Shantel Gassman, PhD, LP
- Traumatic Brain Injury/ Sports-related Concussions
- Pre-surgical evaluations
- Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery
What is your practice philosophy? I believe that each patient is unique and needs to be considered within their own context. I strive to provide a comfortable environment where patients can share their concerns and feel well understood. My goal is to provide the highest quality patient care, supported by science and backed by empathy. It is also my goal that patients and their families understand the details of their evaluation and leave feeling empowered.
What are you passionate about? And why? I am passionate about helping patients find optimism and hope even during difficult times.
If I wasn’t a provider, I would be a: Physical trainer, I have always enjoyed working with others and being active for the physical, psychological, and cognitive benefits.
Why did you become a provider? When did you know this was the career for you? I’ve always known that I wanted to work directly with patients and their families to help them better understand their concerns. I knew I was in the right field because neuropsychology blended my skills in science with my interests in health and helping others.
Something I have learned from my patients is: Regardless of the situation, a little hope and positivity alongside a strong social support system can make a dramatic difference in quality of life.
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): I often encounter patients at a difficult time in their life. It can be challenging, but I enjoy collaborating with them to capitalize on their strengths and find optimism in their preserved cognitive and psychological abilities. Although their life may be different now, it can still be amazing and fulfilling.
My personal health goal is: Maintain an active lifestyle, nutritious diet, quality sleep, and healthy relationships to promote a high quality of life for years to come.
What is the best thing you’ve done for your health or the best health advice you’ve received? Consistency over intensity. Maintaining small healthy habits (e.g., walking for five minutes a day) is often more predictive of success than occasionally attempting intense behaviors (e.g., running a race once a month).
What are you most proud of? Clinically, when my patients and their loved ones leave a visit feeling empowered. Personally, when I see my friends and family members act with kindness.
What are a few of your personal achievements? Being nominated for University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Harry K. Wolfe Award for Most Outstanding Psychology Student. Achieving the Presidential Physical Fitness Award.
- Spending time with family and friends
Years of experience
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)