Amanda Mae Banas, DO
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois, but have called Michigan home for the last several years prior to moving to Colorado. I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for college, followed by Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. I decided to move to Colorado after completing my residency training in the Detroit metro area for the more than 300 days a year of sunshine and the endless year-round outdoor activities the state has to offer. I chose to become a physician because the job uniquely allows me to combine my intellectual curiosity for the sciences, my natural gift of clear communication skills, and my strong desire to serve others.
About my practice
I discovered my passion for internal medicine early on in my medical training. I enjoy the variety and complexity of the conditions diagnosed and treated within the field of internal medicine, and I enjoy simplifying these complexities using a language that is productive and easy to understand for my patients. Internal medicine is an involved team sport consisting of therapists, nurses, specialists and more, and I enjoy my role as the internist in being able to bring a clear, unified picture of a patient’s health and hospital stay to their bedside. I strive to treat each patient as if they were my own family member and to never lose sight of what a unique, tremendous responsibility each of my patients is entrusting to me in allowing me to be their physician. I am grateful to be a part of the Colorado Permanente Medical Group hospitalist team at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.
How I Thrive
I thrive by staying physically active as much as I can. I enjoy all types of physical fitness including hiking, weight lifting, plyometrics and yoga. I have found that no matter what is going on in my life, getting my heart rate up with physical activity makes everything seem better or at least easier to handle. I also thrive through the relationships with my family and friends. My mother and father are the 2 most supportive and loving people I know, and they have instilled in me the great importance and value of family. On my time off from work, I will be hiking in the mountains, trying out new restaurants in town, traveling, and visiting my family at our lake home in western Michigan.