Jason Kessler was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities. He received an MD from the University of Iowa in 1998 and completed pediatric residency at Tod Children's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio in 2001. After practicing as a pediatrician for nearly 10 years, he "retired" to become a Medicaid Medical Director in 2010. He is currently the program director for Des Moines University's Physician Assistant program. He is also an accomplished musician and has several original rock CDs to his credit. He has played guitar, keyboards, harmonica and vocals for Des Moines area rock bands, Out of the Blue, Mister Willy, and Chasing Chaos.