Shannon Fenster, MS, CN, LMT
Certified Nutritionist | Licensed Massage Therapist | Trauma-Informed Practitioner
Shannon was drawn to the field of nutrition during her undergraduate studies and became fascinated with the healing power of plants. Shannon’s clinical focus is on Disordered Eating and restoring Normal Eating along with Ayurveda, sports nutrition, family nutrition and Centenarian lifestyles (individuals over 100 years of age with low mortality rates).
Shannon has worked with adults and adolescents in recovery from disordered eating in residential and partially hospitalized settings. It was here that she first learned about trauma-informed care, body positivity and gender fluidity. She is an advocate for building a relationship with food and self-care. Having faced her own trauma history, Shannon understands that triggers are a part of life. However, one’s response to these triggers is manageable and workable with distress tolerance skills, the health at every size approach, and Ellen Satter’s pioneering work in family dynamics at the dinner table. She recognizes that “life has pain but suffering is optional” especially when we learn to be assertive, pay attention to our needs and ask for help!
Shannon’s clinical focuses are:
- Eating Disorders, with a focus on Restrictive Eating in Adults and Adolescents
- Disordered eating, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder ARFID
- Digestion and Microbiome health
- Sports Nutrition
- Family Nutrition
- General Wellness
Shannon started her nutrition and wellness journey as an undergraduate at the Evergreen State College and discovered the healing power of plants – specifically that the mechanism of this power was due to their phytonutrient composition; the chemicals in plants that have effects in our bodies when consumed. Shannon studied at Bastyr University and completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical and Counseling Nutrition, becoming a Healthcare Practitioner in 2005. Shannon is an educator at heart, beginning her career as a Nutrition Educator working as a Nutrition Speaker for Community & Corporate Health education programs; individual and team Sports Nutrition and as an adjunct faculty member at Bellevue College.
Shannon has two teenagers and describes her own wellness in food and body by her ability to move without pain, sleep well and keep up with the family when mountain biking or playing pickleball. Shannon recognizes that each of us has different food preferences and a key to enjoyable family meals is learning new cooking skills, embracing the simple meals, sharing meal preparation duties and being flexible.
Shannon was also inspired by Michael Pollan’s challenge to grow one thing from home instead of buying it at the grocery store. What started out as raising backyard hens for eggs has delightfully grown to include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, mint and cilantro.