I grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida after my parents moved from the Williamsport, Pennsylvania area in 1959. I graduated from Pompano Beach Senior High School in 1974. I later attended both Broward Community College and Florida Atlantic University in the mid’70’s after marrying my wife, Pat in 1976. I went onto get my Optometric degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee in 1982 on a full scholarship from the U.S. Army.
After I graduated, I served at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas as a staff physician. I was instrumental in establishing an Occupational Eye Clinic at the Naval Station at Corpus Christi, TX. The Army has a helicopter refurbishment facility there and we provided the safety eyeglasses and medical eye care for the civilian employees and active duty soldiers. In addition to my clinic duties, I was also an instructor for the Academy of the Health Sciences for the eye technician program. I also mentored students from the Pennsylvania, Houston and Memphis schools of optometry.
After I completed my Army service, I opened a private practice in Port Orange, Florida in 1985 and operated it for 6 years before moving to Charlotte County in 1991, I managed the Arcadia office for the Eye Centers of Florida for 9 years, before accepting a position closer to home with Community Eye Center in Port Charlotte. I was the Satellite Manager for both the Northport and Punta Gorda offices and remained there until 2008. Since then, I have been been providing quality eye care in Port Charlotte in my own practice, Deep Creek Eye Care.
When I am not seeing patients at the practice, I enjoy silversmithing and making boxes and pens on the lathe in my woodshop.