Shella received her MS in Physical Therapy form the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1994. She has over 18 years experiences in neurological and vestibular/balance therapy, treating patients with neurological impairments and multi-factorial gait disturbance.
Shella’s clinical experiences include treating patients with traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and stroke in the acute setting including the surgical intensive care unit and also the inpatient and outpatient neuro rehab setttings. She has completed training in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) for adults with hemiplegia. Shella holds a Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehabilition (2001) and in Vestibular Function Test Interpretation (2007) both from Emory University’s Department of Rehabilitation. She has 12 years experience in the evaluation and treatment of balance and vestibular disorders.
Shella is the previous owner of a successful private practice specializing in Vestibular Rehabilition Therapy (VRT) in Florida and has served as Program Director and Rehab Director for Vestibular Programs in New York. She has also served as consultant to various outpatient clinics around the country, assisting them in developing Vestibular Rehabilitation programs. In addition, Shella is certified in Tai Chi for Arthritis and incorporates many of the principals and forms into her treatment for patients with vestibular and balance impairments. She believes that all aspects of the patient’s health and well-being must be incorporated into a treatment plan in order to improve that person’s quality of life.