[dropcap size=small]D[/dropcap]r. John Dice first came to San Antonio 19 years ago, but it took him a while to find his way here. Originally from the northeast U.S., he had no idea that his life would someday bring him to the Lone Star state.
Born and raised in western New York state, Dr. Dice spent his early years enamored with sports, Star Wars and buffalo chicken wings. Once in high school, he discovered a more meaningful love for science and biology. He made up his mind right there that medicine would be his career choice and never looked back..
It was also at this time that he started down the path of a career in the military. With a father who had been an Army officer and an older brother in ROTC, Dr. Dice early on developed a respect and admiration for military service. Based on his accomplishments in high school, he was awarded a full Air Force scholarship for college.
He used that opportunity to attend the University of Notre Dame where he majored in pre-medicine and economics. While there, he was fortunate enough to be present for the most recent, and possibly final, National Championship in football that the Irish have claimed. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Air Force, but given the militarys lack of a pressing need for economics majors, he deferred his service and accepted a second scholarship to attend medical school.
Finally tired of living in the snow, Dr. Dice completed his medical education in warmer climes at the University of Virginia. Upon matriculation, he was convinced he was destined to be the next great ophthalmologic surgeon. Fate ignored his destiny however when he was randomly placed in an elective for allergy and immunology. In just three weeks time, Dr. Dice knew he had found his calling. The patients, colleagues and science were everything he loved about medicine.
After completing a residency in internal medicine at Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio, he was selected for a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC), and he had his second life changing epiphany with his arrival in San Antonio. Dr. Dice fell in love with the city and its people, and he repeatedly returned whenever the Air Force or life tried to send him elsewhere.
He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served as a staff physician and instructor in the allergy and immunology training program at WHMC. He was also Chief of Immunizations for all of Lackland AFB, ultimately helping develop and oversee the high profile anthrax and smallpox immunization programs for our deploying troops. For his accomplishments he was awarded the Air Force Achievement medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
After 13 years, Dr. Dice returned to civilian life and has been in private practice for allergy and immunology for the past nine years. He is currently working at South Texas Allergy & Asthma Medical Professionals (STAAMP) in Westover Hills. He plans to spend the rest of his career in his adopted hometown providing exceptional medical care to the excellent people of San Antonio.