Shelley Thomas– MPT, MBA, CERP
Hi, I’m Shelley Thomas. I graduated from the Mayo Clinic in 1999 with a Master’s in Physical Therapy and have worked for over 20 years with orthopedic and neurological injuries. I also received additional training to work with horses and am a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner from the University of Tennessee and a Permitted Equine Therapist for FEI events.
I’m passionate about helping horses with injury prevention, rehabilitation, and performance enhancement. One of the best ways to do this is to educate riders, and help riders be stronger, straighter, and more confident when they ride. I help horses directly with physical therapy, and indirectly by helping their rider. In truth the latter probably has a bigger impact!
I’ve had some personal experience related to the struggle of riding. In 2012, I found myself injured, out of shape, and anxious about riding after I took a bad fall. I knew what I should do yet struggled to create an effective training program to get myself on better ground. I was an unfocused athlete. #truth
I’m happy to report that I clawed my way back to better ground and want to share the tools I used to improve my mind, body, and inner drive. I’m passionate about helping riders, and active people of all ages, reach peak performance in their sport or activity of choice.
I live near Boise, ID with my husband and have a horse named Dr. Pangloss (aka Pan or Pangloss). I’ve competed in eventing, show jumping and dressage most of my life and have trained with many top trainers. I’ve also managed large barns and high performance horses and appreciate what it takes to reach for your dreams.
Intrepid Wellness was inspired by a horse named Intrepid. This horse was my partner and for 10 years, we had a great run together. Intrepid taught me so much about horsemanship, riding, loving, and being true. He inspired me to take a risk, start Intrepid Wellness and pursue living a passionate life. Intrepid was my horse, and I was his person. What an amazing gift I was given!
To my magnificent friend. I will love you and be grateful, for always.
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