Meet the dietitians

Shannon Leininger, MEd, RDN, LD, CDCES, CHES

Shannon grew up outside of Kansas City, MO and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she earned her B.S. in Nutrition and Fitness. After graduating, she moved to Las Vegas to earn a Masters Degree in Health Promotion. During this time, she realized she had a real passion for nutrition and learning more about how it can be used to help prevent and treat diseases, and most of all, improve quality of life.  Shannon went back to school to earn her degree in Nutrition Sciences and since then has worked as a Registered Dietitian in a variety of settings and with a variety of age groups, ranging from preschoolers to seniors.  Shannon has worked in public health, corporate wellness, and most recently in private practice. Shannon is also a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and a Certified Health Education Specialist and is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and American Association of Diabetes Educators. In addition, she earned a Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions in 2018. She has given numerous health seminars and led programs on topics such as men’s and women’s health, stress management, tobacco cessation, diabetes, and weight management to a wide range of audience sizes.  

Shannon truly feels that it’s what you’re doing “most of the time” that matters, and welcomes the opportunity to help you improve your quality of life and feel better.  As a dietitian, naturally Shannon recognizes the importance of nutrition, but also takes into account the impact that other factors, such as physical activity and stress, have on your health.  There are many factors that go into deciding the types of foods you eat, and Shannon can help you navigate through any barriers and decide which eating plan is the best for you. Sometimes people know “what” to eat, but may need help figuring out how that fits into their life. In addition, Shannon can help you work on changing your behaviors by exploring some of your triggers for eating, which is key to long-term success. Whether your goal is to manage a disease, prevent a disease, or simply “LiveWell,” Shannon can help! 

Laura Nizri, RDN, LD

Laura was born in Israel and raised in Red Oak, Iowa.  Her mother was an avid gardener and prepared healthy homecooked meals daily which inspired her interest in food and nutrition.  She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Science with a specialty in Food and Nutrition from the University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale.  She completed her dietetic internship at Iowa State University, then relocated to Las Vegas were she began a rewarding career in Renal Nutrition.  

Laura has worked in the Dialysis and Renal Nutrition field for 15 yrs, obtaining her Board Certification as a Renal Nutrition Specialist in 2015. She enjoys helping people find an appropriate balance between enjoying the foods they love and fueling their bodies for optimal performance while seeking to prevent chronic health conditions. Nutrition is not one size fits all… food is personal, emotional, and cultural.  It requires an individualized approach to get the best results and Laura is happy to help you accomplish that!

Sarah Naqshband, RDN, LD, CPT

Sarah was born and raised in Las Vegas. She attended the University of Nevada-Las Vegas where she earned her B.S. in Nutrition Sciences and went on to become a Registered Dietitian. While in college, Sarah worked as a Certified Personal Trainer at LVAC where she was able to work with a variety of clients from different age groups, ethnicities, and backgrounds. Sarah knew she had a passion for nutrition at the age of 16 when she realized how food was directly related to her overall health, well-being, and performance at the gym. She loves everything about food, nutrition, culinary principles, and exercise, and is eager to educate and help others. 

What Sarah loves most about being a Registered Dietitian is being able to spread the knowledge of how to still enjoy foods you love without feeling guilty, all while feeling the best you can. She wants to help others find food freedom and make nutrition a part of their lifestyle rather than a difficult or unwanted diet. Sarah can work together with you to find out what is most sustainable for your lifestyle, and what will be most beneficial for your overall health. Being healthy comes in all different shapes and sizes, and can differ depending on stress level, sleep, physical activity, and so much more. Together, you and Sarah can break apart these barriers and figure out what will work best for you. 

Cassie Montana, RD, LD

Cassie was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she earned her B.S. in Nutrition Sciences. She completed an accredited dietetic internship, and went on to start her career as a Registered Dietitian here in the Las Vegas community. She has experience working with children and adolescents, adults, and seniors. Cassie has a compassionate and encouraging style of counseling and enjoys teaching others how to find balanced eating approaches. When Cassie isn’t working you can find her enjoying new coffee shops and restaurants, creating delicious recipes in the kitchen, and seeking adventure.

With all of the misinformation that comes with our media-focused world, Cassie loves to educate on the science of nutrition to empower you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle. With a background in garden nutrition, Cassie is  especially skilled in plant-based nutrition and sustainability. Cassie understands that health and nutrition is not a one size fits all approach and it doesn’t look the same for everyone. She will empower and continuously encourage you with a nutrition plan that is tailored to your individual needs, conditions, and lifestyle. Together we will work to find answers and solutions to any barriers that are holding you back from reaching your goals!