Shelley, co-owner of Speech Therapy Center of excellence, has specialized in the treatment of voice disorders, swallowing disorders, head and neck cancer, head injuries, stroke patients, orofacial myology, Parkinson's patients, ALS patients, and accent reduction over the past 25 years.
Shelley graduated in 1978 from Long Beach California State University where she received a Bachelor of the Arts degree. Shelley earned a Master of Science Degree "with distinction" at the University of Nevada Reno in 1982. It was here that Shelley first developed an interest in working with voice disorder patients which has been her passion throughout her career.
Shelley worked for eight years at the University Medical Center where she played an instrumental role in developing the first comprehensive swallowing clinic to include the Modified Barium Study. She has been instrumental in educating hospital staff and doctors, regarding patients who experience swallowing difficulties. Shelley is trained and certified in neuromuscular electrical stimulation, which is used in improving the swallowing function.
Shelley is certified in the Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, and has witnessed significant beneficial results from this approach. Seeing the expression of family members when they can hear their loved ones voice for the first time is very rewarding! Shelley has been asked to speak at the annual Parkinson Convention a number of times.
Shelley and her longtime business partner, Jil Gertz, opened their practice in 1990, providing specialized
Shelley and her longtime business partner, Jil Gertz, opened their practice in 1990, providing specializedtreatment for both adult and pediatric patients in outpatient settings, as well as hospitals, home health, and skilled nursing facilities in the Las Vegas community. Their practice continues to focus on providing individualized treatment helping people with speech difficulties, understanding their goals and desires to return to society as productive members with emphasis on quality of life.
Outside of work, Shelley enjoys the outdoors including boating in San Diego, RV camping, and playing tennis. She loves cooking and spending time with friends and family (especially her two grandchildren), and cheering for the LA Chargers and LV GoldenKnights. Shelley serves on the Advisory Council for the Hoving Home, which helps women in recovery. She is involved in Women's ministry and mentoring at her church, and sponsorship through World Vision.