Shirley Werth brings over thirty-five years of experience to the Fitness for Health team. She has maintained a private practice since 1995, serving children and families with a variety of challenges that interfere with successful participation in home, school, and community routines. She pursues and enjoys collaboration with families and interdisciplinary teams to maximize the benefits derived from therapeutic strategies and reach meaningful goals that help children and families live and experience life to the fullest.
Shirley received her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Special Education with an emphasis in infant and early childhood mental health from Johns Hopkins University, and is certified in pediatric neuro-developmental treatment by the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association. She has worked with all ages, infants through 12th-grade students, in hospitals, public and private schools, early intervention programs, and nontraditional community settings.
A certified group fitness instructor and continuing education credit provider by the American Council for Exercise, Shirley also applies her OT experience to help train and equip certified group fitness instructors and design exercise programs for individuals with special needs. Her work received the Department of the Navy’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1994.