Kim Schuchardt, Lasting Skin Solutions
IB’s Professional of the Week is the premier way to meet Dane County’s professionals. This week features Kim Schuchardt, physician assistant and owner, Lasting Skin Solutions.
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What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your job and why?
Being in the medical field for over 33 years, first as a registered nurse and soon after as a physician assistant, I find it challenging to convince patients to make sure that they take time out from caring for everyone else in their life and begin to focus on caring for themselves. After all, if we are not well rested and centered, we are just draining our batteries when we give our vital energy only to others.
Each morning when we’re getting ready for the day, we look in the mirror and oftentimes we see things that we don’t like about ourselves — things no one else sees. The most rewarding times in my career have been hearing patients say how a treatment has changed the way they feel about and see themselves. We all deserve to feel good about the way we look when we look in the mirror.
Who do you look up to or admire in business and why?
For 12 years I had the honor of working under the guidance of an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Arnold Rosenthal. As a medical business owner and orthopedic surgeon, he was a master of running a successful medical practice, and over the years he taught me the key factors needed to do the same in my own business. In turn, I helped him care for patients — primarily how to listen to their concerns and how to communicate with them and help them through the process.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
The high point of my career is really right now! While I have amassed an enormous amount of experience, I am always striving to be better. At this point in my career, I’m still seeking new and innovative approaches to counteract aging and improving the well-being of my clients, while having fun doing it. I am focusing on what I love and that brings me great joy!
Thinking back on your career, what advise would you give to your 21-year old self?
Enjoy the moment. In my continual striving for success and my tenacity for hard work, I’ve found that oftentimes I wasn’t enjoying the journey. In a favorite movie of mine, About Time, a father and son have the ability to relive the same day twice — once as they would typically go about their day, while the second time around they were actually able to be present in the moments and enjoy it! The message is a powerful one — celebrate and relish the moments as you live them!