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Health at Every Size® Healthcare Provider Listing

Shannon L Andrews, MD

(she/her, they/them)

Health Coaching

Lighted Path Health
United States

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Special Instructions: Please fill out our contact us form, and we will reach out for a free initial call to determine if we have work to do together.
Age Groups Served:
- Adults (18 years old and up)
- Older Adults (65+ years old)
Languages Services Offered In:
- English

My Philosophy of Care

It’s not right that the current American health care system continues to shame, judge, marginalize, and abandon patients. All people deserve high quality health care delivered from a place of compassion and dignity. All. People. There are some commitments that I want to make to potential clients: I will listen to you. I will be honest about what I know. I will not advocate for intentional weight loss. I will respect your bodily autonomy. I will partner with you to develop an action plan to improve your health that is doable in your specific context. I welcome learning about your lived experience from the expert – you. Because of my journey, I have professional expertise and lived experience navigating this health care system as a person with several marginalized identities, and I want to share that wisdom with others.

About Me & My Practice

I became a doctor because I wanted to help people. My training was long and stressful, but I loved shedding light on how people could partner with their bodies to improve their health. I found joy explaining complicated ideas in simple ways. Despite this, I realized that there are many barriers and pitfalls in the current American health care system. The pandemic highlighted these struggles as well as the significant racial and other biases leading to health disparities (people being treated differently despite having the same symptoms or issues). I decided to start my own coaching practice. My hope is to support folks that are marginalized by American health care. Although I am white and middle class, I hold several marginalized identities. I’m fat, queer, disabled, and have chronic physical and mental illnesses as well a history of trauma as a child and youth. The health care system seldom treated me as a vibrant individual deserving of dignity and compassion. I knew enough about the current American health care system to advocate for myself. With a ton of internal work and external support, I now have a helpful health care team that listens to me. I want to teach you to do the same. I love to write, listen to music, play video games, and snuggle my cat, who may make an appearance on coaching calls from time to time.

Accessibility Considerations

Virtual coaching is provided in English via Zoom. Interpretation services are not available. Clients do not interact with any other staff besides myself. No weigh-ins or BMI usage.

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