Mile Bluff Medical Center is pleased to welcome Jennifer Schmidt, PA-C
to the general and orthopedic surgery teams.
During college, Jennifer discovered her passion for caring for others.
As she worked to find the right role, Jennifer began her career as a certified
nursing assistant and eventually became an EMT and paramedic. Those experiences
led Jennifer to a career as a physician assistant in surgery.
“When I first graduated from my physician assistant program, my first
job was in the operating room,” said Jennifer. “Through that
experience, I knew that I was meant to do hands-on work. I think the body
has a great ability to heal itself given the right situation and resources.
I like seeing the health issue a patient is has, and finding a way to
Jennifer started her career in a larger city before transitioning to a
rural setting. “In rural health, people don’t go the doctor
has often as they do in the bigger city. So when they do come to us, they
usually have other health conditions that need to be controlled before
addressing their surgical needs,” said Jennifer. “In Mauston,
I look forward to working with primary care providers to help patients
become the best candidates for surgery.”
To help patients prepare, Jennifer believes strong communication is important.
“Patients give me their trust, and I give them my experience,”
said Jennifer. “In my approach to care, I make patients my main
focus. Using education and other tools, I work with patients to determine
goals and help them understand what needs to happen to achieve the surgical
results they are looking for.”
Outside of the operating room, Jennifer stays busy with her husband, four
children and three dogs. As a family, they enjoy traveling and staying active.
While Jennifer is new to Mile Bluff Medical Center, she is no stranger
to the surround area. Growing up, Jennifer’s family had a cabin
in Necedah and she often times finds herself reminiscing about childhood
memories during her commute.