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BayView Healthcare at the Samantha Wilson Care Center 

Shannon MacMinn

 

February 1, 2017 | View PDF

Shannon MacMinn graduated with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2011. She then followed suit getting her Master's degree in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2013. Shannon began her career in pediatrics working at an outpatient clinic in North Carolina helping children with Autism and various Sensory Processing Disorders to experience success at his or her "occupation" of playing with friends, learning at school, completing daily routines (eating, dressing, sleeping, etc.), and enjoying typical family life.

After one year in pediatrics Shannon was blessed with the opportunity to move to Charlotte, NC where she transitioned in the geriatric field helping older adults gain independence in their daily living skills and desired occupations.

"Working with children fostered the creative component of the therapeutic interventions that I provide as well as my ability to think outside of the box when working with older adults to overcome their own unique challenges."

Since entering the geriatric field, Shannon thrives on continuing her education in the areas of Parkinson's Disease, joint replacements, individualized interventions for patients with dementia, and use of adaptive equipment performance of activities of daily living.

Shannon cherish's helping others achieve things that, at one time or another, seemed impossible. At the age of 7, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes and struggled for many years wondering if she would ever be able to live the life she wanted. Through the help of remarkable, caring medical professionals that touched her life, Shannon has discovered ways to not let her disease define who she is or limit the activities that she loves. One individual in particular, a pediatric endocrinologist, taught her what it means to look at patients as unique human beings with their own story to tell and their own dreams to fulfill, disease or no disease, which inspired me to enter the medical field. "This influence and my medical history is the reason why I cherish and am so passionate about what I do." For Shannon, occupational therapy is so much more than helping older adults return home as independently as possible, it is about building trust and rapport to help them realize their own potential, whether it be through restoration, adaptation, or compensation. Shannon currently works for Aegis Therapy for BayView Healthcare at the Samantha Wilson Care Center. She tends to an entire continuum of care extending to in and out patient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, assisted living, and home health. She has learned to celebrate the milestones in recovery and loves to teach her patient's to do the same. "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain".

 
 

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