Dr Shields is a native of Colorado. He attended Western State Colorado University with a degree in biology followed by medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He completed Internal Medicine Residency and Gastroenterology Fellowship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA and Hepatology training at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA. He stayed on faculty at the Naval Medical Center and was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences for five years before joining Grand Junction Gastroenterology in 2014. He is board certified in Gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and American College of Gastroenterology.