Lindsay Hildreth, PA-C is an outgoing and vibrant PA who joined our team in the summer of 2022. She brings such joy to our practice and profoundly impacts her patients. We recently sat down with Lindsay to learn more about her personal life. Keep reading to get to know Lindsay!
Could we get some brief biographical info from you? Hometown, previous experience, education, etc.?
Rochester, NY is my hometown. I was a high school biology teacher for 13 years, and a yoga instructor for 17. I hold a BS in Science Education at University of Dayton, MA at SUNY Brockport, and MSPAS at Wingate University. On top of all of that, I have been through LOTS of yoga training!
What’s one thing your hometown could be known for, and why?
That’s easy! WEGMANS! And yes, I am just as obsessed with it as everyone else!
What made you want to work in this field?
I have wanted to work in medicine since I was a little girl. I have always been fascinated with the human body. But, I come from a family of teachers. I also had a biology teacher who was very inspiring when I was 15. So, I decided to go into education and become a biology teacher. I taught high school biology for 13 years. While I enjoyed my time in education, and learned a lot about myself in those 13 years, my passion for medicine never waned. So, I made the jump at age 35 and decided to apply to PA school. While all parts of medicine intrigue me, I noticed the common thread in all of my clinical rotations was psychiatry. A patient’s mental health, stress level, and past experiences have a profound impact on their physical health as well as their mental health. We know that communication and trust are foundational principles in the patient-provider relationship. As a provider, how well you listen to and validate these experiences is directly linked to the patient’s outcome. I knew that I could offer patients a safe, validating experience.
What do you believe makes AIM stand out in its field, and why?
I interviewed at AIM almost 4 months before I agreed to join the team. I was impressed with a variety of things. I saw that a core belief of the company was that in order for the business to do well, everyone in the team must do well – be respected, listened to, and recognized for their efforts and accomplishments. I truly feel like a valued member of the team, not just a revenue generator. Communication and transparency about the goals and growth of the company is impressive. With the regular communication the management team provides, it is clear they recognize the complexity of the American healthcare system. On top of that, I was drawn to their whole-human approach that incorporates holistic modalities along with traditional medicine. Lastly, I knew I would feel at home at a practice where patients are valued and treated as such. When the time was right, I made the transition to AIM, and I am so glad I did!
What does your ideal day look like?
Warm weather with sunshine, a pilates or yoga class, a long walk listening to an enticing podcast, some type of indulgent self care experiences like a massage or facial, and then of course dinner with friends.
Can you name one role model you have, and what that person has had such an impact?
Truthfully, one person doesn’t necessarily stand out as having the most profound impact on myself. But, I do believe in the saying “Everyone comes into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” I think the people who have inspired me the most, who I have learned from the most, and who have pushed me to grow as a person have been my high school students, my yoga students, and my patients. That being said, anything I read or hear from Brené Brown or Adam Grant always makes me pause.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Listen to your gut. When I would tell my own healthcare providers about my plans to go into PA school each one of them advised me to always listen to my intuition.
What’s one message you wish our patients would always take with them?
Progress isn’t linear. We are dynamic creatures living in a dynamic world, very much influenced by changes in our world, most of which we have no control over. Be patient and kind with yourself.
Favorite Movie: There are many favorites but I have watched “Good Will Hunting” the most.
Favorite Food(s): Hummus, pizza, and dark chocolate
Hobbies: Hiking, tending to my plants, but definitely re-watching, quoting, and sharing memes of “The Office”.
Favorite Musical Artist: I love all kinds of music, but Pink Floyd and Coldplay stand out
Pets: Lucy, my mouthy black kitty
Dream Vacation: Hawaii to hike the volcanoes and walk on black sand beaches
Favorite Book: “The Gifts of Imperfection” – Brené Brown
Favorite Podcast: “Something Was Wrong” and “NPRs Life-Kit”
Dream Job as a Kid: Veterinarian
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