By Erin Eskew, Killen Daily Herald, February 28, 2021
From childhood, Shawnnell Batiste was inspired to help people and expressed a desire to become a child psychiatrist.
“Most people would say, I was an empath,” Batiste said. “I tended to draw people to me who needed help. If you can help, help, and if you can’t, just listen”
Born and raised in Louisiana — primarily New Orleans but also in Shreveport — Batiste pursues her dream of helping people feel heard and understood.