I was born and raised in rural central Illinois. My family and I still live in my hometown of Camargo. I graduated from Parkland College, the University of Illinois, and received joint degrees in Law and Medicine from Southern Illinois University. I trained as a family physician at SIU Decatur Family Medicine Residency Program and completed a health policy fellowship at Georgetown University. I am currently an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine and Director of Rural Health at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. I practice in the rural Amish community of Arthur where I teach medical students and train Family Medicine residents.