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Meet Your Physician Assistant-Meredith Schellhase
Q: What lead you to become a physician assistant?
Answer: Even in high school, I always knew I wanted to do something in medicine. During my time in Summit Health’s Healthcare Career Institute, I was able to learn and experience things first hand. I also met Physician Assistant Kevin Sanders, who worked in the Waynesboro Hospital Emergency Department. He sparked my interest in the physician assistant profession.
I attended Saint Francis University in Loretto, Penn., where I completed my education and training.
After college, I joined a private practice in Chambersburg before coming to Mont Alto.
Q: What drew you to begin practicing in the Franklin County area?
Answer: I’m from the Waynesboro area. Originally, I was thinking about moving away from the area, but my family here made me want to stay. This is where I grew up and this is where I came to see my family doctor.
Q: What would you say is a common misconception about physician assistants or something people don’t realize as often?
Answer: Some patients don’t always understand that physician assistants are not doctors because they see us regularly as well.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about living in Franklin County?
Answer: It’s nice to be back in my hometown area. I grew up here and saw the doctors in Mont Alto. I have so much respect for the practice and it’s nice to be a part of it now.
Q: What hobbies or interests do you enjoy outside of your career?
Answer: I also coach gymnastics when I’m not seeing my patients.