Dr. Shannon Donnals is far from perfect, which many say makes her the perfect therapist.
For years, she battled being overweight. Surgery made a difference, as did changes she made to her nutrition and exercise routines. Like all of us, she faces stress and unexpected bumps in the road. A recent car-vs.-deer situation, in fact, left her with a broken wrist. She’s finding way to cope physically and emotionally with the related limitations.
“I got a hot pink cast,” she said. “I might as well make it fun.”
And on a regular basis, she turns to ‘80s music.
“I usually have it blaring in the car. It’s my way to decompress,” said the Tuscola native who named her cat after Rick Springfield’s hit song “Jessie’s Girl.
She wants you to know you can turn to her.
Dr. Shannon is part of the seven-person Two Roads Wellness Clinic team welcoming area providers and community members to the Danville branch’s open house from 4 to 7 p.m. June 9 at 1101 E. Winter Avenue. Two Roads Wellness Clinic—with Champaign services, as well—walks with clients on life’s journeys with individual, marriage, family and group therapy that truly makes a difference. To RSVP for the June 9 event, please call Charity Fester at 217-651-6801 or email email@example.com.
What else does this therapist find therapeutic?
Time with her 21-year-old daughter, Lauren.
Lunch out with friends.
A little shopping/retail therapy.
Her monthly massage.
Visiting family near and far.
She recognizes that for most people—especially those who struggle short- or long-term with mental health issues—quick fixes simply don’t exist.
“I used to be that person. I wanted to take the easy way out,” Dr. Shannon said. “Because I’ve been there, I tell my patients that if they want something, we can do it together if we work hard enough.”
Even those who take action to make changes slip up.
“When I’m under stress, Hershey bars with almonds are my downfall,” she said.
It’s important to Dr. Shannon that her clients and potential client know who she is and how real she is.
“Oh, I am so real. I’m probably one of most laid-back therapists. I want the people I’m here to help to know that we’re in this together in a safe and relaxed environment,” she said.
“We simply have conversations. And if they don’t want to talk about some things, I don’t push. That’s me. And I make sure they see me as me.” That also means sharing the joy.
“It’s always rewarding when patients tell me I helped them get to a certain goal. Or if we have a breakthrough,” she said. “We always focus on their strengths.”
That works, both for her clients at Carle and at Two Roads Wellness Clinic.
“We’re thrilled to have Dr. Shannon’s expertise and experience,” said Jessica Nemecz, Two Roads co-owner.
“Our clients love her personality, her caring and helpful style and her ability to relate on very real levels.”
To talk with Dr. Shannon or any of the other therapists at Two Roads, please call 217-651-6801 or visit www.tworoadswellnessclinic.com today.