At Iora Primary Care, we know that when you invest in relationships with people you can help them live happier and healthier lives. Our care teams work together to support each patient on their personal healthcare journey because everyone’s path to wellness is different.
Meet Heather Shull, MD, an Iora Primary Care doctor in Denver who enjoys spending time listening and getting to know her patients.
We asked Heather about what brought her to Iora Primary Care, her philosophy of care and what she enjoys doing in her free time.
Q: What brought you to Iora?
Heather: I came to Iora because I have a passion for geriatric care and Iora piqued my interest with their team-based approach.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of your role?
Heather: To me, learning about patients’ lives, families and careers is extremely rewarding because understanding someone’s personal background helps me see the total picture when treating them.
Q: What is your previous experience?
Heather: I worked for Kaiser Permanente in the Lakewood area for 16 years. Initially, I worked in primary care, but for the last two years I cared for patients in their homes, assisted living and long-term care facilities to help coordinate complex care plans. Prior to my medical training I taught high school science and journalism.
Q: What is your philosophy of care?
Heather: My philosophy is that we all have unique health needs and backgrounds. I believe that working as a team and engaging everyone (the patient, physician, nurses and care team) allows me to better care for patients and help them work toward their health goals.
Q: Do you have any health tips for seniors?
Heather: Stay active! Every bit of movement, no matter how small, can make a huge difference in your physical and mental health. It’s good for your heart, metabolism, bones and psychological well-being!
Q: What’s one question you wish your patients would ask you?
Heather: I love when patients ask me, “What can I do to improve my health and get better?” rather than asking, “Doctor, can you fix my problems?”
Q: How do you define health?
Heather: Being healthy is what allows someone to participate in life and engage with family, friends and co-workers in a way that brings joy and fulfillment. We don’t have to be free from illness to be healthy as long as we have the mental capacity to care for ourselves and others.
Q: How does working with a team change the way you care for patients?
Heather: Working with a team helps me provide more comprehensive care. Given the complexities of modern medicine, it can sometimes take an entire group to get things done. Being able to delegate work to someone that might have better skills allows me to concentrate on the medical issues at hand. The team approach allows us to draw upon the strengths of many in order to provide personalized care and guide patients along their own unique healthcare journeys.
Q: Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Heather: I love to teach, whether it is in the classroom, the patient exam room, doing homework with my kids or at Sunday school. Teaching keeps my mind active and helps me grow.
Q: What do you do for fun?
Heather: I enjoy scrapbooking, gardening and hiking (particularly when the wildflowers are in bloom), but I have the most fun being the ultimate “sports mom” attending my kids’ soccer, basketball and volleyball games!
Q: Anything else you’d like your patients to know about you?
Heather: I am excited to get to know you and partner with you in healthcare journey. Be patient as I get to know your story and you get to know mine.
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