Shannon Hayes Buescher is a registered and licensed dietitian. Shannon attended Buffalo State College and earned a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. She then went on to receive her Masters in Nutrition and Physical Performance Degree from Saint Louis University. Shannon possesses over fifteen years of experience with nutritional counseling in weight loss, weight gain, sports nutrition and eating disorders.
As a former high school and collegiate athlete, Shannon first started her dietetic career focusing on female athletes and sports performance. As she worked more with this population, she saw more of these women struggling with eating disorders. Shannon continued to work with female athletes, but emphasized her work with eating disorder clients.
While Shannon started her private practice in 2005, she began working at McCallum Place, an intensive treatment facility for eating disorders. Shannon met with patients both individually and in group settings to address nutritional needs and work on the relationship with food and body. In 2007, Shannon devoted full time to her private practice and continues that today.
In 2016, Shannon became an Intuitive Eating counselor. She completed the training with Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN, one of the co-authors of Intuitive Eating. Shannon is passionate about helping those that have struggled with constant dieting, weight cycling or yo-yo dieting to rediscover trust with themselves again and find a healthy relationship with food
Shannon is not the “average” dietitian. She is a nutritional counselor. Most often, Shannon is working with a therapist to help optimize the self-discovery and healing in the process of creating a new relationship with food and body. Shannon helps you to look beyond the surface food and your body and discover the emotions that are attached to the excess or lack of food. She helps you look at how you are prioritizing food and yourself in your life. She encourages changing the language you use with food and yourself to be kinder, more loving and self-honoring.
When a person is meeting with Shannon, the goals will vary depending on the individual. Some common goals are to.
- Help you look at why you are using food or lack of food in your life. This is probably the most valuable, in discovering why your relationship with food is what it is. There is always a reason behind the restriction, dieting, binging or hours of exercise.
- Help improve your relationship with food/exercise and your body.
- Help you to learn to listen to your hunger, fullness and satiety cues.
- Work to eliminate the diet mentality and behaviors.
- Work with your doctor, therapist or other treatment team members in order to most effectively coordinate treatment on all fronts.
- Help you change the language you use with food and your body to be more kind, loving and self-honoring.
Finding peace with food and your body is a journey, but with the right tools and guidance, it can be yours.