Place of Birth: Chicago Illinois

Languages: Fluent in Spanish and English, speaks functional German and Italian


Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice (FAAFP)

Diplomat of the American Board of Family Practice

Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (DABMA) — Charter member


Family Practice Residency, Memorial Medical Hosp. Corpus Christi, TX, 1991-1994

University of Texas Health Science Center–Houston, Phd, Doctor of Medicine, 1987-1991

University of Texas–Arlington, Bachelor of Science in Biology/Physiology, 1982-1985

Additional designations:

Country Doctor of the Year runner up [1 of 4 finalists in the United States], 2006

Medical Director Lighthouse Hospice, 2007- present

Medical Director of Gorman Volunteer Fire Dept., 2002- present

Medical Director of Cisco Volunteer Fire Dept., 2006- present

Medical Director of Olden Volunteer Fire Dept., 2006 - present

ACLS Instructor, 1996 to 2008

Anthrax information officer for 10th Air Force, 1999-2007

Team Physician for Professional Ice Hockey Team, Ice Rays, 1999-2001

Medical Commander Disaster Recovery Team (Air Force), 1996-1998

Medical Commander Hurricane Recovery Team (Air Force), 1996-1998

Director/Creator Diabetes Clinic (Air Force), 1996-1998

Director of Smoking Cessation Clinics (Air Force), 1996-1998

Director of Wellness Clinics (Air Force), 1996-1998

Director of Weight Loss Clinics (Air Force), 1996-1998

BLS/CPR instructor 2002 to present

Emergency Room Physician

Military Decorations and Honors:

Meritorious Service Medal, 1998, 1st oak cluster, 2007

Joint Meritorious Unit Award, 1996

Company Grade Officer of the Year, Medical Group, 1995

Air Force Achievement Medal, 1995

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 1995

Air Force National Service Medal, 1987

Marksmanship Decoration, 2000

Air Force Good Conduct Medal, 1980

Guest Speaker:  Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S (AMSUS), 2000

Topic: Aeromedical Acupuncture at Home, in Combat, and in Space


Guest Speaker Nevada Academy of Family Practice, 2000

Topic: Acupuncture for Family Physicians

Foreign Exchange Medical Externship, Santiago Chile, 1990

Member Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society, 1998-2000

Work Experience:

Solo rural practice – with ER And house calls, Gorman TX, 2002-to present

Assistant Medical Director, Care Now Urgent Care Clinics, Fort Worth TX, December 2001 to 2002

John Peter Smith Main Street Clinic, Fort Worth, TX, March to May 2002

Private Practice Corpus Christi, TX, July 1998-Sept. 2001

Team Physician Professional Ice Hockey Team, Ice Rays, 1999-2001

USAF Reserves: Retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, 2007

SG 556 Red Horse Squadron 307 RHS/SG, Kelly AFB, TX

Field, Garrison And Preventative medical care of squadron

Force protection against bio-terrorism, including anthrax threat

Chief of Aerospace Medicine, SGP 920 ASTS/SGP, USAFR Patrick AFB, Florida, Sept 1998- 2000

Command all Aeromedical personnel and resources for the 920th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, (ASTS)

Report directly to the Commander concerning all medical issues with the 920th Combat Rescue Group

Evaluation of all physicians in the ASTS

Maintain a level of physical and mental readiness to deploy for Combat Rescue or Aeromedical Staging duties

USAF Active Duty - Major, July 1996 - July 1998

Flight Surgeon, 45th Medical Group ADMS/SGPF

FAA Certified Aeromedical Examiner (A.M.E.) providing Class 2 And Class 3 Medical Certificates

Provide primary and emergency care for flying And space operations personnel and their dependents

Provide emergency response and medical care during in-flight operations

Perform duties of Flight Surgeon and crew member during sorties with the 41st, 71st, And 301st rescue squadrons

Provide medical training and supervision of Pararescue Jumpers (PJ's)

Emergency medical care to NASA astronauts and support staff in the event of a Space Shuttle Contingency

Assist Department of Defense Manned Space flight Support Office (DDMS)

Planning and coordinating medical support for NASA Space Shuttle launches and landings

Providing support for over 15 Space Shuttle Launches and 4 Mode VIII Exercises

Emergency Medicine Attending Physician, Operation Sea Signal, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. 1995

Provided primary and emergency medical care to active duty and Cuban/Haitian refugees

Including advanced cardiac life support, and advanced trauma life support

Family Practice Team Chief, Medicine Attending Physician, Patrick AFB, Florida, 1994-1996

Supervision and evaluation of physicians and physicians’ assistants on primary care team

Provided primary medical care to active duty personnel, retirees, and dependents

Performed Emergency Room duties including advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support

Performed and instructed in minor surgery clinic

AF Institute of Technology/Spohn-Memorial Hospital, 1991-1994

Residency Training in Family Practice

Emergency Medicine Attending Physician, Spohn-Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas. 1992-1994

Bee County Regional Medical Center, Beeville, Texas

Alice Physician’s And Surgeon’s Hospital, Alice, Texas

Memorial Medical Center, Refugio, Texas

Provided primary and emergency medical care to patients in Trauma Level II And III settings

Additional Education:

Recipient of AMA’s Physician Recognition Award for continuing education sequentially, 1996-2002

Advanced Undersea And Hyperbaric Medicine Chamber operation course, 1997

Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine course, 1998

AAFP Sports Medicine course, 1997

Principles of Manual Medicine (Osteopathic Manipulation) course, 1997

Global Medicine (world wide field medicine) course for U.S. Flight Surgeons, 1996

NASA/ Dept. Of Defense (Space Operations) Flight Surgeon training course, 1995

Combat Casualty Care Course with ATLS, Camp Bullis, TX, 1994

Aerospace Medicine Primary Flight Surgeon course, Brooks AFB, TX, 1989

Additional Activities:

Volunteer Physician at Mission Arlington, 2002

Volunteer Diver at Texas State Aquarium, 2000

Gorman High School Team Physician (Volunteer)

Catholic Religious Education Teacher (CCD), 1997-2000

Civil Air Patrol Senior Member and Flight Surgeon, 1997-1998

Boy Scout Leader, 1997-1998

Professional Interests:

Community involvement in medicine

Graduate and undergraduate medical education

Pain management

Preventative medicine

Home remedies, field, rural and wilderness medicine

Sports, diving and flight medicine

Personal Interests:

My best friend and wife — Sondra Jones Brudnak

HORSES and other animals

Languages and cultures

Scuba Divemaster


Song writing

Building guitars and banjos

Playing music with a local group called "Dr. Dan & the Band-Aids"

Bad Jokes……or good ones too

All of the above is encompassed in the Medical Acupuncture Philosophy to create the harmony within each person (homeostasis) and therefore, by extension, creating a similar harmony in the community.

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