Therapist Spotlight: Shannon Van Zee

Shannon Van Zee is a physical therapist who specializes in sports injuries and orthopedic care. He received a bachelor’s degree in arts and science with highest honors from South Dakota State University in 1996 and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Kansas University Medical Center in 1998. Shannon chose to pursue physical therapy based on his interests in exercise, the human body and the medical field.

“I enjoy seeing my patients improve,” Van Zee says. “Whether it be from injury, pain or any other thing limiting their quality of life, I enjoy getting my patients to a better state of life.”

Advancing the CORE Mission

Shannon joined CORE in the summer of 2017. As a physical therapist, he is committed to seeing the positive impact he can have on the health and function of those around him. Van Zee is also interested in continuing to grow and learn everything he can in the field of physical therapy.

“CORE is dedicated to the highest quality of care,” Van Zee says. “It’s exciting for me to be part of helping patients experience that and get the best chance possible to meet their goals.”

A Passion for People

Van Zee’s heart for his family fuels the interactions he has with his patients. To him, he wants the concern he has for his family and personal passions to carry over to those he works with and treats in the clinic in terms of the care, energy and attention they receive.

Van Zee is married to his wife of 16 years, Janella, and they have an 8-year-old daughter. More than anything else, Van Zee enjoys just spending time with his family,  whether it’s on a trip or just relaxing at home.

Living Life to the Fullest

As a survivor of leukemia cancer, Van Zee is passionate about staying healthy and fit. He is also passionate about his personal faith and spends time preaching at his local church.

“Although I am in the clinic to provide help to patients,” says Van Zee, “I find that my patients’ stories, lives and situations have given back to me in so many ways. I have learned so much from meeting and interacting from the various people that I have been blessed to encounter as a physical therapist.”

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