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Fourth Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

As part of our approach to providing the best care for our patients and more importantly our community, we are providing a series of open, free-to-the-public, town hall-style talks with our very own Doc, Dr. Karl Shanstrom.

Once a month on the fourth Friday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., join us via Zoom where we will discuss various health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and COPD.

Each of these talks will go over the health issue basics as well as common treatment options, medication education, and ideas for discussions to have with your family doctor. Each talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session where you can ask the doc and have that talk you always wanted but didn’t have time for.

Join Us:

  • Jan. 26, 2024 - Healthy Diets
  • Feb. 23, 2024 - Diabetes
  • March 29, 2024 - Skin Cancer
  • April 26, 2024 - Pap Smears (Women's Health) and Prostate Cancer (Men's Health)
  • May 24, 2024 - Smoking Cessation
  • June 28, 2024 - Arthritis
  • July 26, 2024 - Hypertension and Heart Disease
  • Aug. 23, 2024 - Vaccinations
  • Sept. 27, 2024 - COPD
  • Oct. 25, 2024 - Breast Cancer
  • Nov. 22, 2024 - Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Dec. 20, 2024 - Colon Cancer


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About Dr. Karl Shanstrom, DO

Dr. Shanstrom is the current medical director for the Brightli Healthcare Home program. Before this, he was the primary physician consultant for the Healthcare Home program at Family Counseling Center in Kennett, MO and the primary physician for their integrated family medicine clinic. Overall, he has over 10 years with the Healthcare Home program. In total, he has 15 years of experience in family medicine. Before this he had 11 years in Emergency Medical Services and was also a Seasonal State Park Ranger in Colorado. On the education side, he was the President of SEMO AHEC for a while and a regional director of medical education for the bootheel for 5 years. He comes from a family of teachers and was faculty at Pueblo Community College where he taught Anatomy and Physiology as well as General Biology before his journey into medicine. Besides medicine, his hobbies are just as varied. He enjoys working on cars and car shows as well as fencing and taking part in battle re-enactments from the 1600s.

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What is HealthCare Home?

Healthcare Home (HCH) is an alternative approach to delivering healthcare services that promises a better patient experience and better results than traditional care. By concerning ourselves with ALL of our client’s healthcare needs – both mental health and physical health – we will assist our clients toward better health and longer life.

Healthcare Home was established because evidence shows that:

  • Individuals with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population.
  • 60% of premature deaths in persons with schizophrenia are due to medical conditions such as cardiovascular, pulmonary and infectious diseases.
  • Second-generation antipsychotic medications are highly associated with weight gain, diabetes, dyslipidemia (abnormal cholesterol) and metabolic syndrome.

Burrell Behavioral Health has the infrastructure to educate HCH clients about their chronic diseases, coordinate care with their healthcare provider team, and provide the social support necessary to live fully in their communities.


24-Hour Crisis Line

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis, please call our toll-free 24-hour telephone line. Our team can help provide immediate assistance.

Southwest Missouri: 1-800-494-7355

Central Missouri: 1-800-395-2132

National Help Line: Call or Text 988