Dr. Jane Shanahan
Jane is a general practitioner by trade and describes herself as ‘a science geek who loved the idea of helping people’. After a number of years in mainstream medicine she was drawn towards a more holistic approach to health and wellness and integrative health solutions.
“I love medicine but I truly believe traditional medicine doesn’t have all the answers, for all the people, all the time. Over the years I’ve gravitated towards natural therapies and I’m passionate about inspiring others and helping people make realistic and healthy changes to their lifestyle.”
Jane first came to Health Wise IM as a patient. “I was perimenopausal when I came to see Susan. I wanted to be the healthiest I could be and I knew there were things I could do to help me on the journey.”
It’s no wonder Jane has a deep passion for women’s health, from fertility and natural family planning to early periods and menopause she enjoys helping women of all ages navigate hormonal changes and challenging times in their lives.
As well as managing hormonal imbalances (which includes thyroid and adrenal issues) she also has a keen interest in skin conditions, particularly acne and rosacea, and is actively involved in appearance and cosmetic medicine. Jane is an Australian and New Zealand trainer for Botox and dermal fillers.
In her daily practise Jane is keen to debug many of the myths surrounding health and is focused on finding treatment plans that work for the individual. “At Health Wise we take a very personalised approach to health and wellbeing. It’s extremely empowering for our patients if they can be part of the whole care process,” she says.
Jane is constantly inspired by her patients. “The beautiful thing about many people who come to see an integrated GP is, they’re curious. They want to optimise what they’ve got and know there could be more to their treatment plan than tradition medicine. I love working with people who want the best for their health.”
Jane graduated from Flinders University medical school in 1992. After an internship and two years as a surgical resident, she pursued general practice training, city and rural, in Queensland. She underwent additional training through the ACNEM primary course in 2013, and worked at The Centre for Health and Wellbeing.
When she’s not nurturing others and playing mum to her two beautiful children, Jane can often be found running, surfing or doing yoga.
Jane’s health message to all women.
“Life is busy and it’s essential you take time out for yourself. Look at your body and your health and don’t be afraid to be a little selfish sometimes. Women are used to being the givers. Occasionally we need to take some of the advice out there and give a little bit back to ourselves.”