Wednesday, March 21, 2018

 NORMAN—Shannon Haenel, DO, joins the team of oncologists at Norman Regional Hospital.

Dr. Haenel grew up in Sayre, Oklahoma. She moved to Norman from Hutchinson, Kansas with her husband and her    two daughters.

Dr. Haenel graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma and received          her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Oklahoma State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Haenel      completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Baylor Scott and White Medical Center in Temple Texas. She served      as the Chief Resident of Internal Medicine, and also completed her Hematology and Oncology Fellowship at Baylor      Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas.

Dr. Haenel said she’s wanted to be a doctor since she was a young child.

“Before I was even in school, I used to tell my parents that I was going to be a cancer doctor someday,” she said. “I      have always had a love for science and wanted to be able to help people. I feel that God has directed my life and        put me in a position to use my knowledge to provide care for His people.”

Dr. Haenel said that medicine is her passion because it allows her to develop connections with her patients.

“I get to help celebrate with them through the triumphs of beating cancer,” she said. “On the other hand, I get to provide compassionate care and provide comfort during the difficult times of cancer treatment.”

One piece of advice Dr. Haenel always gives her patients is that they are in charge. She is there to educate them on options, but she will always respect their wishes.

“I want patients to know that I truly care about them as a person. I try to individualize care and to really get to know my patients and what is important to them. That is so much more than just a job—it is my passion. I love my job and caring for patients. I love the science behind oncology. There are so many advances being made and it is an exciting time to be involved in cancer treatment,” she said.