Susan Jordan, PA-C
Q: Why did you become a physician assistant?
A: I knew I enjoyed science and taking care of people. There was a fairly new physician assistant program in the Chicago area. I was intrigued by the job description so I decided to apply. I loved the school and the job from day one. I was lucky enough to travel to different parts of the country for my interships: Norwalk, CT for pediatrics, Flint, MI for surgery, Carbondale, IL for rural psychiatry and a federal prison in New Mexico for an internal medicine rotation.
Q: What do you find most challenging about your job?
A: The paperwork! With the Electronic Health Record, most of the ‘paperwork’ is done on the computer now but it still takes the same amount of work. The advantage of having the Electronic Health Record is that all the paperwork is in one consolidated place.
Q: Who inspires you and why?
A: 1. My sister who is currently fighting cancer with a great deal of courage and humor.
2. My patients. So many of them are in or have been in such difficult life circumstances and yet they have handled those circumstances with such dignity and grace.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: When I was young, my family lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. My favorite memories of my childhood are of family vacations each year. My dad always scheduled at least one educational stop on these trips which were usually road trips down the east coast. A few of the places we visited were Williamsburg, Monticello, the Air Force Museum in Ohio; my brothers and sister and I have fond memories of those trips.
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked for a veterinarian as a receptionist and occasionally as an assistant during high school and a couple years of college.
A: My husband, Dale, and I love to hike. Our local favorites are Ebey’s Landing and Bowman Bay. To relax and clear my mind, I like to work in our yard. I enjoy lots of types of flowers and plants, and try to sustain a year-round garden as much as possible. I would like to get more fall color planted --- the trees were beautiful this year.
I am married to my husband, Dale. I have three stepchildren (all grown) and one granddaughter, Morgan, with another one on the way. About three years ago, my mom, Joan, came to live with us.
Q: Favorite book
A: Who doesn’t relish a good book! For me, it is anything Jane Austen, or a mystery by Laurie R. King or Charles Todd. My favorite children’s book is The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
Q: Favorite quote
A: “Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry.” --- James 1:19
Q: Favorite music
A: I enjoy all kinds of music: classical, pop, some soft rock and a few indie bands. My husband and I recently saw the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It was wonderful and a sensory overload. I wasn’t really sure what to focus on as I didn’t want to miss any of it.
Q: Favorite place to vacation
A: My husband and I like to check out new places as often as we are able. Because of proximity, we often travel to Canada. Harrison Hot Springs and Lake Louise in Banff are two places we are fond of. Otherwise, we go and visit family who are spread out across the United States. Next summer we would like to visit Glacier National Park and the Grand Tetons.
For information or an appointment, please call Anacortes Family Medicine at (360) 299-4211.
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