Shelly has over 30 years of experience as a physical therapist along with 25 years as a certified athletic trainer and Sports Certified Sports Specialist. She served over 27 years in the US Navy as a true direct access physical therapist with the ability to order imagining, prescribe medications and determine limits on duty and return to “play”
She has worked in all levels of sports competition and spent three weeks in China training the Chinese Olympic medical staff before they traveled to Rio for the 2016 games. Shelly is a certified Emergency Responder as well as an author of several book chapters, courses, and lectures on Acute Injury and Illness in Athletes.
Shelly believes in treating the athlete as a whole, and specifically enjoys working with athletes who are post shoulder surgery. Her other love is assisting athletes to safely Return to Play. In many areas, high school athletic trainers are spread too thin and insurance rarely covers this much-needed program.
Shelly also serves as the Medical Coordinator of the Marine Corps Marathon Organization and is a doctoral candidate in the Peabody School of Education at Vanderbilt University with expected graduation in July 2021.