Susan Jewett, PA-C, Family Medicine
“My passion lies in helping my patients find the motivation to take
an active role in their health.”
With nearly 18 years of medical expertise, Jewett started out in the field
of exercise physiology and athletic training. After working for several
years at a long term care facility, she became disheartened. “Most
of my patients were at the stage in life of maintaining, not improving.”
Her next career move gave her an opportunity to work with student athletes,
and she credits those years for teaching her about patient motivation.
“No one is more motivated than an athlete,” she says, “They
will do what is asked of them in order to excel.”
Energized by her experience working with the athletes, Jewett found herself
wanting to expand her clinical skills further. “I wanted to work
with a more diverse patient population while providing comprehensive care,”
she says. Jewett went back to school to pursue a second career as a physician’s
assistant. Her class, Albany Medical College’s Class of 2000, was
the college’s first group of graduating PAs.
Jewett is excited to help her patients take a more active role in their
health and wellness. She’s quick to point out that “most of
us will do anything to keep our kids healthy and we don’t think
twice about paying money to maintain a car -- but we don’t prioritize
our own health.” Jewett views family medicine as the ideal opportunity
to offer early intervention, coaching, and education to change that mindset.
Jewett offers an example of a local family she cares for. “I’m
the provider for this man’s children but he refuses to talk about
his own health. He is tough.” In part, his stubbornness is what
motivated her to continue building a relationship with his children. Then
one day he asked her to be his primary care provider. The great care she
had given this man’s entire family had earned his trust. Her response?
Laughing, she said, “Only if you listen to me.”
Albany Medical College/Hudson Valley Community College
Certified Physician Assistant -NCCPA