I have been an avid outdoorsman throughout my life enjoying snow skiing, fishing, backpacking and climbing. I studied physical anthropology as an undergraduate, and biological anthropology for my PhD. Regarding the latter, I was studying the Quechua people living at high altitude in Peru/Andes, but did not finish my dissertation, as my father was ill and died at the age of 48 from COPD. It was then that I changed my career path, went to medical school, then a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. I have spent 30 years of clinical practice in these areas, in addition to the area of sleep medicine. During this time, I also served as the Medical Director of the ICU and several inpatient and outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation programs that I helped develop.
In my final year of practice, 2021, I read a life-changing book called Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nester. This book was Mr. Nestor’s account of his worldwide journey to find out what has happened with our breathing, and what can be done to correct the problem. He explored various breathing practices, some of which are ancient, including pranayama, Nadi Shodhana, yoga, Sudarshan Kriya and TUMMO, and the more recent Buteyko breathing method. I was particularly interested in the Buteyko Breathing Method (BBM) started by the Russian physician Dr Konstantin Buteyko in the 1950s. I read numerous scientific articles that corroborated some of his theories regarding what is proper breathing. My interest was piqued, and I pursued training through the Buteyko Clinical International founded by Patrick McKeown, a leading authority on this breathing technique, and who studied under Dr. Buteyko in Moscow. After finishing my studies, I became certified in the BBM (CertBBM), and followed this with studies through Patrick McKeown on the Oxygen Advantage, which led to certification as an Advanced Instructor (CertoA).
Armed with my medical knowledge in the area of pulmonary medicine along with my new knowledge of non-western approaches to breathing, I feel I can offer a unique perspective and set of skills to help individuals with disordered breathing, anxiety, asthma, COPD, long-haulers of COVID with their myriad of symptoms, and sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea, mixed/complex sleep apnea). Regarding this latter area, I not only have extensive medical understanding of the issues, but I myself suffer from severe obstructive sleep apnea.
As a pulmonary physician I performed numerous cardiopulmonary exercise studies, utilizing this knowledge in conjunction with the Oxygen Advantage I am applying these principles to help casual and elite athletes obtain their maximal physical performance and endurance. Using these same principles, I am involved in helping individuals and corporations improve their focus concentration and performance at work and in life with improved mindfulness.
Presently I offer Zoom consultations and follow-ups in an individualized, caring and compassionate approach to my clients.