After more than 10 years spent in orthopaedic and primary care, Jessica McLendon understands that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to her patients’ health challenges, which range from foot and ankle pain to deteriorating bone health. So, at Erlanger Orthopaedics, she offers one-on-one consultations to get to the root of the problem. “I encourage patients to ask questions and provide feedback on what treatment options will and won’t work for them,” McLendon says. “I then help them make choices that will provide long-term relief and improvement. This is especially true for patients dealing with bone loss or weakened bones due to aging, where long-term treatment plans and goals are required.” Whatever the diagnosis, McLendon encourages her patients to be an active participant in their medical care.
“I am happiest when I provide a patient with a new way of approaching a problem.”
1. What does your day-to-day look like as a physician assistant?
I am seeing patients in the clinic, where I diagnose and treat problems involving the foot and ankle as well as provide evaluation for osteoporosis and osteopenia.
2. What do you love most about your profession?
When a patient comes to the office and has been dealing with pain or disability for a long time, and I can provide options for relieving that pain, I get a great sense of accomplishment.
3. What is your best advice for patients?
Stay engaged! It is so important for patients to maintain a sense of ownership over their own health, and to remember that even small changes can make big differences.
4. What influenced you to pursue your career?
I have watched many family members deal with chronic illnesses and pain. Seeing the difference that a caring and attentive medical provider can make was an appealing way to help people.
5. What is your philosophy when it comes to caring for your patients?
I try to approach caring for a patient as a collaboration. If the provider and the patient are not on the same page when the office visit is over, optimal improvement will not be obtained.
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