Prior to SpineMatrix, he was president of Theken Spine. Shappley has served in senior management positions in various companies including Therics Corporation. Shappley is a founding and charter member of the Institute for Orthopaedic Enlightenment and is a listed inventor on seven orthopaedic implant patents. Shappley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Amedica is a spinal and orthopaedic implant company focused on silicon nitride ceramic technologies.