Shannon has had a strong connection with food since she was a student-athlete at West Chester University. During her college career studying nutrition and dietetics while also playing softball, she realized the importance of using food to fuel and remain healthy. Her connection with food then developed during her time at Ohio University completing her dietetic internship and Masters Degree in Nutrition Sciences. As Shannon was struggling with chronic cystic acne, she realized the importance of using food to heal her body from the inside out. After adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle, her body started to heal and she is now living with clear skin, a clear mind, and a strong relationship with food. Shannon also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University. Her expertise in plant based nutrition, built on personal experience and evidence based research, supports her passion to empower clients to include more plants, whole foods and habit change to support their health goals.
Before joining the OnPoint team, Shannon worked as a clinical dietitian in long-term care and rehabilitation centers in the surrounding Philadelphia area. She is passionate about helping others on their health journey and realizes the struggles, frustrations, and doubts that may come with changing lifestyle habits; however, she recognizes the reward and happiness it brings to people's lives. She wants to be the support and empowerment for people on their very own health journey.
Shannon lives in Philadelphia and loves exploring the city and trying new restaurants. She loves to garden, take walks, exercise, cook, travel, and spend time with her friends and family.
What do you enjoy most about being a nutritionist/dietitian?
As a dietitian, I talk about food a lot. I love that food can mean so many different things for different people. Everyone can relate to food and I enjoy building relationships based on this concept. Food has the power to help people with so many health conditions, and I love being able to share my knowledge about food to help people every day.
What questions do clients most commonly ask you? What is your answer?
Clients most commonly ask me "what foods do I need to cut out," or "what is the fastest way I can lose weight?" My answer is first looking at what foods can you bring in to your diet to help, then look at what do you comfortable on reducing and why. It is so important to understand the "why" so that you feel comfortable making your own decisions while keeping in mind your health goals. Because we are working on lifestyle changes rather than "diets," any food can still fit into your lifestyle. Since this is a health journey where we work together to create a healthy lifestyle, most commonly weight loss is a positive side effect. Be patient and trust the process!
If you could give clients one piece of advice in improving their health/nutrition, what would it be?
Improving your health and nutrition will bring you many rewards in so many aspects of your life that you may not have even realized! Keep an open mind and focus on small positive changes to lead you to your ultimate goals. It can be hard sometimes but know that you will have a strong support system to keep you positive and motivated!