Michelle has over 18 years of pediatric experience in a variety of pediatric settings including school and home-based environments. She has been at FOCUS center for the last 10 years. In 1993, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Michigan and in 1996 earned a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Columbia University.
Michelle splits her time between FOCUS and the JCC on the Palisades Therapeutic Nursery, providing a strong emphasis on social skill training. Michelle has taken advanced trainings in sensory integration, therapeutic listening, and the ALERT program. She has expertise in treating children with sensory processing disorder, visual perceptual issues, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities.
Michelle is a strong believer in the team approach and appreciates collaborating with other professionals and parents. Michelle approaches each child with warmth and humor and seeks to find what motivates each individual child. She loves discovering what interests a child and using that interest to make each therapy session fun and joyful.
Michelle lives in Tenafly with her husband and two daughters.