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A new physician has come back to her home area to practice in a familiar place.
Botkins Local Schools graduate Jamie Szelagowski recently moved back to the area and now works at a local family practice â€” one in which she used to be a patient.
â€śI always knew I wanted to be a doctor,â€ť Szelagowski said, â€śand now I get to work with the doctors I grew up with.â€ť
Szelagowski is the newest physician at Auglaize Family Practice Center, in Wapakoneta, along with physicians she had growing up, Parmie Herman, and George Herman and Deron Horman.
She began work last week and said everything is going great so far.
â€śThe doctors are positive people to work around,â€ť Szelagowski said. â€śThey are excellent role models for me.â€ť
Szelagowski said she had the opportunity to job shadow the doctors, while she was still in school.
â€śItâ€™s really cool working with the doctors I grew up with,â€ť Szelagowski said. â€śI see them from the patientâ€™s perspective and now from the physicianâ€™s perspective. Iâ€™m glad to be back in the office where I initially learned about family medicine. â€ś
Ever since she was in kindergarden, Szelagowski said she knew she wanted to become a physician and help people.
â€śI enjoy getting to take care of people,â€ť Szelagowski said, â€śfrom babies to adults.â€ť
The most rewarding part for Szelagowski is getting to help people from all spectrums of life and helping them to feel their best.
The 2000 graduate of Botkins Local Schools played volleyball, basketball and ran track. After high school, she went to Miami University, where she focused on her studies and earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in zoology.
She then went on to study at The University of Toledo College of Medicine, where she earned her medical degree.
She then attended The University of Michigan, where she participated in the family medicine residency training, and completed her residency in 2011.
â€śDonâ€™t worry, I remained true to the Buckeyes the whole time, though,â€ť Szelagowski said, of living in Wolverine territory.
Szelagowski said that all of her hard work and time studying had paid off.
â€śAt first it took a lot of time and patience,â€ť Szelagowski said. â€śBut it definitely paid off. I know family medicine was the right choice for me. I love it.â€ť
Szelagowski, her husband, Jerry, and their two children, 5-year-old Riley and 11-month-old Sawyer, currently reside in Wapakoneta.
â€śI always knew I wanted to come back to the area,â€ť Szelagowski said. â€śWe enjoy being back in the small town atmosphere.â€ť
Szelagowskiâ€™s husband also grew up in a small town, near Bowling Green.
â€śI grew up here and I had such a positive experience and I wanted to raise my girls here,â€ť Szelagowski said.
The former Jamie Buehler said she is glad to be surrounded by friends and family. Her parents reside in Botkins and her sister, Julie Courter, works for the Wapakoneta City Schools.
â€śI love having family around,â€ť Szelagowski said.
In her spare time, Szelagowski loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys playing sports, including volleyball, and spending time with friends.
Szelagowski and her family are members of St. Joseph Catholic Church.