I grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I went to Roanoke College, where I majored in psychology and ran on the cross country and track teams. I moved to Richmond after graduation and became interested in dentistry after doing some volunteering at the Crossover Clinic in Southside Richmond.
So I hear you’re in a band… :
I guess you could call it that. We’re really just a humble crew of guitar-playing, space-surfin’ astro-robo minstrels on an intergalactic quest to capture the music of the spheres. Click here to listen.
Biggest musical inspiration:
I love that early 1960s surf guitar sound that bands like The Ventures had going on, that super clean reverb/tremolo sound. And the atmospheric soundscapes Pink Floyd produced. I’d like to think the music I record is sort of a blend of those styles.
Please elaborate on some of your many hobbies:
When I’m not studying religiously, I’m usually found wrestling with my puppy, conducting cooking or electrical engineering experiments, or exploring the great outdoors. I try to get out on the trails whenever I can, either on foot or on my mountain bike. I’ve run five marathons and did my first 50K last February. I also love reading books when I can. My girlfriend Elizabeth has been teaching me how to face paint lately, so that has kept me busy.
What’s left on your Richmond bucket list:
One of these weekends I want to stock up on PB&Js and take a standup paddleboard down the James River with my pup to see how far we can get in a day.
Explain how to ride a unicycle in 10 words:
After you fall 3,842 times, it miraculously comes to you.
Favorite travel destination:
I studied abroad in Scotland and I’ve been trying to get back ever since. Also Switzerland! That place is unreal.
Driving through Nova Scotia in late September in a 1994 Plymouth Voyager minivan.
Favorite part about VCU SOD:
Definitely my classmates and the unique bond we all share. I also love all the little quirks of the faculty here. I think it’s interesting that so many different personality types are drawn to dentistry.