Shelly is a senior Polestar faculty member teaching nationally and internationally, and works closely with the Polestar licensees and senior educators.
As a frequent presenter at international fitness and Pilates conferences, Shelly brings a unique and fresh approach to the work of Joseph Pilates. She has been a pioneer of the Polestar curriculum since 1990 conducting Pilates workshops and Polestar Educator trainings around the world.
She served on the PMA Board of Directors from 2013-to 2019, and has served on various PMA committees focused on improving the quality of Pilates education including as a Subject Matter Expert for the PMA Certification Exam, now National Pilates Certification Exam since 2011.
Her early career included dancing professionally for 12 years with the Sacramento-based modern dance company Dale Scholl Dance/Art. Shelly received her BS degree in Dance from California State University, Sacramento, where she also served on the faculty from 1992 to 1998.
She studied Pilates and worked as a physical therapy aide with Polestar President Brent Anderson at his first clinic, Anderson Physical Therapy, in their native Sacramento for 7 years, and later moved with Polestar to Miami in 1998.
Shelly is the co-founder of Polestar Pilates Center Miami, a Pilates conditioning, rehabilitation, and physical therapy studio in Miami, Florida.
Shelly has a certification in GYROTONIC®, having trained with Angela Crowley, and has completed the first year of Franklin-Method® training with Eric Franklin. She has been a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS), is a member of the Pilates Method Alliance, and is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher.