Isaac, tell us about yourself.
I was born in South Bend, Indiana and moved to Wooster, Ohio at the age of 11. There I would meet the most influential people in my life second to my parents, Dianne and Stan Hales. They would start out initially as my next door neighbors however, they would eventually become my badminton coaches between the ages of 11 through 15. I remember Stan Hales offering to play badminton with my family in the backyard on a summer day just weeks after we had moved into our new house. Stan helped me realize this sport may be more complex than the backyard picnic tournaments I grew up playing with my family. Over the next few years, I would grow to love playing badminton and practicing with the Hales at the College of Wooster. Then at fifteen years of age my sister and I would go on to become national contenders and be offered for an opportunity to leave our family and train through an accelerated program in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the Olympic training center. Life for the rest of my high school career would be a lot different with countless training hours, traveling and tournaments in the international circuit with hopes of making the Olympic team. These were great memories in high school and a little bit in college playing mixed doubles with my sister. After badminton I would go onto medical school in the Caribbean, internal medicine residency training in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and currently hematology/oncology fellowship at UMMC.
What do you like doing in your spare time?
I enjoy working out at the gym, running daily and cooking. However, in my spare time when it is available I enjoy traveling with my wife. We recently enjoyed a trip to the Greek Isles and soon hope to visit my sister in Japan.
Tell us something about yourself that people may not know.
Unless you are a close friend or had the ability to see my CV during the interview process most people would not know that I played badminton at the olympic level.
What takes up too much of your time?
What do you wish you knew more about?
Culture and language, I wish one day to become bilingual.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Free lunch, four-day work weeks, dinner with my wife or enjoying happy hour with colleagues.
Who is your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
CCR, Elvis, The Beatles
What is your favorite genre of book or movie?
Love movies, big fan of Fletch and Caddy Shack
What is the most annoying question that people ask you?
“Badminton, is that an olympic sport?”
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Wine, and food! If there is one thing I obsess over is great food, new restaurants, and wine.
What is something that a ton of people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of?