Shannon is a Registered Dietitian, a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), a group exercise instructor, and she holds a psychology degree from Ithaca College. She worked in financial services for many years, during which time she developed an interest in fitness and nutrition in her efforts to improve her own health. She decided to embark upon a career change, and she returned to school to study nutrition and dietetics at Simmons College. She left her sedentary desk job, and worked as a personal trainer while completing her dietetics program.
She has seen that fitness has the ability to be both mentally and physically transformative. Her role as a coach is to create a training environment that allows clients to discover what they are capable of, while helping them to develop the skills to become more confident and self-sufficient inside and outside of the gym. She believes that solid movement patterns as a foundation for strength and overall fitness are essential to the functions of everyday life. She has experience using hardstyle kettlebell training, metabolic resistance training, barbell/free weight training, and cardio modalities for body composition changes, improved movement quality, and increased strength.
As a Registered Dietitian, she takes a non-diet approach, and believes that the most effective nutrition solution is one that promotes sustainable lifestyle change, and this best done through a supportive and collaborative working relationship. Depending on a client’s goals, motivations, and current nutrition knowledge, solutions may include nutrition education, habit-based change, and intuitive eating strategies.
In her free time, she can usually be found working towards a deadlift PR, posting Instagram photos of her cat (IG: shannonRD-CPT), biking around town, or cooking delicious vegetarian meals.