Jonathan Lipschutz: Patient-Centered
By James Florence, Diamond Certified Program Reporter
BERKELEY — As a young paramedic, Jonathan Lipschutz knew he wanted to move up in the medical field, but he wasn’t sure which direction he should go. It wasn’t until a chance interaction with someone from his past that he discovered his intended path. “Soon after I started working as a paramedic, I realized there wasn’t a lot of room for professional growth, so I began to contemplate my options,” he recounts. “One day at work, I ran into my old baseball coach, who was an audiology professor at Purdue University. He suggested I come by his office and talk to him about audiology, which I did later on that week. After learning a bit about the field and how dramatically it could improve people’s lives, I knew it was a perfect fit.”
Today, as owner of Berkeley Hearing Center, Jonathan says he finds his job rewarding on numerous levels. “In addition to being a music lover, I’m a big believer in the idea that communication is the key to resolving conflict. As an audiologist, I have the opportunity to help people reconnect with the world, both in terms of communicating with others and enjoying auditory sensations like music.”
A resident of Berkeley (where he lives with his wife, Anna, and their daughter, Tessa), Jonathan expresses his love for the Bay Area. “The first time I visited the Bay Area back in the mid-1980s, I knew it was where I wanted to live,” he remembers. “I love the diversity, weather, food, culture, geography and activities. It’s just a fantastic place.”
Outside of work, Jonathan enjoys taking advantage of the many recreational opportunities available in the Bay Area. “I’m a big music fan, so I like going to see live music at venues like the Fillmore in San Francisco and The Fox Theater in Oakland,” he says. “Additionally, I’m an avid snowboarder, hiker and poker player. I also love to cook, and I’m known among my friends and family for my sushi skills.”
In regard to a professional philosophy, Jonathan says he takes a patient-centered approach to his career. “I’m all about my patients, and as their hearing health care advocate, I strive to provide them with the best care and resources available. This also means being straightforward with them and making sure they get the appropriate treatment for their particular needs.”
When asked the first thing he’d do if he could retire tomorrow, Jonathan says he’d do some extensive traveling. “I’d like to travel the world and experience different cultures. I’d also probably go on some big snowboarding excursions and try to find some untracked powder.”
Q: Have you ever read a book more than once?
A: I’ve read “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy many times over the years.
Q: Do you have a favorite band or musician?
A: I enjoy a wide range of music, so it’s hard to say. I’m a big fan of jam bands like the Grateful Dead and Phish, but I’d have to say my all-time favorite album is “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.
Q: If you could immediately master a musical instrument, what would you choose?
A: The tenor saxophone.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: I’d like to go to Southeast Asia to see countries like Vietnam, Thailand, and Papua New Guinea and do some world class diving.
Q: Would you ever skydive?
A: I totally would, but I don’t think my wife would like that.