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! 

Preya Patel, MBA, RD, LD

Preya was born and raised in Northern California. She attended Cal Poly Pomona and earned her B.S. in Food and Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics. Thereafter, she pursued her Masters in Business Administration at Dominican University in the greater Chicago area. Preya initially worked in a clinical setting covering the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units as well as adult ICU step down units. When she is not working and helping patients, she loves travelling, exploring new coffee shops and restaurants, and baking.

Preya knew she wanted to become a dietitian starting in high school. Preya grew up vegetarian and continues to be to this day. She is well-versed with the plant-based world. As a dietitian, she believes that there is no cookie cutter diet, and that nutrition involves a lifestyle change. Preya can help you maintain a lifestyle that fits your day to day life with the use of science and nutrition. 

Sierra Kuno, RD, LD

Sierra grew up in Wyoming where she competed in various sports. As a competitive soccer athlete in college, she learned the importance of how proper nutrition can contribute to her overall health and athletic performance. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas offered a great nutrition program and the warmer climate and big city opportunities drew her to Las Vegas. Sierra moved to Las Vegas in 2015 and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. After graduating from UNLV, she gained further experience at a non-profit organization providing nutrition education and cooking lessons to various populations in the Las Vegas Valley.

Sierra has a diverse background in health and nutrition. Her experiences have led to a strong belief that health and wellness have a huge impact on one’s quality of life. She feels that every person has the opportunity to optimize their own health while enhancing personal confidence. She loves interacting with clients and making them feel comfortable while meeting their needs. She wants to impact other people’s lives by promoting health/wellness and longevity through positive changes.