Coaching, teaching, and mentoring youth have always been an important part of Dave’s life. He coached basketball for 10 years, running youth camps and in community youth leagues in New York City and Berkeley, CA. He is a former 6th grade teacher in a public school in NYC, and continues to feel passionate about being an educator at the University of Washington. Team sports have also been an important part of his life including playing ice hockey and baseball as a kid, playing on his high school basketball, soccer and volleyball teams and playing two years of basketball in college. He discovered the sport of Ultimate well into his athletic career while spending a year as a medical intern in Providence, Rhode Island where he played with Brownian motion, traveling to the semifinals of college Ultimate nationals. Although his medical practice takes up significant time, he continues to love playing Ultimate whenever he can and sees it as an incredible sport for fostering community and empowering youth.
When not playing team sports, Dave or ‘Doc’ is a physician on faculty at the University of Washington where he divides his time between caring for amputees at the VA, doing research in a motion analysis lab, and teaching medical students and residents. He can also be found on top of a mountain making an incredible sandwich or on his porch playing the banjo. He traveled to Israel in 2009 as a part of the Ultimate Peace and is honored to be on the team of coaches going back this summer to bring together kids from different backgrounds in the Middle East to share the joy of playing Ultimate.