Adam grew up working with his family. Early memories include taking care of his grandparents’ land, chickens and horses as well as helping with a wide variety of family businesses. He learned at a young age that the ability to work could open opportunities in life.
This lesson instilled a work ethic that carried into college years where he naturally enjoyed the sciences, and working with his hands, which led him to contemplate a profession in medicine or veterinary science. Several college professors were helpful in pushing him toward a medical profession, but until a friend introduced him to his brother, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Adam was not aware of that specific specialty. After observing this surgeon work, Adam was drawn to oral and maxillofacial surgery. He could see the positive life-changing alterations for patients. He loved that oral surgeons both operated and administered anesthesia, and that they worked closely with dentists in the overall care of patients. Adam had found his profession.