Where Did The Name Fermata Come From?
fer·ma·ta | \ fer-ˈmä-tə
: a prolongation at the discretion of the performer of a musical note, chord, or rest beyond its given time value
Primary care as a clinical practice is based on time. The more time that a doctor has with his or her patient (and vice versa), the better they can get to know each other and work together to achieve one’s health goals. As someone who plays music, I realized that there was no better symbol than the fermata to convey the most important ingredient in healthcare that I wish to offer my patients - time. With time comes care that is unhurried, intentional, and personalized.
In the office, that means at least 30-60 mins with your doctor on the average at each visit. It means we can see each other as often as you need, without the burden of copays or unexpected bills. It means the opportunity for urgent consults after office hours, not with a nursing line, but directly with your doctor. Can’t get out of the house? Home visits. My sincere goal is to create a doctor-patient relationship that goes beyond basic healthcare.
Meet The Doctor
Jason Asistores, MD
I’d like to think of myself as someone in the neighborhood who just happens to be a doctor, rather than a doctor who just happens to be in the neighborhood. By this I mean that I’ve always seen myself as just another member of the community, along with everybody else, trying their best to live responsibly, peacefully, creatively, and by doing my job, help others to do the same. Incidentally, God had blessed me with a vocation in medicine, and I believe that the best way I can do this job is to partner with patients in an authentic relationship, to help them figure out how they can live the healthiest version of themselves today, based on the most current medical evidence that’s out there, amidst all the ups and downs going on in their lives. That doesn’t necessarily mean curing all their pain and illness, or working any miracles (if only it were that easy!). Sure, some days prescribing a pill or stitching up a wound does the trick, but most of the time, it means finding out together what small change can be done right now in order to move one step closer to better health.
It means celebrating small wins, and sitting down together to regroup when we fall off the wagon. It means finding out if surgery is really what’s best, not only for someone, but also for their family. It means sharing the burden of loss, or the weight of problems at home or in the workplace. And in some instances, it may even mean deciding that further treatments are just going to cause more pain, but we can ensure that one’s final days are comfortable and hopefully with family. In short, it means accompanying people along their journey towards a better quality of life, one step at a time, even if it seems it’s taking much longer than expected to get to where we ought to be. After all, we’re all in the same boat as people of one community, as human beings, and as children of God.
I was born and raised in the Philippines where I finished my bachelor’s degree in Psychology (BS) and my doctorate degree in Medicine (MD) from the University of the Philippines. I finished my residency in Family Medicine in 2015 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Allentown, PA, and graduated as one of its chief residents. I then moved to the Shenandoah Valley, where I now live with my better half and our teenage son. I have since practiced full-spectrum primary care in settings that include the office, nursing homes, as well as hospice and palliative care.
I was a part time musician in my past life, though I still play in church whenever I get the chance. And for anyone who cares, my favorite dish is pork sinigang, a sour (and preferably spicy) soup/stew of pork and vegetables, which brings me back home to the Philippines with each bowl.
I look forward to offering people a chance at an authentic and meaningful relationship with their family doctor at Fermata DPC.
- Dr. A.