Deer-Isle Stonington High School, 2000
St. Joseph’s College of Maine, 2004
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, DO, 2008
Current town: Cape Elizabeth
“You have all the time in the world to figure out who you are and what you want to be, so no need to rush it.”
Eric was raised in Stonington along with his twin brother, younger brother, and younger sister in a tight-knit family. He credits his dad’s tremendous work ethic and commitment to family as motivation to succeed as a physician. To this day, his favorite spot in Maine is Sand Beach in Stonington where he proposed to his wife. With all his professional success, Eric sees his greatest accomplishment as raising his three children as good individuals.
What is your current profession?
I’m a Primary Care Physician but I also have some administrative duties, and I teach residents and interns. I like learning about my patients and seeing them grow and develop. I like to teach and be with learners so I, too, can learn things as well as share my experience. I do enjoy helping people on weekends. People have my cell or can connect to me on Facebook. I always wanted to return to a community like my childhood one in Stonington. I want to serve the community I live in.
How did receiving the Mitchell Scholarship influence you?
It allowed me go to St. Joe’s, to a small school similar to the community I grew up in, where I would thrive and be able to go on to medical school. I faced significant financial burdens and the Scholarship helped, especially because I was the first one to go to college. Not having family members who had gone down that path made it difficult for me to understand the process and expectations. Having the support of the Scholarship meant someone cared and gave me the confidence to succeed. Now, I am proud to give back to the Institute through my service on the Board of Directors and the Alumni Council. I enjoy connecting with Scholars who I see in the same situation I was as an undergraduate. I try to support them to let them know they can achieve their dreams.