Growing up on a farm in Iowa, Michelle felt compassion and great enthusiasm for helping others from a very young age. Loosing a grandfather, aunt, and brother and watching the struggle of terminal illness as a teenager, she learned to care deeply and to appreciate every moment of gift that life holds. Even alongside motherhood and a demanding career as a financial consultant, Michelle has always found time for those in need, not just her own son when he struggled with cancer.
But her love and generosity aren’t just granted to her nearest and dearest; Michelle takes special interest in senior citizens, hospice patients and their families, or children facing life-threatening illnesses; and it extends further to animal welfare, such as rescuing homeless dogs. Truth be told, Michelle’s amazing spirit, clarity, and inner strength create an extremely sheltering, nurturing, and dignifying presence. Michelle also brings comfort, brightness, and smiles to others, also as an active volunteer within the ‘Make A Wish’ of Iowa foundation, hospice, and various animal rescue organizations.
Balancing her priorities, Michelle left corporate after 20 years to focus on hospital work, hospice care, and massage therapy. She founded Healing with Heart Massage Therapy LLC in Ames, IA: a company that provides professional bodywork to the public and contracts with retirement communities like Bethany Life in Story City.
Michelle quotes Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” and says she’s found her true calling. Touch has become her magic tool for touching people’s lives. She happily shares her success and excitement with colleagues and students who greatly benefit from her expertise.
Teaching at Body Wisdom, Michelle personifies the school’s philosophy of loving care that brings to light the immense essence and power of the individual for the benefit of a fulfilling life, and the greater good of all.
Michelle and her husband, a professor at Iowa State University, live in Ames together with their two spoiled dogs. They have four grown boys and enjoy spending time with family and friends. Michelle’s hobbies include cooking, wine tastings, hiking, fishing, biking, and traveling.