Michelle has been practicing in the field of women’s health physical therapy for the last 9 years. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ithaca College in New York state. After moving to Colorado in 2013 she was trained by the Pelvic Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in pelvic floor therapy (both male and female). She has spent the last several years working in the oncology rehab setting and was trained as a STAR (Survivorship Training and Rehab) rehab oncology provider in 2014. She completed her training to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) by KLOSE training in 2014. And then board certified by the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) in 2018. Michelle also has additional training in more specialized modalities such as Visceral Mobilization, Myofascial Release, Cupping, Biofeedback and Neuromuscular Retraining.
As a young female athlete Michelle fought various chronic health conditions. For several years she felt her concerns were not heard and she was not taken seriously. As a physical therapist she knew that this was an area where she could make a difference. Thus Michelle's passion grew into helping women advocate for their bodies throughout their own personal journeys. She feels strongly that empowering women with knowledge about how their bodies work is an integral part of healing. She believes that our bodies are powerful and intuitive, they know what they need, and when given the proper tools and guidance they have an incredible ability to heal. Outside of the clinic, Michelle loves to spend time in nature whether it’s walking, playing in the snow or biking and hiking with her husband and dog. Her yoga and meditation practice are an important part of her daily routine. You can find Michelle spending time with friends, doing a puzzle, reading memoirs, traveling or trying out new recipes (Italian ones of course!).
VITA PT & Wellness is a service provider that we recommend in our shared space. To learn more, check our Michelle's website at: https://www.vitaptandwellness.com/