Cardiac Prevention + Wellness,
Providence Heart and Vascular Institute
I’m very invested in my patients and our community. Providence provides an incredibly authentic atmosphere to care for people and help them become the best versions of themselves.
Your dream for Providence in Oregon?
I believe strongly in our Mission of providing care for everyone, especially the poor and vulnerable. I’m excited to share our community-based prevention programs with people who need us.
What are your hobbies?
I’m a family guy and have two sons. We live to travel, and each year we plan a new “Beckertrek” somewhere in the world. I exercise every day and recently became a certified yoga teacher. I love being outside.
Who were your mentors?
My parents and my older brother. They’re not physicians, but they model the compassion, creativity and determination I try to bring to work every day. My wife inspires me to care about people as individuals, which is essential to caring about the community.
What are some memorable patient stories?
(1) Helping guide a teenager through heart surgery and five years later watching in the stands with his parents as he caught an interception during his final college football game.
(2) Helping an avid cyclist recover from a heart attack, and later jogging with him as part of our Heart to Start community exercise program.
Why does philanthropy matter to your work?
Our donors’ generosity allows me to provide my patients with access to the best cardiac care and technology in Oregon. Philanthropy also means we can bring this care into the broader community. We’ve provided 12,000 free heart screenings to children through our Play Smart™ program, we’ve trained hundreds of people to exercise through Heart to Start … and we’re just getting started!