8 Questions with Willow Street, PA, Hearing Doctor, Dr. Jason Schmitt: Life Outside the Office
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But, we’re also not just a group of audiologists. We’re adventurous, passionate, silly, and so much more.
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Dr. Jason Schmitt has been with A&E since 2009. We think he’s a pretty great guy, and we think you will too. We asked Dr. Schmitt some questions about life outside of the office. Here’s what he had to say:
Who is your favorite sports team?
Dr. Schmitt: It’s a toss up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Some of my earliest sports memories were watching the Steelers games with my grandfather, with whom I was very close. He passed away in 2005, so it somewhat feels like a connection to him.
As for Penn State, college was a very formative and positive period in my life, and the sense of community that is represented by the institution has always been close to my heart.
What is your favorite food or meal to eat?
Dr. Schmitt: I would say that my mom’s white chicken chili or my wife’s “pigs in a blanket” are at the top of that list. I’d like to think I’m smart enough not to pick a winner between those two, should they happen to read this.
Recall one event/day/experience from your past that has shaped who you are today.
Dr. Schmitt: There are a few that come to mind, but I would likely say either of the two humanitarian audiology mission trips I have been on to the rural areas around Merida, Mexico, and refugee camps surrounding Amman, Jordan. Those were both profoundly life-changing experiences.
It put into perspective an often unrealized value of my professional skill set and how fortunate I am to reside in an environment where my basic needs are met with relative ease.
How do you and your wife celebrate Halloween?
Dr. Schmitt: That’s definitely a loaded question in my household. It’s my wife’s favorite time of year, so the past several years we’ve hosted themed parties at our house complete with two stories of decor. To give you an idea, the planning starts in the beginning of September…
If you could have dinner with any person, alive or dead, who would it be?
Dr. Schmitt: There are many, but one that comes to mind is Justin Timberlake. I think it is incredibly impressive how he has been able to perform consistently at an extraordinary high and creative level for many years, and has avoided scandal and negativity from a very challenging industry.
If you could binge-watch any show from start to finish, what would it be?
Dr. Schmitt: Probably Seinfeld, the timeless and hilarious classic.
When you’re 75 and able to look back on your life, what do you hope to have accomplished?
I truly hope to have lived a life that has changed people’s lives for the better. Tweet This
I hope that I have brought joy to those both near and far from me, while experiencing other parts and cultures of this world, and learning as much as possible about who I am as a person throughout the process.
What is your favorite part about working at A&E Audiology?
Dr. Schmitt: I would say it’s a tie between having the freedom to be innovative/progressive in the way we deliver hearing healthcare, interacting with the variety of different types of patient’s needs, and enjoying the companionship of my coworkers and colleagues.