After receiving her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Vermont, Michelle spent the next few years trying to survive the economic recession by working on boats along the Chicago River. Beautiful as the dusky river may be, Michelle decided to walk the plank and pursue her long time interest in preventative medicine, finding that she desired to have a more holistic and health-oriented profession. In 2010, Michelle enrolled into graduate school and has since earned her masters from the highly esteemed Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. She supplemented her education with a month long stint at Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, in Shen Yang, China, studying and apprenticing at the local hospital. Michelle is now a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist committed to educating and treating those within her community. Having spent time volunteering for the Chicago Women’s Health center, she is dedicated to women’s health and to those in the LGBT community. Michelle’s first passion is travel, something she learned from her Polish mother who insisted that seeing the world is a first class education. Having lived in Spain for one year, and traveling as much as possible since the tender age of 2, Michelle can attribute her passion of Chinese Medicine to the world-class education she received abroad. Being ill on numerous occasions while traveling has led her to rely on folk remedies from the countries she visited, leading to an understanding that holistic medicine is an important and vital approach to our well-being.