Forty years ago, when Steven R. Lessens graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, he could not have imagined what a positive impact his life and career would have on the people of Shelby, Michigan. After serving the families of Shelby through his family practice for more than 36 years, Dr. Lessens retired from Mercy Health Physician Partners Lakeshore Medical Shelby in December 2016.
As a husband and father of two adult children — both of whom are involved in the health field — he discovered early on how to balance the needs of his medical practice, his family and the community at large.
Beloved for touching so many lives through his medical practice, Dr. Shelby also served eight years on the West Michigan Symphony Board of Directors, eight years as an elected trustee of the Shelby Village Council and is currently a trustee of Temple B’nai Israel in Muskegon.
Patients, staff, colleagues and community leaders gathered at the Lakeshore Hospital’s conference room on Thursday, January 19 to bid Dr. Lessens farewell. He and his wife Sherry will be moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his decades of devotion to health and community began.