By MADDY VITALE
Ocean City native Dr. Jason Chew didn’t graduate from medical school with the idea of moving away from home to practice medicine.
Chew, a family doctor, wanted to help the people he grew up with and knew all his life.
Dr. Chew was one of the original doctors in the AtlantiCare Group of Physicians and has practiced in Ocean City for the past 15 years.
But after years of making a difference in a band setting, he decided it was time to make his ultimate career goal a reality.
On Jan. 2, Chew will open his solo practice, OC Family Medicine, and welcome patients to his new office at 1213 West Ave. in Ocean City.
In an interview this week, he said he wanted to continue doing what he loves most: serving the community, but this time on his own.
“I have always dreamed of working in private practice. I used to think I wanted to rush into retirement, but after a few years of practice I realized I could do it forever,” Chew said. “I wish I could retire, but I’m not sure I ever will. I really like taking care of people in my hometown.
Chew, 48, and his family love Ocean City. His wife, Suzanne, owns the Yoga Ginger yoga studio in town. They have two daughters, Cove, 11, and Kaia, 14.
His family has been part of Ocean City for several generations. They previously owned Boyer’s Marina at 3rd Street and Bay Avenue in the late 1970s.
He’s 100% from Ocean City.
Chew attended Ocean City schools and graduated from Ocean City High School. He then went to the University of Delaware and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
After that, he spent three years at San Diego State University studying pre-medical sciences.
The next four years he attended the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2005.
Finally, Chew continued his internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), which he completed in 2008.
“There are pros and cons to practicing with a large group, but I felt it was time to bring a small town back to medicine,” he said of the opening of his own office. “Think of the old-school, small-town doctor with all of today’s modern technology.”
Patients always come first, he stressed.
“I know what patients want. They want cleanliness, efficiency and they want us to know them,” he said. “The beauty of a small-town practice is that we know our patients — not just their medical information — but actually know who they are.”
Patients can easily book online via their phone. OC Family Medicine also has the ability to secure text and email results on a HIPPA-compliant platform.
“In today’s world, patients want to be able to do things easily from their phones,” Chew said. “Our website allows them to quickly get all the information they need.”
There is a lab for blood draws right in the office, providing another added convenience for patients.
OC Family Medicine also accepts all major insurances, offers online scheduling through the website, and video visits in addition to traditional in-person visits. There is a patient portal that allows patients to easily view their medical information.
The doctor’s office setting has a soothing quality, fusing Chew’s love of the ocean and Ocean City to his medical practice.
Paneled wainscoting makes up the front of the reception desk. The office is streamlined for efficiency with the highest technology for office equipment.
There are also added touches, from pale bluish gray paintwork to garden plants to add to the ambience.
“It has modern touches, with a beachy, cool vibe,” Chew explained of the office decor.
Photos of the boardwalk, beach, and ocean scenes make up the majority of the artwork in the office. There’s also a photo of the Chew family walking hand-in-hand along the beach, which adds another personal touch.
Chew said he’s excited about the next chapter in his medical career and can’t wait to start seeing patients in his own practice in the community he loves, where he grew up and has made a home. for her family.
To learn more or to make an appointment, visit www.ocfamilymedicine.org or call 609-545-8024.
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