We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawn Stephens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Shawn, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In short, corporate burnout and a desire to be in control of my own success or failure.
Before I started this business, I worked for quite a few different companies – both large and small, some really good and some not so good. I met a lot of genuinely good people, worked on some very interesting projects, and learned a ton. But I always felt that something was missing.
For years I figured that changing jobs would help me find what was missing. I never found anything by merely changing jobs…if anything, it actually made me more aware that something was missing.
I don’t remember the specific day or time or event that caused it, but one day I remember thinking that I had to do something of my own in order to find what was missing. From that day forward, I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied or fulfilled unless I started my own business.
At the time, I didn’t know what I would start. I just knew I would start something. It took about five years for me to find what I thought would be a perfect mix of running a business while helping others. It was worth the wait!
What should our readers know about your business?
For primary care, insurance hinders more than it helps. Insurance was originally intended only for major medical needs, not for primary care. The problem is, we’re all so conditioned to using it for all of our healthcare, we all think it’s just the way it is.
The membership-based Direct Primary Care (DPC) model our clinic uses removes insurance from primary care. Instead of using insurance, patients pay a low monthly membership fee that covers all of their primary care needs. Removing the constraints and hassles of insurance allows physicians to spend more time with their patients. Spending more time, and being accessible and available almost 24/7, helps physicians create personal relationships with their patients. This allows for true personalized care.
More and more physicians are starting to practice this way, and more and more patients are experiencing the literal life-changing value the model offers.
Our staff is extremely proud and thrilled to be able to offer this model of care, and to let families and businesses see that they can have a better healthcare experience.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Wow, so many amazing things to do!
For sushi, the big names like Sushi Den and Matsuhisa are always great and offer an amazing experience. But you have to try Land of Sushi in Centennial. Don’t let the strip mall location fool you. The sushi is phenomenal, the ambiance is very pleasant, and the prices are shockingly low. The place is just good.
For hamburgers, the Cherry Cricket in Cherry Creek is a must. Outstanding hamburgers. The first time I went there I ordered a chicken sandwich and was almost thrown out on the street. So for your safety, if you go, order the burger, not the chicken sandwich.
Washington Park is always a must for visitors. Fantastic park.
Hudson Gardens, Denver Botanic Gardens, and Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield Farms are awesome low-key spots to visit.
Concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre! Hopefully those can start up again this summer.
We live in Castle Rock, and there are so many fun things around there. There are the zip lines and adventure courses at the Miller Activity Complex (MAC). Lots of hiking and biking on the MAC and connected Ridgeline trails. Restaurants like Union American Bistro and Siena at the Courtyard are surefire hits. Festival Park downtown is such a nice spot for town events and for just hanging out. Lost Coffee is a great local coffee shop.
And if you can get out of town a bit, the Manitou Incline is always a great activity. Driving up Mt. Evans is also a must…or if you’re ready for the challenge, you can ride your bike up it.
I could go on and on. This is such an awesome question. It gets me thinking about what I want to do more of too!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Two people come to mind immediately…my wife and my dad.
My wife and I have been together through almost all of my professional life, so she’s seen me struggle trying to find a happy place with work. She’s been nothing but supportive and available throughout this journey. Though it’s entirely cliche to say, I truly couldn’t have started my own business without her support over the years. She started her own business 12 years ago that’s turned into both a personal and professional success, so I learned from the best.
My dad was absolutely my biggest fan. He was so excited about this business he could hardly stand it. Without fail the first thing he asked about when we talked was how the business planning was going. He was so proud that I was doing this, and he told all of his friends (ad nauseam, probably). Sadly, he passed away six months before we opened, so he never got a chance to see it come together. He will always be an inspiration and a motivation for me.
Amy Stephens (Crib Tales Photography)