Ryan Shelton

Owner + Beard Enthusiast

When I started my physical therapy career I thought I needed to have great hands to the best in the field. I took as many continuing education courses as my company would pay for, I completed a residency program in orthopedics, obtained my OCS certificate, and I’ve been fortunate to have a job that paid me to keep up with the best available research.

What I learned through that process was that having good skills are important, but those skills mean very little if you don’t have a good heart. We know, now, that relationships are more important than protocols. What you do in the clinic matters little if you can’t show you care, and that a person’s social and psychological health is just as important as their physical health.

Thankfully, I’ve had great mentors – like my business partner Matt – who continually shows me how making a difference can change peoples lives. My mission is no longer to be the best in Physical Therapy, my new mission is to use Physical Therapy to bring out the best in people, to remind my colleagues why they became a physical therapist, and inspire others to take their skills to the people who need them most.

Graduated from Bradley University 2004 with a B.S. in Health Science with a biology Minor

Graduated from St. Ambrose University 2006 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree

Graduated from Drayer Physical Therapy Inc. orthopedic residency program 2009

Orthopedic clinical specialist certificate 2010

Certified MDT 2012

Why Intension?

It became clear to me that the business of continuing education is doing more harm than good.  We now have dozens of courses claiming superiority over each other, making our job more confusing, and doing little to simplify how to be a great therapist. Many companies are cherry picking research to make their courses more marketable, but few are taking a realistic look at research and challenging other therapists to think differently.

On a mission to give back

Muhammad Ali said it best: Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.  

Have you ever seen anyone having a bad day when they are being charitable? Me either.

Fun Facts About Ryan

Follow The Beat

Music is a passion of mine. I’m a drummer by trade, but keep trying to pretend I can play guitar.

Save Your Money

I believe shoes, belts, and ties are a waste of time and money.

Your Basic Necessities

Most people consider food, shelter, and clothing as basic necessities. For me its food, shelter, and humor…clothing optional.

Who you are speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you’re saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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