Dr. Shannon’s Background

Scott_ShannonScott’s connection with natural health care started in Tucson as an undergraduate in the University of Arizona’s Honors Program.  In the mid 1970s, Scott met Andrew Weil, M.D., who became a friend and mentor.  While a medical student there, Scott became a founding member of the American Holistic Medical Association.

Following medical school, Scott worked for four years as a general practitioner in rural Arizona, where he incorporated natural modalities.  During this time, he also delivered babies and worked a regular shift in the emergency room. 

From rural Arizona, Scott next moved to New York to finish his general psychiatry residency at a Columbia Hospital program.  While there, Scott developed an interest in children.  This interest led him to the University of New Mexico’s Child Psychiatry Fellowship.  Learn More

Following his five years of psychiatric training, Scott and his family moved to northern Colorado.  He became a medical director at North Colorado Medical Center and for years directed both the general psychiatric hospital and the addictions program.  In 1993 Scott founded Pathways, a mental health group, which quickly grew to twelve practitioners.

In 1995 Scott went to UCLA’s College of Medicine to study medical acupuncture.  Following his training there, he became credentialed to practice medical acupuncture in the hospital setting.  He was the second physician in Colorado to be granted this privilege by other physicians.

After years of involvement in the American Holistic Medical Association, Scott was asked to assume more leadership.  In 1995 he was elected to the Board of Trustees.  In 1998 he was elected Treasurer of the organization.  Recently, he served as President (2001 to 2002).

Since 1991 Scott has maintained a private practice for the ongoing care and support of his patients.  This continues to be the central focus of his work in spite of a variety of outside activities. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Medical Director of the McKee Center of Holistic Medicine, a hospital based clinic. From 1994 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2005, he worked as Medical Director of PsychCare, a psychiatric hospital.

In 2002 Academic Press published his textbook, Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health. This is the first textbook in this field. Rodale Press published his book, Please Don’t Label My Child, on the natural treatment of children’s mental health issues in 2007. Scott speaks nationally and internationally on holistic and integrative psychiatry.  Currently, Scott serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado, Department of Child Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital in Denver.

In 2010 Scott founded Wholeness Center (link), now the largest and most comprehensive clinic for Integrative Psychiatry. With over 14 practitioners from 12 different disciplines, this clinic offers innovative care for the whole person. W.W. Norton published his textbook for professionals, Mental Health for the Whole Child  (link) in 2013 and his book for parents, Parenting the Whole Child in early 2014 (link). Dr Shannon continues to offer leadership for this young field. He served as President of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine from 2011 to 2013. In 2012 he was asked serve on the founding board for the newly formed American Board of Integrative Medicine (started by Andrew Weil, MD). Scott speaks world wide on the topic of holism, integrative psychiatry, ecological mental health and enhancing the mental well being of young people.