Joe grew up in Idaho, camping and running rivers with his family. He pursued his undergrad in cell biology and neuroscience at Montana State, teaching skiing at Bridger Bowl in the winter and working as a wildland firefighter in the summer for the Boise Hotshots. Joe first visited Alaska while deployed on one of these fires. During medical school he struggled with what to specialize in, in large part because he so enjoyed whatever rotation he was currently on. He participated in a Wilderness and Rural medicine track on the western slope of Colorado and also traveled to Kenya with a team of surgeons and physicians during his third year of medical school. Both of these experiences helped him realize a passion for family medicine and a desire to provide comprehensive care in a rural environment; and the wilderness and beauty of Alaska seemed like the perfect setting to pursue these goals! Joe is excited by the unique opportunities that Alaska provides both professionally and recreationally. Outside of medicine, in the summer Joe enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, and savoring a cold beer with friends under the amazing midnight sun. During the beautiful winter months he loves anything and everything that involves sliding on snow and has found the backcountry around Anchorage to be particularly fantastic. With his wife Amanda and their dog Alucard, he continues to explore all that this amazing playground called Alaska has to offer while simultaneously growing into the kind of physician he wants to be.