Mark was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. Growing up in the 1960's on such television fare as ''Dr. Kildare'' and ''Ben Casey'', he was inspired to work in medicine at an early age. At age 15 he started gaining experience in the medical field as a volunteer at a local community hospital, and eventually worked his way into a position there as an orderly. After graduating from high school, he trained as a respiratory therapist at St. Joseph's Hospital in Towson, Maryland. He continued to work there until 1975 at which time he joined the United States Navy as a medical Corpsman.
He attended the Medical Corpsman Training Program at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Great Lakes Illinois, graduating second in his class. After graduation, he was stationed at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland for three years. Then in his last year as a navy corpsman, he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he trained with the Third Marine Division as a field medical service corpsman. He received an Honorable Discharge in 1979 and moved to San Diego, California.
Over the next several years he worked his way north to Sacramento, with a stop for a few years in Los Angeles. There he met his wife- to-be Susan and they were married in 1987. With Susan's support, he completed his college requirements and was accepted into the University of California, Davis FNP/PA program in Sacramento.
In 1990 Mark graduated from the FNP/PA program in the top ten percent of his class. He took his national certification board examination and scored In the top five percent of the country, receiving special mention in Family Practice and Surgery. He received his California license as a Physician Assistant in 1991. 2015 marks his twenty-fifth year as a physician assistant! In his first 12 years as a PA Mark worked in Family Practice and Urgent Care, including seven years with Associated Family Physicians, specializing in the management of patients with diabetes and complex medical problems. He also welcomed three children - Caitlyn, Joel and Courtney - into his family. In 2003 he left Associated Family Physicians and took an 18 month hiatus from patient care to fill an interim position directing the State of California Diabetes Prevention and Control Program.
Returning to patient care in 2005, he accepted a position with Sutter Memorial Hospital as a Heart Failure Specialist, and was there for nine years. He then moved to Sutter Medical Group where he ran the Excellence in Chronic Care Clinic for 18 months. In March of 2015 he happily accepted a position back with Associated Family Physicians and looks forward to working with old friends and new.
Mark lives with his wife and family in South Land Park.