Dr. Heeren was born and raised in Las Vegas – he feels greatly attached to the city. As such, he wanted to stay as close to it as possible throughout his education. He originally started his education in engineering and computer science and ended up working in a Biomechanics laboratory. He then graduated from UNLV with a Bachelor of Science degree. He went on to do his medical school at the University of Nevada (Reno) School of Medicine where he was awarded his MD. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada (Las Vegas) School of Medicine.
During medical school, Dr. Heeren had the pleasure of working with an Internal Medicine doctor who had a background similar to his. He’d done his medical training in the same places and in the same field. That doctor then became involved in wound care, and Dr. Heeren was able to witness his passion develop for the field and the benefits it had for his patients.
He was also involved with multiple research projects during medical school, and one of them was with a plastic surgeon who was helping to develop a nanoparticle silica product. One application of this product was for burns and wounds. This experience furthered Dr. Heeren’s own passion for the field.
He loves being able to see his patients consistently over the time they need to be seen by a wound care physician. He gets to be there every step of the way on their journey, seeing the progress they make.
When not working, he likes snowboarding, pool/billiards, cooking and barbecuing, and spending time with his friends and family.