Michelle is an occupational therapist with over 35 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver and has been in private practice; Access to Independence, Inc., for 18 years. Michelle’s work in assistive technology covers a broad range of roles and services. She evaluates and treats children and adults with a variety of diagnoses as well as provides consultation and education in the areas of wheelchair seating and mobility, accessibility, assistive technology access, and mounting.
Michelle is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally, and has presented over 700 courses, webinars, and recorded content. She is the former Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator for the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (NRRTS).
Michelle is co-editor (with Jean Minkel) of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th Ed. (RESNA Press), and former Clinical Editor of NRRTS Directions magazine. She is also former Editor of the Technology Special Interest Section (TSIS) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Michelle has authored 2 texts, 13 book chapters, and 245 articles. She is a member of the RESNA Assistive Technology Journal Editorial Board and the OccupationalTherapy.com advisory board.
Michelle is a past RESNA Secretary, Member at Large, member of the Board of Directors, Education Chair and the Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Special Interest Group Vice Chair. Michelle is a past member of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board and is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a RESNA Fellow, as well as a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Seating and Mobility Specialist (SMS). She is a former Senior Disability Analyst of the American Board of Disability Analysts (ABDA).
Michelle is happily married and has three wonderful children and 2 grandchildren. She is active in her church and enjoys hiking, biking, reading, working in the yard, and home improvement projects. And Chocolate!