Shelly is one of those people who you might suspect simply has more hours in the day than the rest of us because she manages to accomplish so much! In fact, I would even be tempted to say, that alone, is her “superpower”, but her true Super-Hero strength is her endless compassion and tireless efforts for humans and animals alike.
Earning her MD from Northwestern University, Shelly has spent her career helping those with painful conditions like Arthritis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Undifferentiated Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Psoriatic Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis to name a few. She has developed specific exercises to ease people, who are in pain, back into movement, which, as she explains, is “so important to rebuilding health and vitality”. Shelly’s patience and compassion is undeniable when it comes to helping those who are working to overcome chronic illness, something that is near and dear to my own heart.
Shelly also uses her vast medical knowledge along with her own personal fitness and yoga training to create programs that will work for anyone. In 2006, Shelly and husband Josh founded Mexifit, offering personal training as well as some of the best group fitness classes in the area. The group classes also happen to be held at one of the most picturesque locations overlooking the bay and all of Sayulita. Shelly says “if the class doesn’t take your breath away, the view surely will.”
Now, as if that wasn’t enough, Shelly also heads the Medical Aid Program with the local animal rescue, Sayulitanimals. In addition to providing extensive medical care for the animals, her real focus is on rehabilitating sick and injured animals to prepare them for adoption. Shelly has assisted hundreds of dogs and cats in finding “furever” homes all over the globe. She works tirelessly with even the most dire of cases, giving the animal “whatever it takes”, which she says is part medical attention mixed with lots of love and affection. “Sometimes you just have to remind an animal that has been abused and abandoned that love still exists”. Oh, and did I mention that she does this all on a VOLUNTEER basis – wow! Shelly currently has three dogs of her own with a constant influx of fosters waiting for permanent homes.
Recently, Shelly and I collaborated on a series of videos for the Nutrify For Life Retreat Program. So, instead of sharing the usual Super-Hero recipe this week, we decided to share a couple of the videos with you.
Shelly also offers a wide array of exercise videos available on her website – go check them out here.