2012 Tillman Scholar
Dave enlisted in the U.S. Army, after high school. Originally, he had viewed his enlistment as a “vacation” from schooling but soon realized that working in medicine further drove his desire to attend college with the ultimate goal of completing medical school. Due to a variety of factors, he chose to pursue a Master’s in Healthcare Administration rather than completing medical school after he finished his undergrad degree. True to his belief that everything happens for a reason, it was his work as a “turn around” CEO of rural hospitals that introduced him to the need for rural physicians and to Osteopathic Medicine.
Dave had continued his service in the Army National Guard and in 2008, was granted another “vacation” to Ramadi, IQ. It was during this vacation from his hospital CEO work that Dave decided it was time to realize his life long dream of becoming a physician. After his deployment, he applied to, was accepted and completed his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the Oklahoma State University, in Tulsa, OK. He continues his military service in the Oklahoma Army National Guard and serves veterans, as a psychiatry resident at the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Hospital in Muskogee, OK. The VA system is a great place to practice medicine and continue serving others. Dave is one of less than five percent of the medical staff that have served in the Armed Forces.