Michelle received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) in San Diego, CA. She also attended San Diego State University for her undergraduate career, where she received a BS in Kinesiology and Biology. Her doctoral project had an emphasis on “An Occupational Therapy Approach on Play for Pediatric Cancer Patients” with the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Oncology And Kids in San Diego, where she created various playgroups, caregiver support groups, and resources for these organizations.
She has experience working with children of all ages, and has previously worked as an ABA behavior therapist prior to graduate school. She was also a camp counselor for children with cancer, a volunteer to teach water-based activities to foster children, and also did an internship in Japan to teach high schoolers English and empowerment skills.
Outside of work, Michelle loves to be outdoors, bake, travel, attend concerts, and spend time with her family, friends, and rescue dog Mochi.