Michael received two Bachelor of Science degrees from the Lyman Briggs School of Science at Michigan State University, one in human biology, with a specialization in health and humanities, and another in human physiology, with a specialization in health promotion. He received his Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies from Central Michigan University. He is Board Certified as a Physician’s Assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Micheal works in tandem with Dr. Rajeev Jain and Dr. Steven Glasgow in the areas of total joint replacement and sports medicine.
On Choosing to Practice Medicine . . .
I’ve always loved science, so entering medicine was a natural choice for me. When I was very young, my grandfather, a veteran, used to tell me stories about the medics he had encountered during the Korean War–the wonderful things they did and the compassion they had for others. That inspired me, and when I was an undergraduate, I decided to become a physician’s assistant.
On Patient Care . . .
I present the range of treatment options to our patients and help them make informed decisions about the best course of action for their particular situation. The desired outcomes for each individual will vary. The patient may be a middle-aged person wanting to be more active in a sport he or she enjoys, an elite athlete returning to competition, or an elderly person who simply wants to achieve greater mobility.
It’s unusual to have a resource like MOI in a community of our size, and I really enjoy the fact that I see my patients at the grocery store and around town. Working in a community like ours allows all of us at MOI to have extended relationships with our patients and to follow their progress over the long term. I see people who are quite debilitated when we first meet with them. It’s wonderful to see them again, in a different context, doing well after their treatment.
When he’s not practicing medicine . . .
I enjoy working with stained glass. I also take advantage of all the outdoor activities the Midwest has to offer. I love fishing and being outdoors with my family. I grew up with a strong emphasis on family, so spending time with them is a priority.
I also appreciate the opportunities I have to join Dr. Jain on the speaking engagements and educational events we hold throughout the community.