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Shima Nixon | USA | Bold Decisions

Recreational Therapist | ASU MSPO Alumna | GUS Alumna | Speaker


Shima Nixon, a resilient individual aged 31, faced life-altering challenges but emerged triumphant. In 2013, a tragic car accident led to the loss of her left leg above the knee and, later, her right leg below the knee. Undeterred, Shima embarked on a prosthetic leg journey in January 2014. Amidst personal turmoil, she completed an Associates Degree in Recreational Therapy in May 2016.


Shima's indomitable spirit propelled her to achieve a Bachelors Degree in Recreational Therapy in May 2019. Simultaneously, she secured an internship at her dream location. In May 2023, she attained a Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics from Alabama State University, becoming the First Black Female Clinician with Bilateral Limb Loss in the United States. Her residency at Hanger Clinic, Miami, began in June 2023.


Despite only 2% African American certified clinicians in Prosthetics and Orthotics, Shima, hailing from Williamston, North Carolina, became an inspirational trailblazer. Her journey, marked by tragedy, rehabilitation, and academic accomplishments, exemplifies determination and resilience. Shima's story, featured by NBC News, reflects her dedication to uplifting amputees and addressing racial disparities in healthcare.


From despair after the accident to achieving her master's, Shima's transformative journey includes adaptive sports, recreational therapy, and a commitment to becoming a certified prosthetist/orthotist. The recipient of the Hanger Foundation Diversity Scholarship, she aims to inspire others by occupying spaces underrepresented by African Americans.



Shima's reunion with mentor Stephen Shope, her speech as class president, and her reunion with her community at the White Coat ceremony underscore the support that propelled her success. Shima Nixon's narrative embodies triumph over adversity, resilience, and the pursuit of a greater purpose.


Social Media Handles:

Instagram: @shima0329

LinkedIn: Taushima (Shima) Nixon

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