Shelley grew up in Southland and graduated from the Otago School of Physiotherapy in 1984. Post graduate qualifications include Advanced Diploma Physiotherapy (Orthopaedic Manual Therapy) and Hand Therapy Certification.
Shelley has worked mainly in musculoskeletal private practice. Over the years she has also worked in occupational health and spent three years on the burns, plastics & hand ward at Waikato Hospital. For the last 12 years Shelley has worked in an Auckland clinic solely dedicated to treating hand injuries.
Outside of work Shelley enjoys participating in arts related activities.