Shannon was born and raised in Houston, Texas. For undergraduate studies, she attended Notre Dame and spent six months studying in Spain. After college, she did a year of service through AmeriCorps at a home for individuals with developmental disabilities in Chicago. She made it back down to Texas for medical school at UT Houston where she met her future husband Rohit. She focused on global health throughout college and medical school and is happy to have joined the Global Health Leadership Track here at UVA.