Sports Medicine: A Q&A with LeBauer’s Jeremy Schmitz, M.D.
If you’re in need of a sports medicine doctor and are looking for someone who truly cares about your well-being as an individual, Jeremy Schmitz, MD, is currently accepting new patients. Schmitz works at LeBauer’s new Grandover office located on Guilford College Road in Greensboro, NC.
Get to know more about him through this Q&A session!
The Path to a Career in Sports Medicine
Q: Can you share a little bit about your background and how it influenced your career path?
A: I grew up in a small town in Missouri, on a farm with my parents and younger sister and brother. I worked on the farm but played sports any chance I got. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
I later enrolled at the University of Missouri – Columbia in the Ph.D. program for Chemistry. That’s when I realized I wasn’t made to work in a lab. During that time I shadowed a local physician. Seeing the patient and physician relationship was what really cemented the idea of becoming a physician.
I went to medical school in the Caribbean on St. Kitts, and then completed my third- and fourth-year rotations at different sites in the United States.
Q: What drew you to sports medicine, specifically?
A: Because I was always so active in sports, I wanted to be able to explain to people how to get better after an injury.
Q: What brought you to Greensboro, North Carolina?
A: Another medical student I was on a rotation with informed me of the sports medicine program at Cone Health in Greensboro. I came and did a rotation here, and I was convinced this was where I needed to train. I was accepted into the residency program, and I’ve been here ever since.
Caring for Patients
Q: What do you enjoy most about practicing sports medicine?
A: Being able to meet new people on a daily basis, because that’s pretty unique. That makes each day different and filled with new challenges. I also like that medicine is always evolving, and that new techniques, such as ultrasound, also allow me to help educate patients about their diagnosis, condition, and treatment options.
Q: What was one of the most important lessons you took away from medical school and brought into your career?
A: Understanding that patients have their own life. They are taking time out of their day to come see me, so it’s not just my time that I need to be cognizant of throughout the day. Treating the patient as a whole and not just an ailment is a good practice. If I focus on just one thing, then I could miss something significant.
Q: Do you treat individuals of all ages, even children?
Q: What’s your advice for patients to help them avoid sports injuries and/or meet peak performance goals?
A: Get plenty of sleep and be sure to take some time off. Also, well-balanced eating and training equal success not just on the field, but in life.
Life Outside the Office
Q: Are there any sports you play currently?
A: Yes! I enjoy playing slow pitch softball, golf, and basketball. I even throw some elbows on putt-putt and have a mean backhand on the ping pong table.
Q: What are your favorite sports teams?
A: Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Missouri Tigers, and the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats.
Q: What are some of your other interests?
A: I love spending time with my family and young children. I also like movies. I grew up reading comic books, so my favorites are all of the Marvel and DC comic book movies that have come out.
Request an Appointment with Dr. Schmitz today!
If you need care for a sports injury or help with performance goals or injury prevention, Dr. Schmitz is accepting new patients. Use our easy online form to request an appointment today.