Michelle is a 2013 graduate of the University of Utah College of Nursing and has been practicing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since that time. She is board-certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Association to treat children, adolescents, and adults. Since 2004 she has been a member of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA). She received her undergraduate degree in nursing from the University of Utah, College of Nursing in 2005.
Michelle has extensive experience with adolescent treatment, having worked at Vista Adolescent Treatment Centers for 16 years, eight of which she was the Director of Nursing. The population served included a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses including, but not limited to bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorders, bipolar disorders, and trauma-related disorders.
During her tenure at Vista Treatment Centers, and in an effort to become more involved in the treatment of trauma patients, Michelle became a forensic nurse examiner or Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, (SANE Nurse) wherein she would treat sexual assault patients in an emergency room setting, collect evidence for law enforcement, and testify as an expert witness in a court of law for cases of sexual assault.
Michelle has varied experience as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner including inpatient residential care at The Center for Change, a specialty hospital for women and girls with eating disorders, along with co-morbid, psychiatric disorders. Michelle has been a contracted psychiatric provider for Elements Wilderness and Elements Traverse Wilderness Program in Duchesne Utah since 2015. Additionally, she has been with Child and Family Support Services in Prescott Valley and Flagstaff, AZ, practicing Telemed, since 2014, specializing in child and adolescent psychiatric services.
Michelle has been an active member of the Health Choice Integrated Care, Northern Arizona, Internal Autism Committee, since 2016, a multidisciplinary team committed to assessing needs and improving access to early screening, diagnosis, and interventions for patients at risk for autism spectrum disorders, in rural settings.
As a resident of a small rural farming community in Utah, she sees the growing need to expand psychiatric services to rural populations underserved by the current behavioral health system. Michelle is originally from Maryland but has lived in Utah for 29 years. She has 3 daughters, one son, and one son-in-law, ages 11-31, each of who are extremely active in sports, and outdoor activities. Over the last 25 years, she has coached her children in softball, basketball, and volleyball.