Michelle is a fully licensed clinical social worker and Certified Synergetic Play Therapist®. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1996. She has worked with children, families, and people with disabilities for over twenty years.
Before opening her private practice, Open Minds Ann Arbor, LLC, Michelle worked in early intervention, family preservation, day treatment, residential treatment, and outpatient services. She served as the administrator of a national accessibility and inclusion program, and continues to provide consultation to programs and organizations striving to become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disabilities.
Michelle provides services to children, adults, and families. She is committed to helping kids and families experience greater enjoyment in their relationships, and increased competence and resilience at home, school, and play. She honors diversity in all its forms and strives to make every person with whom she works feel welcomed, affirmed, and respected.
Michelle specializes in working with children with brain-based differences, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and ADHD, and in providing clinical services to parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.
Michelle lives in Ann Arbor with her family and their dog. Being outdoors is very important to her. She loves to hike in the woods with her dog, spend time in her yard and garden, and is a beekeeper.