Chris was born in Erie, PA, but spent the majority of his childhood near Memphis, TN. He graduated cum laude with a BS degree in biology from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington; earned an MS in physiology from Georgetown University in Washington, DC; and received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. He also served in active duty with the United States Marine Corps for four years where he had several overseas deployments and received multiple awards. His wife, Hannah, grew up on the North Carolina coast and works as a registered nurse in an outpatient surgical center. Chris and Hannah enjoy traveling to new places in Europe and Central America and experiencing new cultures. In his spare time, Chris enjoys rock climbing and backpacking the mountains of western North Carolina with his wife and their two dogs. He also enjoys cooking, listening to music and playing the guitar.