Mike grew up in Downers Grove, IL, and now has an office in Naperville, IL. He went to college at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Mike met his wife, Dana, while doing his medical residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. The two especially enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking. 

Mike is passionate about local food and cooking; he has his own vegetable garden, and freezes vegetables for use during the winter. Sometimes, he can make it the whole year without getting vegetables from other farmers, but some years when his supply gets low, he gets vegetables from local farmers. Mike and Dana get beef, lamb, pork, chicken, turkey, and chicken eggs from local farmers and store it in freezers in their basement. They eat more fish and seafood compared to other meats. They get wild ocean fish and seafood from seafood companies and warehouse stores, and local freshwater herring, lake trout, and whitefish from family fisheries on northern Lake Superior. Mike enjoys making healthy food, and cooks dinner for Dana practically every night.


Professional Experience

  • Hospital Medical Director, Advocate Health Care, 2002-2008
  • Graduate Medical Education Director, Advocate Health Care, 2005-2010
  • Clinical Professor, University of Illinois College of Medicine, 2004-2010
  • Graduate Medical Education Wellness Committee, Advocate Health Care, 2007
  • Quality Council, Advocate Health Care, 2002-2008
  • Research and Scholarly Activity Committee, Advocate Health Care, 2001-2002


  • Medical Degree, Highest Honors, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, High Honors, University of Notre Dame, 1993
  • Leadership Coach Training, Accredited, International Coach Federation, 2011

Fun Facts


  • Running, Hiking
  • Cooking, Gardening
  • Local Food
  • Nutrition Research
  • Pokémon GO
  • Stock/Bond/ETF/Options Trading (Technical Analysis)
  • Fixed Income Investing, Retirement Planning, Asset Allocation Strategies
  • Researching Metabolism in Endurance Athletes

Places I'd Like to Visit

  • Alberta, Canada, Banff National Park, Lake Louise
  • France, Spain, Italy
  • Castles in England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland
  • Boston and Cape Cod
  • Maine in September or October for Fall Foliage
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Best Trips So Far

  • Ontario Wilderness, Canada
  • Skiing Vail, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin
  • Cayman Islands
  • Kauai and Hawaii

Favorite Shows and Music

  • Heartland (Canadian TV Series, set in Alberta, Canada)
  • Seinfeld
  • Favorite Voice - Lana Del Rey

Currently Watching

  • Chef's Table (Netflix Original Series)

Recently Watched

  • Samurai Gourmet (Netflix Original Series)
  • Chef's Table France (Netflix Original Series)

Favorite Foods

  • Wild Chinook Salmon (Steamed, Poached, or Lightly Braised)
  • Diver Scallops
  • Braised Chicken Thighs
  • Pastured Chicken Eggs
  • Tomato Sauces
  • Spinach

Favorite Months

  • September & October