Single Files: Time to focus on relationship
After years of focusing on building his plastic surgery practice, Craig is now focused on something else: finding an “attractive, bright, and bubbly” Jewish woman with whom he can build a family.
I tell him he reminds me a bit of someone. Ray Romano, maybe?
He can sort of see that.
“People have said I remind them of Adam Sandler, or David Schwimmer,” he said. “Put all three of them in a blender and mix it up.”
He also shares the comedic inclinations of his look-a-likes.
“I’m always joking around,” he said, even finding humor in his surgical practice, which is both restorative and cosmetic.
“There are some crazy people out there,” he said. “Sometimes you have to just shake your head.”
Craig moved to Pittsburgh from Michigan about three and a half years ago so that he could be closer to his family in Philadelphia, and for his career.
The former accountant-turned-surgeon now lives in Bridgeville, not too far from his McMurray medical practice.
Although he is still somewhat new to the Pittsburgh community, he has already begun to find ways to participate and to give back.
He was recently named one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest, an organization of 25 men and 25 women who help raise money for cystic fibrosis. At an upcoming event, he is donating a generous botox package at a raffle, with the proceeds all going to charity.
“I like helping people,” he said, which is one of the reasons why he got out of accounting and into medicine.
His chosen specialty also allows him the flexibility to devote time outside of work to others as well.
“I wanted a career that would allow me time for family,” he said, adding that his workday is usually over by 4 p.m., and he does not have to work on weekends.
Craig is now able to enjoy his free time, which he does by working out, biking and roller blading.
It may be an ironic turn-of-phrase, but you might say Craig is a bit “single-minded” these days, hoping to meet the right woman with whom he can share and continue to build his life, and is willing to travel outside of Pittsburgh to find her.
“I’ve spent so much time with my career,” he said. “Now I am taking a step back and my focus is to find that special someone to start a family.”
Though Craig was not raised in a particularly observant household — he did celebrate his bar mitzva and his family acknowledged the major holidays — he only dates Jewish women.
“Every girl I’ve ever dated has been Jewish,” he said. “I definitely want a Jewish wife. I definitely want my children raised Jewish. I don’t date out; there is no sense in it if it’s not going anywhere.”
He is devoted to his mother and two brothers, and gets back to Philly frequently to visit.
“I really think that it is family that makes someone happy,” he said.
If you would like to get in touch with Craig, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(If you would like to be featured in an upcoming Single Files column, contact Toby Tabachnick at email@example.com.)