Shannon Banks, MD, Brings Her Passion for Serving Our Diverse Community
Looking for a new doctor can be a little overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice to really get to know a little bit about the person you’re going to trust for you and your family’s healthcare? We recently spent some time talking with Shannon Banks, MD, the newest member of LeBauer HealthCare’s growing primary care team. Dr. Banks is now serving adult and pediatric patients at the Brassfield office in Greensboro, N.C., one of the eight convenient LeBauer HealthCare locations in the Triad.
Dr. Banks is new to the LeBauer Brassfield office, but no stranger to Greensboro—she holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina A&T State University. A native of Goldsboro, N.C., Dr. Banks chose The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University for medical school. She also completed her residency at Vidant Medical Center and The Brody School of Medicine at ECU. Dr. Banks is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.
What made you decide to pursue a career in the medical field, and what do you enjoy most about practicing medicine?
Well, I’ve always loved a challenge or a good puzzle! Also, when I decided I wanted to become a doctor, I had never met an African-American physician. I still see a huge need for greater diversity among health care providers everywhere I go. I want to be a part of addressing that need here in Greensboro. I love the Greensboro area, and I’m glad to be back here. I would say the thing I love the most about practicing medicine is meeting new people and getting to know their stories. This was a big part of what I learned in medical school and during my residency—everyone’s story is different. You never know what has been going on with a new patient that comes to you, so you really have to get to know them to take care of them.
What’s your best advice for staying well and maintaining a healthy lifestyle?
I always tell my patients to drink plenty of water, and never underestimate the power of walking for exercise. When some people hear me say the word exercise, I think they automatically say to themselves, “Oh, she’s trying to get me to run or go the gym!” But really, exercise is just putting extra steps in your day! That could mean walking around the neighborhood, or parking farther away from the grocery store, or walking an extra lap around Walmart (they’re always open!). That increase in movement can mean a few less pounds or inches over time for some people. I love helping my patients think through things like that.
You grew up in a military family. Tell us a little bit about what that was like.
My father served in the Air Force, was based in Goldsboro. I didn’t really have the typical military experience, however, because it just so happened that he was never stationed anywhere else before he retired.
Did you have another career before medicine?
I like conducting research. Before I went to medical school I got a master’s degree in Chemistry. I could have been happy working in a lab. I occasionally still have opportunities to do research and co-author papers. I always knew, in the back of my mind, that I wanted to practice medicine. Eventually, I decided that was what I was going to do, and I just did it!
What about your hobbies and life outside the office?
I love traveling, eating great food, and enjoying art.
Favorite restaurants or foods?
I don’t really have a favorite type of food, but I do like to eat. I also love spending time with my friends. I enjoy cooking, but really have to be in the mood for it. As far as restaurants go, I love JK’s in the Outer Banks—their ribs are amazing! I really like Mastro’s in Chicago. They have an incredible steak that is aged in brown sugar.
How about art? What do you love about that?
I really enjoy going to museums, but I’m also an artist. Once upon a time I found myself in art school! So, I do acrylic paintings and I make charcoal pencil drawings. It’s hard to find time to do art during the work week; sometimes I do projects for close friends. I work with all kinds of subjects: landscapes, seascapes, and portraits. I was recently introduced to a Goldsboro studio owner who wanted to display my work. I have even sold pieces to customers as well.
Tell us about your travels. Where have you been, and where to you want to go next?
I love the beach and the mountains. When I go places, I like to go somewhere new. I’ve been all over the Caribbean—the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Lucia. Most recently, I went to Zambia and Botswana. That was breathtaking, just amazing. It was a work trip, with some fun mixed in. I got to work with kids in a village and then go on safari—we had a lion right in front of our car! I’ve been to Russia, seen the Kremlin and Red Square and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. When I visited Japan, the food was amazing. I still want to go on a Mediterranean cruise one day soon. Plus, I need to visit Antarctica—just to put my foot on the ice!
A New Doctor in Greensboro, N.C. For All Your Healthcare Needs
LeBauer HealthCare is proud to welcome Dr. Banks to the Brassfield office and our team of dedicated staff serving the Triad. If you are looking for a new doctor in Greensboro, N.C., schedule an appointment today. Dr. Banks and all our staff are ready to get to know you and your family.