Shelly received her undergraduate degree from Elizabethtown College, and graduate degree from Chatham University, majoring in Occupational Therapy (OT). She received certification as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2003.

Treatment for hand, wrist and elbow conditions is unique and takes specialty care by a CHT to follow appropriate guidelines after injury or surgery. Shelly enjoys working with clients to find the best management of symptoms, resuming motion and strength to the arm, elbow or hand through clinic exercises, as well as a home program. She uses custom splinting methods to protect a healing injury, promote normal motion or reduce pain.

In 2016, Shelly received training through Touch Bionics in Columbus, Ohio and is certified to fit and train clients with i-limb digits, the most advanced partial hand prosthesis available for individuals with traumatic or congenital loss of digits.

A member of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT), American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and a volunteer for the National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapists.

Shelly works as a lab instructor for Saint Catherine University and is an adjunct instructor at Alvernia University.