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Certified Recreational Therapist Specialist

Monroe, Michigan, United States
April 28, 2019

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Shelly Ridner MA, CTRS ATRIC 734-***-****


Master in Recreational Therapy Administration. Bachelor in Exercise Science. Profound ability to motivate, support, and interact with people on a personal level to help guide them towards a healthy lifestyle and improved quality of life. My love for health, fitness, and recreation along with the desire to help others has inspired me to pursue a PhD in Therapeutic Recreation so I may engage in research to reveal evidenced based effective outcomes that will establish standard protocols.

NCTRC Certified: 81050


Communication Skills

Leadership Skills

Problem Solving Skills

Flexible and Adaptable to Change

Medical Terminology

Fitness Assessments

Fitness Equipment Operation

Knowledge of Human Anatomy




Exercise Physiology

Certified Gerontology Practice

Halliwick certified

Water Specific Therapy certified

ATRI certified

ATRI Geriatric Specialty certified

CPR, First Aid, and AED certified

SCW PT certified

SCW Sports Nutrition certified

ZUMBA certified

PiYo certified

WSI certified

AFAA certified Personal Trainer

AFAA certified Fitness Instructor

Relevant Experience

Internship at camp, providing RT programs for Individuals with physical disabilities.

Internship, administration and RT programing experience with geriatric facility.

Clinical experience of Psych at Flower Hospital.

Clinical experience of Geriatrics, completed at Goerlich Center of Flower Hospital.

Clinical experience of physical rehab, completed at U of M.

Volunteer for adaptive bike events at U of M for individuals with physical disabilities.

GA/Pro staff programming including Special Olympic events at UT Recreational Center.

Volunteer for NYSP Summer 2017 Team Sports Pro Staff Leader for at risk youth.

Volunteer at Sunshine with individuals that are intellectually and physically disabled.

Recently held a two year GA position at the University of Toledo, Office of Recreational Services, supervisor of the Fitness and Wellness programs and the employees both at the Student Recreational Center and the Morse Center.

Experience at a private corporation with five locations as the Wellness Coach; responsible for training over thirty employees, along with tracking and ensuring all customer’s success in their programs.

2 years as a personal care provider of developmentally delayed individual.

20 years of experience in the exercise science field with success in motivating and educating clients on living a healthy lifestyle.

Developed fitness programs and trained instructors for multiple organizations.

Employment Experience

December 2016 GA Fitness/Wellness Office of Recreational Services Toledo, OH

To University of Toledo: Recreation Center

May 2018 Supervise, hire, and train all personal trainers and fitness instructors;

responsible for annual budget report, adherence to policies, procedures, and

EAP to insure premiere Fitness and Wellness programs.

March 2007 Monroe County Community Education Monroe, MI

To Self-contractor/Fitness Instructor

Current Continuously working as a personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 20

years; teach a variety fitness classes, swim lessons, train people of all age

groups, abilities, and fitness levels. Currently teach a variety of classes and

swim lessons through 8 week sessions, 6-8 classes/week.

July 2014 Electrik Beach/Image Monroe, MI

To Wellness Coach/Trainer

January 2016 Trained and certified all staff on procedures and protocols for Light-Lipo.

Overseen all customer programs; tracked their progress, provided support,

encouragement, and education. Counseled, and corresponded with customers

throughout their programs to ensure success. Provided elite customer service.


August 2018 University of Toledo Toledo, OH.

Master of Art, Leisure Studies

December 2013 University of Toledo Toledo, OH.

Bachelor of Exercise Science

April 2011 Monroe County Community College Monroe, MI.

Associate of Science

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