my son, or sitting outside with my wife waiting for my daughter to get out of dance classes. I wasn’t ever a person that liked going to the gym. I used to always say “weights are heavy”. I am not a young guy any longer and I finally know how important it is to take care of myself so I can be around for my children. I am going to the gym 4-5 mornings a week. On the weekends if we don’t have dance you will find us on our boat on the lakes or St John’s River.
Anything you'd like to add?
I am very happy and fortunate that I was offered the job of VP of Sales at Iron Health. I can’t thank Stephanie Winans (CEO), Susanna Wiborg (Chief of Staff), Chris Toler, MD (Chief Clinical Officer), and Kristina Furlan (Chief Product Officer) more for having the confidence in me to be a good ambassador for our company. It really is humbling to know they had so many candidates to choose from, and they ultimately decided I was the right person for this critical role. It means a lot to me and my goal is to every day continue to prove to them they made the right decision.