Jonathan enjoyed the freedom of a childhood in the rural town of Cowiche in Washington State’s Yakima Valley. He grew up running around the hillsides of the Pacific Northwest, mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking. He attended medical school close to home at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Yakima, WA. As a National Health Service Corps Scholar, he hopes later to serve as a physician in a rural community much like the one where he grew up. He leaves a large extended family behind, but his wife and three children eagerly joined him in his recent move to Anchorage! They anticipate many new adventures in Alaska together.