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Shelley – Starting a New Career at 52

Shelley Student Story

Meet Shelley, a 2013 graduate of MaKami College. Her massage therapy journey began when she was working in the medical field as a nurse. As much as she loved her work, Shelley found herself unhappy with the extremely competitive and demanding job.

She found herself having to move and lift clients and do other physically strenuous work daily. The strict schedules and limited time spent helping each client also played a part in her wanting to make a change. Lastly, it was an emotionally challenging job as she was always around ailing patients or experiencing patients passing away. Shelley still wanted to pursue a medical career since it was always her passion, but she wanted to go in a different direction. This brought her to massage therapy.

In addition to changing careers, Shelley was also experiencing her own personal emotional turmoil as she was going through a divorce at the same time. Though it was hard, Shelley wanted to prove to herself that she could achieve this goal and be successful.

“If you are not fulfilled or satisfied in your career, it’s never too late to change it, and it’s never too late to go back to school and change your life. Just keep the focus on you and your achievements,” Shelley explains.

Having embarked on a new journey at the age of 52, Shelley has started to reap the rewards. Now at the age of 59, her life is the best it has ever been!

After graduating, Shelley continued her education in massage therapy by completing more courses and now holds a certificate in Graston, Level 3 in Stamina, Facial Stretch Therapy and Rehabilitation. She then started working with MaKami College as a Clinic Supervisor/Community Outreach Coordinator.

Shelley now has the financial freedom to do the things she loves the most. She was able to purchase her dream truck last year, bought a beautiful home in 2016 and was able to open a home-based clinic for her clients. Her business has taken off and has expanded to offer mobile massage therapy services as well.

During her free time, Shelley loves to travel. She recently came back from a trip to Hawaii and will be travelling to Portugal for a month to celebrate her 60th birthday. Shelley is now able to schedule her clients as she pleases, making it easy to fit with her lifestyle.

Shop local this season. Call 780-717-1817 to book your appointment with Shelley now!

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