Staff Member Spotlight: Aimee

July 31, 2017

Our very first captive for our new Staff Member Spotlight series, is appropriately, Health Partners’ newest staff member, Aimee Shannon, LSW.  Aimee had been working part time at Health Partners during our open clinic hours, but just recently became a full-fledged, card carrying, HPFCer earlier this month. 


We are beyond blessed to have her with us, and her service to our patients is unrivaled. So, as a welcome gift, we forced her to answer a couple of highly personal questions, and wrote up her answers for the world to see. Aimee was a trouper, though, and we think you will all enjoy getting to know her, just as we have!


When people come to you for help, what do they usually want help with?  

Mostly, people just want to be heard.   They may have physical needs, but more importantly, they want someone to understand their frustrations.


What are some small things that make your day better?

Chocolate!   I enjoy music and find it calming and try to have it on all the time. 


Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished? 

My Mom and Dad.   They raised 3 biological kids, my Mom obtained a Master’s Degree in Education, they do all kinds of volunteer work, became foster parents, and now are preparing to send an adopted child off to college.    


What have you only recently formed an opinion about? 

I tend to be very opinionated, so this is a daily thing!   I try to stay well informed on issues in our community and seek out lots of thoughts and opinions from people I admire.


How different was your life one year ago?  

Well a year ago I was just getting ready to start at Health Partners.   I was nervous about if this was a job I could do, as it’s vastly different from my previous experiences.  


Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now? 

It was a combination of things.  I’ve always “adopted the strays” as my family put it.   I would work to help the underdog in a situation and take care of people, from the time I was a young child.    Also, I lost a grandfather to suicide while I was a teen, and realized that people need help in all kinds of ways and that I’d like to be one to help.


What are some things you’ve had to unlearn?  

I don’t know that I’ve had to unlearn anything but I definitely have found my opinions and thoughts on things change over time with experience and understanding.


What are you looking forward to in the coming months?  

Expanding the reach of the social work department and reaching out to more and more patients.


What do you wish you could tell yourself 10 years ago? What do you think you’ll want to tell your current self, 10 years from now?   

I wish I could tell myself 10 years ago that it’s going to be OK.  I was in the midst of a major upheaval in my life and very concerned that I was going to lose everything.    For myself in 10 years, I’d like tell myself it’s time to retire and move to Moab, Utah!