John grew up in Granville, Ohio and Boulder, Colorado, with extended family in Idaho. He graduated cum laude from Regis University in Denver with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. After this, John worked as a Registered Nurse on the Pediatrics floor of Denver Health Medical Center. Later, he returned to school at Regis to complete a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner while receiving the “Graduate Nursing Student of the Year” award. Having a broad background in healthcare, John worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in family practice for 6 years and in college health for a total of four years, until joining Denver Dermatology in 2005. He has been a clinical preceptor to numerous undergraduate and graduate nursing students, as well as a guest lecturer.
Prior to entering the health care field, John spent ten years as a professional musician. As a member of the popular cowboy folk duo “Horse Sense” he traveled extensively across the United States and six continents, recording five albums, conducting numerous artist-in-the schools programs, and performing concerts in venues as varied as cook tents and rodeos in Wyoming to Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York City. John sings and plays fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar. He is a former Research Fellow of the American Music Resource Center at the University of Colorado – Boulder, having worked with the Colorado folk music archives. He also has a keen interest in traditional Irish music.
John and his family live in Wheat Ridge where he is an avid organic gardener. Besides playing music, he enjoys reading, studying Spanish, hiking, trail running (quite slowly), camping, back country skiing and snowshoeing.
Locations: Thornton, Wheat Ridge