What motivates you to work hard?
I love seeing the direct impact as a surgical team that we can make in the level of function and quality of life in our patients. I am motivated by incredible desire that our patient’s have to get better.
What is your family background?
My Father is from Zadar, Croatia in Europe and my Mum is Canadian. My Dad is a stone mason and my Mum is a classically trained concert pianist.
Where did you meet your wife?
French class in college. So cliché, however so fortunate!
What is your favorite type of food?
Japanese.. and “deep fried”. My wife has to remind me that “Deep fried” isn’t a food.
What are your hobbies?
My baby girl Maddie is 17 months old and my son Christian is 7 years old. I am having so much fun revisiting my childhood through their eyes, playing hockey (I’m Canadian!), attending soccer games and watching them get excited about the same things that I enjoyed when I was a little guy. My wife and I enjoy camping, traveling and the adventure of seeing new places and introducing them to new cultures.
How would your friends describe you?
Approachable, funny, decisive, dedicated to “keeping it real”.
What is your biggest fear?
Getting to the end of my life without accomplishing the long list of places I want to see and things I want to do with my family.
What are your favorite movies?
Too many to list… The Gladiator, Planes Trains and Automobiles, Goldfinger, Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, of course anything from the 80s!
Who are your Favorite Bands?
Foo Fighters, Metallica, The Cult, Kaskade
What is your favorite part about being a doctor?
I can’t imagine doing anything else in life than being a surgeon. It’s all I can ever remember wanting to do since I was a little boy. Undoubtedly it has something to do with having my clubfoot fixed by an orthopedic surgeon when I was two. Seeing a patient with a fracture or deformity and being able to physically restore them back to where they want to be in such a short time is an amazing job. I feel fortunate that we have so many people who place their trust in us to fix them.
What was your first job?
Helping my Grandpa on his farm in Victoria, BC. Probably one of the best educations I ever received.
Number of days it takes to start relaxing on vacation?
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