Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
Houston (Clear Lake Area). Moved away to begin my education in 2004 and now living in NE Houston for the past 5 years
One thing people would be surprised to know about you…
People are often surprised I am a surgeon by day and brewery owner by night
Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?
My wife of course! She is the backbone that allows me to do so much professionally.
Favorite things to do with your kids?
Watch her as she explores and learns new things. It is nice to be reminded of the wonder and excitement of everyday objects/events.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I am Co-owner and general manager of Ingenious Brewing Company in Humble
How do you balance work and family?
Very challenging. Demands of being a surgeon and owning a separate young business leads to early mornings and long evenings. It is easy to get caught up in work and forget about family balance. We utilize a daycare (which closes at 6:30 pm each evening) and knowing that I need to pick her up and therefore cannot work past 6:30 pm is helpful to break the cycle of always trying to get one more thing done.
Best “Dad advice” you have received so far?
“The longest days are the shortest years” has rung so true. Even though there is so much going on at the moment time is absolutely flying by. Can’t believe she is almost two!
Any “Dad Advice” you would like to share with other dads?
My strategy before having a kid was to work hard for the next 10 years and try to slow down after that (with the idea that a kiddo probably won’t remember the earliest years of their lives and I’ll have more time when it matters). What I am learning, however, is that these early years have an enormous impact on my own life and now I would hate to miss out on these early days. My advice would be to find balance and treasure every moment (cliché but just so true).
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
The community is our life blood. As a provider of urologic services, they entrust me to provide care to them as if they were my own family and for that I am extremely grateful. As a business owner, the community has been even more vital. The support for the brewery has allowed us to employee 10 full time staff members and it feels good knowing I am helping them provide for their own families.