Kelly Shannon has two great passions: delicious food and integrative wellness. She believes that healthy food should be both approachable and enjoyable, and she embraces the idea that “food is the best medicine.” As Senior Advisor for Nutrition Science, Kelly concentrates on a key area of health literacy specialization within Canyon Ranch Institute – culinary nutrition.
Kelly is focused on the development, testing, implementation, oversight, and branding of the CRI Healthy Table program. Working from Chicago, she also contributes to CRI partnerships and programs in the Upper Midwest region and travels to CRI partner locations as needed.
Canyon Ranch Institute is a 501(c)3 non-profit public charity that catalyzes the possibility of optimal health for all people by translating the best practices of Canyon Ranch and our partners to help educate, inspire, and empower every person to prevent disease and choose a life of wellness.
In addition to her role with Canyon Ranch Institute, Kelly is pursuing a master’s degree in Nutrition Science and certification as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She attends the School of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which is in close proximity to the national headquarters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of San Diego. Before joining Canyon Ranch Institute, Kelly worked for Levy Restaurants in Chicago, where she focused on the experiential aspects of and brand strategy for food venues in a range of settings, from iconic sports stadiums to fine-dining restaurants.
Kelly is a member of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group and the Food & Culinary Professionals practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is also a member of the Student Nutrition Association and the Urban Allied Health Academy at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Formerly a resident of Colorado and Southern California, Kelly enjoys all types of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and skiing. Kelly currently enjoys her leisure time by running on Chicago’s lakefront trail, cooking, and traveling.