“I’m sorry, I don’t know what is going on. All your test results are normal.” That was a statement I heard several times through my time as an athlete in high school. As an avid runner, Dr. Shannon had to battle through frustrations and despair with injuries that either left her under-performing, or sidelined. Making sure other people did not go through a similar situation is what made her want to be a physical therapist.
During grad school she was finally able to put a name to the pain that had plagued her throughout her high school running career. Beyond that, she began to learn about the pelvic floor and made connections to limitations and pains she had assumed were unique to her. When she realized she was not alone in her symptoms, a light bulb went off in her head. She knew that she wanted to help others with these symptoms and began gravitating towards a specialization in pelvic floor dysfunction.
Her own personal journey with pelvic floor physical therapy as a specialty has been woven with her own personal experiences. Her goal is to continue to seek answers, and not just accept symptoms as normal, despite how common they may be. As a mom of 2, and also an ultra runner, she can understand how hard it can be to get back to doing the things you love and sees the work she does as the missing piece for many who are looking for answers.