Shannon Cook BN&D APD (Hons)
Shannon is a warm, engaging and positive member of Optimum Intake’s Clinics and Disability dietitian teams, joining us in 2020. Her approach to nutrition is client centred and holistic, learning from and targeting every individual client’s knowledge and skill level to enhance the health, independence and well-being of each individual client. Shannon is particularly passionate about optimising nutrition in people living with a disability, both adults and children.
Shannon believes food and nutrition play an important role in enhancing quality of life and is essential for meeting the physical and functional needs of vulnerable people, children and their families. She enjoys providing informative and engaging consultations, tailoring all advice to the individual to achieve their desired outcomes, with a major emphasis placed on enjoying everyday foods. Shannon also has experience in providing support for those who have difficulty in chewing and swallowing, who may require nutrition support in the form of enteral nutrition (tube feeding). Shannon works closely with the multi-disciplinary team such as GP, speech pathologist, occupational therapist or support worker to empower and support the nutrition journey.
Apart from nutrition for those living with a disability, Shannon is also interested in supporting clients with complex chronic health needs such as diabetes management, heart disease, gastro-intestinal health and using a non-diet approach to promote sustainable changes in food choices.
Shannon is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and a member of Dietitians Australia. Graduating from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours), she started her nutrition career with experience in research and population based nutrition and health topics.
Shannon has the skills and knowledge to approach many nutrition related issues and has the support of Optimum Intake Dietitian team’s collective resources, experience and brains trust.
Shannon looks forward to supporting your journey to optimal nutrition.