At age 20, Michelle worked in an elder rehab clinic. At the clinic Michelle witnessed the profoundly transformative effects of the Bobath technique-an integrated physical therapy approach to rehabilitate brain injury patients. That experience inspired Michelle to devote her life’s work in service to showing people how to feel at ease in their body and to feel powerful in life.
Michelle received a degree in Physical Therapy in 1991. While working at St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Michelle sought relief for a long-standing whiplash injury with the whole-Being system of Aston Kinetics. Aston Kinetics healed the injury and Michelle was overjoyed to discover a holistic healing modality that gave her the tools through which she could grow personally in the expression of her skills, talents and philosophy.
“I love my work. It’s like a dance that grounds me in my body. I feel energized and fully present in my work.” Michelle’s clients rave that her laser focus and her well-honed intuitive gift for complex problem solving gives them the relief that they have been seeking. “I see each client not as an accumulation of pain, trauma and something wrong, rather I see what is possible and lead them towards their goals. I consider how the person is feeling in the moment and how he or she moves with the body. I verify my intuition with assessment and technical skills to then create an action plan. I value transparent communication and collaboration. I use the client’s history as a springboard, to completely release the pain.”
Movement in diverse forms-yoga, martial arts, hiking, biking, weightlifting, dancing and gardening-are an integral part of Michelle’s daily life. At one time in her life she was a member of TXRG Rec’N Roller Derby. Participating as a team member Michelle learned valuable lessons of strength, flexibility, discernment, courage, cooperation and what it means to be a woman with power. Michelle’s love for Nature led her to learn Plein Air Painting-how to paint in the open air. Michelle paints in her back yard and has traveled to paint in Montana, California, Hawaii and Costa Rica. Michelle enjoys cooking for her family, experimenting with low glycemic recipes and lots of vegetables.
Michelle desires for each of us to cherish ourselves knowing that our body is a treasured friend. Michelle believes that when each of us discovers how to care for our self we become empowered to create our life, thriving as our unique, best self.
It is important to Michelle continue educating herself. She has spent time at the Premier Functional Health Institute : Sanoviv, earning a Health Advisor certificate Level 1 and 2.
“Wellness is not a medical fix but a way of living-a lifestyle sensitive and responsive to all the dimensions of body, mind and spirit, an approach in life we each design to achieve our highest potential for well-being, now and forever.”